The biggest event on the domestic road cycling calendar in Canada is returning to Beauce, Quebec, from June 28 to July 1 for the 2019 Canadian Road Championships for Elite, U23, Junior and Para athletes after a four year absence. Every year, the Road Championships attract Canada’s most prominent athletes who travel from all over the country to attempt to win the coveted maple leaf jersey.
“We are very excited to welcome the Canadian Road Championships back in Beauce and are expecting yet another strong field of riders to participate,” said Jolene Dupuis, Events and Officials Coordinator at Cycling Canada.
“We have a great level of confidence with the organizer, who will be putting on the Tour de Beauce the week before the Championships. We are looking forward to some great racing throughout the Championships and hope to see some strong performances to bring in the Canada Day long weekend!”
The championships will begin on Friday, June 28 with the Individual Time Trial for all categories, which will be held on the outskirts of Saint-Prosper, over distances ranging from 11 to 34 kilometres.
Saturday and Sunday will see the Road Race titles awarded, beginning with the Para athletes (30.5 – 73.6 km) on Saturday morning, followed by the Junior men (108.5 km) and the U23 and Elite women (108.5 km) in the afternoon.
The Para athletes will complete a 6.1 kilometre circuit in the city of Saint-Georges, while all the other riders will head out to Saint-Odilon and complete a number of loops before heading back to the finish line. On Sunday, the Junior women (78.1 km) will kick off the races, followed by the U23 and Elite men, who will complete a distance of 186.2 kilometres.
The championships will conclude on Monday with the Criterium, a fast-paced spectator favourite, taking place on a 1.3 kilometre circuit through the streets of St-Georges. Junior and Elite (including Under-23) women and men will race for between 30 and 60 minutes, with the finish usually coming down to a high speed mass sprint for the line.