July 2020 Newsletter
Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed the progressive return to organized cycling activities across Canada. From limited group riding and organized club activities to a progressive return to training for National Team athletes, including access to training facilities, it feels like the 2020 season is slowly starting to resume. There is optimism that a return to organized cycling activities in Canada, including scheduled national calendar races, could be on the horizon.
While we continue the good work that has gotten us this far, stay alert this summer to Cycling Canada’s channels for event updates, news, as well as exciting giveaways and contests. We will continue to keep you up-to-date with the latest information and will give you a behind the scenes look at what the return to training is looking like for our athletes.
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News & Updates
POSITION ON NATIONAL TEAM ACTIVITY IN 2020
Cycling Canada has taken a strong position regarding national team programming, events & travel from now until 2021 in order to ensure athlete & staff safety. Athletes will not be required to take part in any competitions until the end of the year, and this will not impact their carding or Olympic/Paralympic selection.
CYCLING CANADA PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES CORE PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES
As provinces across Canada are slowly returning to sport, Cycling Canada has outlined its public health measures core principles and guidelines for all organized cycling activities. With more clubs, teams and training facilities opening, it is essential that members adhere to the federal, local and municipal health recommendations. For more information, visit our COVID-19/Coronavirus FAQ.
UCI HEALTH PROTOCOLS FOR ROAD CYCLING
The return to UCI WorldTour road racing is on the horizon with the season set to resume on August 1 for Strade Bianche. In anticipation of a return to racing at the highest level of the sport, the UCI has outlined mandatory, recommended and desired health measures for teams, organizers and other people involved in road events which apply to all road events on the UCI international calendar.
CYCLING CHATS P/B AFEX WEBINAR
On July 8th, join some of the leaders in the Canadian cycling industry, including Martin Le Sauteur (CEO of Argon18) & Phil White (President of 4iii) for a fascinating discussion on recent changes and trends in the cycling industry. The webinar starts at noon EST and spaces are limited, so hurry up and register here.
RETURN TO TRAINING
Over the last several weeks, Cycling Canada National Team programs across Canada have progressively returned to training. For an overview of the Track, Para-cycling and BMX return to training protocols, check out our Instagram highlights.
HOP ON HOME EDITION
Last May, Cycling Canada launched its Hop On Home Edition program, providing cycling activities for kids & families all over Canada. New activities are uploaded every two weeks for all skill levels
EventsNATIONAL CALENDAR UPDATE
Cycling Canada announced its revised national calendar, with events running from September through November including revised dates for the Canadian BMX and Track Championships. Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the DH, Marathon and XCO Canadian Championships for the 2020 season. In the coming months, we will continue to work closely with local, provincial and federal public health officials regarding the execution of the calendar. Click here to see the full list of cancelled or postponed events.
We are proud to be part of a dynamic and outstanding cycling community whose many achievements and contributions go beyond performances on the bike. In an effort to recognize some of these many noteworthy achievements, Cycling Canada would like to give a shout-out and congratulate the following individuals:
- Quebec athletes Tristan Jussaume and Lily Plante received bursaries from the Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec (FAEQ).
- Six-time Canadian champion and two-time mountain bike Olympian Marie-Hélène Prémont was inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame.
- Clara Hughes received an Honorary Diploma in Health Studies from Niagara College.
- Rob Britton rode over 500 km and raised $12,000 for the WIRTH Hats Counseling Fund.
- Jeremy Rae set a new Canadian Everesting record with an unofficial time of 10 hours, 27 minutes , while Adam Miller climbed 10,000 m and held the record briefly until his teammate overtook him in the Ascent Challenge. They both raised money for the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
We are always looking to recognize outstanding and notable achievements from the Canadian cycling community! If you know of anyone who is deserving of a shout-out, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR CYCLING CANADA HIGH PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE
Cycling Canada is welcoming personal expressions of interest, or the identification of individuals, who are capable, willing and motivated to serve the organization in a volunteer capacity on the High Performance Committee for a mandate of 2 years. Applications close on July 15th.
The right fuel is essential to a successful workout, which is why Clif Bar partnered with Cycling Canada by providing all athletes and staff with a delicious selection of bars and products. If you too want to try these amazing products, head over to our Facebook page and enter our Clif contest.
The Shifting Gears blog provides a platform for our staff, athletes, board and community to write about interesting topics and ideas. Last month, articles published on Shifting Gears tackled the following topics: Rain Delays, A New Canadian Classic: Reflections on the Gatineau Grand Prix, How to Win the Tour de Beauce With a Little Help From Your Friends, Mindful Eating for Health & Performance and Get Ready for Cycling’s New Look.