Canadian Para cyclists re-enforce Rio 2016 performances with dazzling worlds

September 5, 2017

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa – After a nine-medal performance at the Rio Paralympic Games last year, Canada’s Para cyclists pedalled to more triumphs at the world road championships which concluded on Sunday September 3.

Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, B.C., capped the impressive showing with gold in the C2 60.7 kilometre road race on Sunday. It was his second win of the competition as Canada finished with five gold, a silver and a bronze.

Shelley Gautier of Toronto also raced to double gold in the T1 time trial and road race. Michael Sametz of Calgary was the other victor while Ross Wilson of Edmonton and Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Que., added a silver and a bronze in their respective time trials.

 “It’s been a dream come true kind of a season,” admitted Chernove, a triple medallist in Rio. “This was my first road worlds and I had high expectations. I’ve worked really hard since Rio without taking a break, training and racing, and came here more relaxed and prepared, and it paid off.”

Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach at Cycling Canada, was pleased with the  results.

 “It’s been a very successful world championships on all performances,’’ he said. ‘’We have athletes who are stepping up their games, and we have athletes coming out of a post-Paralympic season and getting their groove back together.”