FRIGID NIGHT IN MONTREAL FOR THE TIME TRIAL RACE AT
Dominique Mainguy impresses National Team on
very first cycling race
(Montreal, QC – April 27, 2012) The 2012 Para-cycling
road season has officially started with the presentation
of the time trial race at the Défi Sportif Alter-Ego,
a race which went ahead despite frigid temperatures
as Montreal is hit with a cold front.
Riders from several countries converged at the Gilles
Villeneuve racetrack for the night races, braving extremely
Rising star and Paralympic games hopeful Marie-Ève
Croteau of Québec, QC and Shelley Gautier of
Toronto, ON both two-time World Champions, rode to the
first and second place respectively in the tricycle
category. Both riders were riding on their new custom-built
bikes for the very first time in a race, thanks to a
partnership with Cycles Marinoni.
Also in the tricycle race was up-and-coming Dominique
Mainguy of Québec, QC, a new rider who raced
for the first time of her career. Mainguy, who swam
recreationally to maintain form, contacted the Canadian
Cycling Association last fall about participating in
cycling races this summer. After a winter spent training
on a trainer bike, Mainguy rode for the first time on
the road three weeks ago. After a few outings, she opted
to race on a more stable tricycle. Today, Mainguy placed
fourth and showed she can be a contender in international
In the handcycling race, Mark Ledo of Maple, ON won
the gold medal. Rico Morneau placed third while Mark
Beggs took the fourth spot. Robbert Labbé finished
in seventh place, and was the fastest of the H1 category.
In the tandem race, it was no surprise to see Thunder
Bay’s Robbi Weldon and Lyne Bessette of Knowlton,
QC cross the line with the fastest time. The tandem
is the world champion in the event, sporting for the
first time this season their brand new Rainbow jersey.
Daniel Chalifour and Alexandre Cloutier followed with
the second fastest time, while the Québec tandem
of Geneviève Ouellette and Emilie Roy came third.
Making for the first time an appearance on the road
after riding track for the last year, the tandem of
William Stanley and Pierre-Olivier Boily raced for the
first time together in an international road race and
In the standing C category, Matthieu Parent went on
to take the second place, followed by Marie-Claude Molnar
in third. The Calgary duo of Brayden McDougall and Jaye
Milley placed fourth and fifth respectively, followed
by Paralympic hall of famer Arnold Boldt in sixth. Eric
Bourgeault place 11th.
At this international event, the final raw times are
factorized using the same factors to be used at the
Paralympic Games, this upcoming summer.
Tomorrow will be held the mass-start road races on the
Gilles Villeneuve racetrack.