SRAM-supported pros a big part of Team Canada at Worlds SRAM-supported pros a big part of Team Canada at Worlds

SRAM-supported pros a big part of Team Canada at Worlds

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Members of the Team Canada Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s rosters at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships came from across the huge nation… British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. They race for several different trade teams and based in Europe and North America.

But the majority of Team Canada has at least one thing in common – they’ll be riding SRAM RED components this weekend in Richmond, Va. Four of the six Canadian elite women racing today and four of the six Canadian elite men racing Sunday will be on SRAM drivetrains. It’s a sign Canadian riders doing well, earning a record quota of roster spots for the nation at worlds. It’s also an indicator U.S.-based pro teams including the SRAM-supported TWENTY16 p/b Sho Air, Optum Pro Cycling and Team SmartStop look to their neighbor to the North for talent. The international roster of Velocio-SRAM includes Karol-Ann Canuel, who is racing for Team Canada in Richmond.

“Having an all North America team helps us to create a positive team environment as we are familiar with all of the athletes before they join our program,” said Jonas Carney, performance director of Optum Pro Cycling. “Having Canadians on our roster has worked out very well for the last nine years. There is a lot of talent coming out of Canada right now.”

Optum Pro Cycling has two women and three men competing for Team Canada in this weekend’s elite races.

“For the men, the competition at Worlds will be incredibly steep, but the course in Richmond is well suited to Ryan Anderson and Guillaume Boivin. Both of them are riding well right now and have a chance to impress with a solid result,” Carney said. “For Mike Woods, the course is not ideal. But it’s a great chance for him to help his teammates and gain valuable experience.”

“On the women’s side, it’s a great course for Leah Kirchmann. Leah is medal capable, and with a little bit of luck she could pull off of a big result in Richmond,” Carney said.

Hugo Houle of France-based AG2R LA MONDIALE (which rides SRAM components, Zipp wheels, Quarq power measurement) is wrapping up a successful season that included an elite men’s Canadian time trial championship and a gold medal in the time trial at the Pan American Games. He brings crucial WorldTour experience to a young Team Canada in Sunday’s grueling race.

“It’s a hard circuit and the positioning will be really important to save the legs,” Houle said. “That will be a long race 260km. All the energy we can save is important at the end.”

Top photo by BrakeThrough Media

Team Canada on SRAM

ELITE WOMEN – Racing Saturday

Karol-Ann Canuel

Hometown: Gatineau, Quebec

Trade Team: Velocio-SRAM)

 

Annie Ewart

Hometown: Victoria, British Colombia

Trade Team: Optum Pro Cycling

 

Alison Jackson

Hometown: Abbotsford, British Colombia

Trade Team: TWENTY16 p/b Sho Air

 

Leah Kirchmann

Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Trade Team: Optum Pro Cycling

 

ELITE MEN – Racing Sunday

Ryan Anderson

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Trade Team: Optum Pro Cycling

 

Guillaume Boivin

Hometown: Longueuil, Quebec

Trade Team: Optum Pro Cycling

 

Hugo Houle

Hometown: Ste-Perpétue, Quebec

Trade Team: AG2R LA MONDIALE

 

Michael Woods

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Trade Team: Optum Pro Cycling

Roster information from Cycling Canada

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