Posted by Editor on 02/14/06
Team Director Josée Robitaille has given us an update on what her team will look like for the coming season.
Everything is looking very good for us for the upcoming season. Volkswagen and Trek are back; they are still our 2 main sponsors. All the others partners are back, Oakley, Giro, Speedplay, Vittoria, Giordana, Adidas, Energie (drinks), PowerBar.
As far as it goes for the riders, we'll have a squad of 7 seniors and 4 juniors, It's been a long time since I went to the Tour of Abitibi, so I figure a trip back there could be fun!!!!
In the senior team, Alexandre Cloutier, Martin St-Laurent, Kevin Lacombe, Raphael Tremblay are back. Eric Boily will be joining them as a first year Espoir. Then we have 2 news riders - Jean Sébastien Béland, who rode for our team a couple of years ago, then he stopped for school. Now he's an airplane pilot and ready to ride back in the pro 1-2 field. Clovis Auger, a first year Espoir from Quebec will also be riding with us this year. Clovis was with the junior national team in Abitibi last year.
Martin Gilbert, as you know, is now riding with Kodak, and Alexandre Lavallée, will ride the next season with the Louis Garneau team, since he's also going to work for the company.
Our four juniors are all first year in that category, so that should be interesting. Marc Allard, Guillaume Blais Dufour, Stéphane Cossette and Thomas Fortin will be part of our team for this season.
Our calendar includes a lot of the provincial races, but also some races in the US. Our main goals are Beauce, road and track nationals and, of course, surviving at the Tour of Abitibi!!!
We have a young senior team and a young junior team, but still we're ready for the challenge, we're looking foward to begin the season.
2006 Steed Cycles Elite Team
Courtesy Jonathan Gormick
Steed Cycles is pleases to announce their Elite squad for 2006. The Steed Cycles Elite Team prides itself on allowing riders to compete in multiple disciplines and '06 promises to be an epic season for the team. On the road/XC/cyclocross side of things are Kim Steed, Jonathan Gormick, Scott McGregor, Jason Leber, Scott Malone and Mike Judge. Enduro/adventure racers are Carey Sather and Dean Irvine while the DH and 4X racing will be left to Shawn Pettersen.
This season the majority of the team will be rocking Santa Cruz Blur XC's fully pimped with SRAM drivetrains, Avid brakes, Rockshox Reba World Cup forks and Truvativ cranks. The racers themselves will be dressed in gear from Sugoi, Gyro Atmos helmets and DaKine gloves. Other major sponsors are Royal Bank Canada, Roberts Sailboards, North Shore Athletics and eBusiness Applications.
The team has been back training together since late December and is planning to start the season off with big results at the Dirty Duo (March 4) and the Sea Otter Classic. Check out www.steedcycles.com and the team's blog for news and photos.
Wheels of Bloor Elite Women's Cycling Team 2006
Wheels of Bloor Bike Shop, Ultralink, T.R. Consulting and Cervelo are very excited to announce their ongoing commitment to supporting the Wheels of Bloor Women's Cycling Team. As the team enters its second year of existence, it looks forward to building on the accomplishments made in its inaugural year, including provincial champion titles in both road and cyclo-cross categories.
The team plans to compete in both road and cyclocross at the Ontario level, in Canadian Road Nationals and elite level races, as well as in select NRC Calendar events. It will also continue its commitment to fostering cycling development at the grassroots and developmental level, through the provision of developmental cycling workshops and outreach programs to Ontario high school students.
The following riders will make up the team roster:
Julia Farell - Ontario Provincial Road Champion 2005
Anita Lagler - Ontario Provincial Cyclocross Champion 2005
Heather Davidson - Engineer with a criterium focus
Krystal Jeffs - Up and coming Espoir rider who has raced for Canada internationally
Jessica Spence - Former synchronized swimmer who came into cycling through competition in the bike messenger racing circuit.
This combination of talent, experience and drive promises to make the Wheels of Bloor Women's Team a force to be reckoned with for 2006, both in Ontario and throughout Canada.
Sponsored by Ultralink, T.R. Consulting and Cervelo
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