Professional rider and five-time Canadian champion Jean-Michel Lachance will be Daniel Chalifour’s pilot at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. The tandem started 2016 with a bang, earning the bronze medal in the pursuit at the world para-cycling track championships in March.
Lachance launched his para-cycling pilot career in 2015, joining forces with Chalifour, a para-cycling veteran with a visual impairment, who earned fourth place finishes at the last two Paralympic Games.
In 2015 Lachance crashed in road training and broke his leg and elbow which required surgery and kept him of his bike for seven weeks.
Growing up in various competitive sports, Lachance was introduced to cycling at age 15 and found a deep passion for the sport. At 20, he founded the five-day annual stage race, the Tour de Québec, with the goal of supporting his cycling career.
5th in team pursuit at 2011 Pan Am Games… won his first career UCI race and was overall leader for several days at the Vuelta Costa Rica in 2013
His sister Émilie competed at the world speed skating championships… Works as an ambassador for 1% pour la Planète which encourages companies to give back one percent of their sales to environmental causes… When he is not riding in tandem with Daniel Chalifour he competes for Ride for the Planet pro team… One of six children…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2016 Défi sportif, time trial, 2nd
2016 Cologne Classic, Criterium, 2nd
2016 World Track Championships, pursuit, 3rd
2016 World Cup (BEL), road race 4th
2016 World Cup (BEL), time trial, 6th