Nationals are done and dusted. We are beyond excited that Ben was able to nab two jerseys, and Nigel was able to come back full throttle from an injury to finish second in the crit. Obviously the team is happy with the way we performed, but here’s something we were saying all week: the people of “The Beauce” are awesome.
Where would Canadian cycling be without Francis Rancourt, his team at the Tour de Beauce, and all the volunteers? I can’t imagine the history of our sport without the rough hills and roads of the Beauce. Speaking of hills, the walk between Le Georgesville and the Rock Cafe is legendary amongst cyclists from Canada and around the world (!). When we had van trouble, both JeanPierre Droulin at Cliche Auto Ford Saint-Georges and the always generous Denis Levesque from St-Georges Toyota made sure all was ok. The expertise and hard work of everyone at Cycling Canada looks so at ease in the Beauce. The crackling race radio and commentary of Jacques Landry and Pascale Quirion had a familiar and warm tone even as they described some of the toughest racing all year.
Gord Fraser said it best… twice: 1. Sitting in the Rock Cafe he looked over at all the organizers and volunteers and said “These people are family.” 2. As we passed through the feed zone during the road race I commented on how hectic it looked. Gord said, “Hey, it’s Nationals. Riders are getting feeds from not only teams, but also parents, family and friends.”
From our riders and staff, thank you Cycling Canada, the Tour de Beauce team and all the people of the Beauce for making everything possible.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again. And we’re even more excited to have our Kiwi ARay, rejoin us at BC Superweek, after a very successful Tour of America’s Dairylands in the US.