- Quebec Can Put On A Show: The organizers of the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal produce thoughtful, beautiful and festive races. When the racers arrive in Quebec, they stay in the historic Château Frontenac–a Quebec landmark and one of the most photographed hotels in the world. The centrepiece of the Montreal race is Mont Royal, a small “mountain” and gentle park space whose gorgeous design was initiated by Frederick Law Olmstead, the famed designer of Central Park. Both the Quebec and Montreal circuits are spectator friendly and make it simple for the TVA broadcast and GPCQM livestream showcase the cities, in both official languages, in spectacular fashion.
- “Masbou”: In 2017, Nicolas Masbourian has emerged as a talent to watch on the North American cycling scene. The 22 year-old held his own–and more–in the break of the day in Quebec. A breakthrough race for a rider who has positioned himself to take on more of a leadership role in the future.
- Benjamin Perry and Teo the Tank: Their presence in the break in Montreal reminded us of how good they’ve been all year. Ben’s win of the KOM jersey confirms he is one of the best U23 riders on the America Tour.
- Canadian Cyclists Have True Grit: Much has been said of the fact that 6 out of 8 of the riders on the Canadian National Team for the World Tour races came from our program. But the leadership of Guillaume Boivin (Cycling Academy) and Bruno Langlois (Garneau) cannot be understated because it was built on hardened experience and sheer toughness. Yes Masbou, Perry and Dal-Cin had great rides, but Boivin and Langlois were coming off injuries, had scrambled to prepare, and found a way to make it work. After 10 days of training since his last race in June, Boivin was positioned in the front group with Sagan in the last 500m of the Quebec race. You don’t get there just by being a smart racer.
- Canadian Cycling is on the Rise: Ryder Hesjedal and Christian Meier are retiring, but a new wave of world class cyclists seems ready to spill onto the scene. Many names come to mind immediately, but how about David Drouin? Supported all year by his club team, Norco Premier Tech, he was given opportunities by Cycling Canada and as a stagiare with us, and now has completed his first two World Tour races. There are so many talents like David in this country that simply need a nudge of support from programs such as Silber Pro Cycling to get to the next level. Thanks to the organizers of the GPCQM for providing a venue to make this point obvious and for showcasing cycling in Canada to the world.
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