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The Canadian cycling community has rallied together during these challenging times and it has been so encouraging to see athletes, clubs, event organizers and teams discover new ways to connect. We’ve gotten to know our athletes better in live Instagram Q&As and they’ve joined our community virtually leading Zwift rides, FulGaz challenges and at-home workouts. 

This month, keep a close eye on our social media channels because we’ll be releasing new videos, challenges and contests that you definitely don’t want to miss. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to update your user profile & preferences so that we can send you information & content tailored to your needs.

Thank you for coming along for the ride!

News & Updates

Cycling Canada is excited to launch a virtual FulGaz race series in collaboration with Canadian bike company Argon 18. The four event series is open to Cycling Canada members and will run from May 8 to June 4 on four different virtual courses across Canada challenging riders with varied terrain. More information will be available here shortly. 

Over the weekend, Cycling Canada launched its new “Home Edition” Hop On program, which includes activities and games children can complete and play near home, as well as teaching tips for parents helping their child build confidence. Hop On is a games-based cycling program that teaches school aged kids across Canada the joy of cycling safely.

Over the last few weeks, several athletes have accomplished great cycling feats, while managing to raise money in the process. Two weeks ago, Toronto Hustle managed to raise 200,000$ for frontline healthcare workers during their 24 hour Zwift Cycling Marathon, and club member Travis Samuel broke a world record by riding 1008 km. This weekend, it was James Piccoli’s turn to raise money for this cause by going up Montreal’s Camillien-Houde hill 100 times, raising 15,000$ in the process.

Photo: James Piccoli riding up the Camillien-Houde hill 

On April 27, Cycling Canada recommended that all cycling events on the Cycling Canada calendar be postponed or cancelled until July 6. A new recommendation will be made on May 25. In the meantime, we are working tirelessly to form a plan for a return to cycling for clubs, teams and our cycling community that adheres to the guidelines being set forth by provinces and the Canadian government. Click here to see the full list of cancelled or postponed events and visit our COVID-19 FAQ for answers to common questions and concerns.

On April 15, the UCI announced the broad lines of the revised 2020 International Road Calendar, including dates for the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta Ciclista a Espana, as well as the Monuments and the National Championships. Cycling Canada is still evaluating whether the new proposed dates for the Elite National Championships are feasible. 

Photo: Sarah Orban, Sprint Program | Photo credit: Nick Wammes 

Shifting Gears Series
Shifting Gears gives a voice to the Canadian cycling community to address various issues and experiences, and gives them the opportunity to learn from leaders in the industry. Last month, articles published on Shifting Gears tackled the following topics: Cycling, an expression of hope, How Canadian athletes are staying physically fit and mentally prepared during the pandemic, Race organizers, Telehealth, Local bike clubs and How to stay engaged with your cycling community.