Posted by Editoress on 11/16/16
The Cyclery Racing is proud to announce its 2017 roster, composed of the nation's top upcoming talent. The ten-rider roster is building on a massively successful 2016 season. The team emerged as the dominant women's development program in Canada, with a sweep of the National Road and Time Trial championships, two riders attending the Olympic Games, a UCI stage race GC win and two riders graduating to professional UCI Teams.
Supported by title sponsor The Cyclery, Ottawa's premier bike and ski shop, The Cyclery Racing's longstanding goal is to provide a pathway for Canadian talent to graduate to the professional ranks. For 2017 two riders turn professional, with the National Road Champion Annie Foreman-Mackey joining the UCI World Tour team Twenty-16, and Tour of Somerville winner Ellen Watters joining the long running Colavita UCI squad.
Veteran rider Justine Clift (Vancouver, BC) will lead the young 2017 team, whose average age is under 24, supported by Olympic medalist and three time World Champion Tara Whitten (Calgary, AB), who will remain involved with the team in a mentorship role. The team is truly pan-Canadian, with riders hailing from five different provinces.
• Reigning National Criterium Champion Kinley Gibson (Edmonton, AB) will fly the National Champion jersey in major criteriums across the continent
• Former Rally Pro Cycling member Catherine Oullette (Montreal, QC) brings an extra dose of speed to the squad with a year of experience on one of the top pro teams in North America
• Calgarian Suzanne Hamilton joins the team from the long running Trek Red Truck program
• Twenty year old Marina Aspen (Saskatoon, SK) comes to the team from out West, bringing a versatile skillset
• Cycling Canada NextGen rider Sara Giovenetti (Mississauga, ON) emerged last season to win the Ontario Cup Road Race Series overall.
Returning riders Emily Flynn (Winchester, ON), Amelie Bruneau (Montreal, QC) and double U23 National Champion Ariane Bonhomme (Gatineau, QC) will look to build on the phenomenal momentum of 2016.
The team will travel across North American competing in a mix of UCI and National Racing Calendar events with heavy focus on the Canadian National Championships on our home turf in Ottawa and the Canada Games in Winnipeg.
The Cycling Racing will be making exciting sponsor announcements in the near future.
Emily Flynn, Ottawa ON
Amelie Bruneau, Montreal QC
Ariane Bonhomme (U23), Gatineau QC
Justine Clift, Vancouver BC
Tara Whitten, Calgary AB
Kinley Gibson (U23), Edmonton AB
Catherine Oullette (U23), Montreal QC
Suzanne Hamilton, Calgary AB
Marina Aspen (U23), Saskatoon SK
Sara Giovonetti, Mississauga ON
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