Posted by Editoress on 03/26/10
Three members of Canada’s 2010 National Cyclocross team have confirmed their participation in the 17th edition of Paris to Ancaster bicycle race on Sunday April 18, 2010. The three riders representing three provinces are all first time participants in Canada’s biggest bike race.
Jared Stafford, of Newmarket Ontario (Bike Sports racing team) has over a decade of racing experience despite being just 19 years of age. The World Cyclocross Championships in Tabor , Czech Republic were his first, but hopefully not last crack at the top echelons of the sport. His ‘cross skills and mountainbike roots provide an ideal skill set for the P2A.
Mack Carson, 18, from Edmonton Alberta, is also long on cycling experience, having ditched the training wheels at age 5, ridden bike ever since, and raced for the last five years. 5th best North American at the Under 19 Worlds in Tabor, Mack is also an accomplished road and track racer. Paris to Ancaster, while officially a mountainbike race, favours racers with strong road racing backgrounds as well as off road technical ability. As a member of the Juventas Cycling Club based at the Argyle velodrome in Edmonton and sponsored by Bow Cycle, Carson is a multi discipline rider. Road, Track, and Cyclocross World Championships are all on his “to do” list for 2010-11.
Kiernan Orange, 18, from Chelsea, Quebec is in his 7th season of racing. As the Quebec Provincial Champion, and National Championship bronze medalist, he will be a closely watched protagonist from the get go in Paris. A member of the Ride with Rendall team based in Ottawa, Orange is also a past winner of the Quebec Cup, a season long series which confirms his consistent ability to produce top results.
About the race
Paris to Ancaster is the largest mass participation bicycle race in Canada with 1900 participants in 2009. 2010 marks the 17th edition of the race which is a unique mix of paved and unpaved roads, rail trails, farm lanes and fields, abandoned railways, closed road allowances and forest tracks. Past champions include Olympic medalists ( Alison Sydor, Clara Hughes) Commonwealth Games medalists (Seamus Mcgrath, Sue Palmer) and a virtual who’s who of Canadian cycling over the past two decades.
There are 60 and 35km races for beginners to Olympians. . Race details at www.parisancaster.com
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