August 15/06 12:00 pm - Bessette Keeping Busy in her 'Retirement'
Posted by Editoress on 08/15/06
Bessette Keeping Busy in her 'Retirement"
By Amanda Leigh Cox
Recently retired Canadian Pro Cyclist Lyne Bessette is keeping busy in her retirement. The Knowlton-based star cyclist retired from professional road cycling this May 24th, roughly a week after abandoning France's grueling Tour de l'Aude after Stage 7. Though completely out of road racing, she left the door open for possible future competitions in cyclocross Ë† where swept the North American Crank Brothers series and was Canadian Champion in 2005.
Those who thought Bessette would take up knitting and gardening full-time were mistaken as this past weekend she took part in the Verdun Triathlon / Duathlon, organized by friend and former teammate Manon Jutras. Bessette came in third overall in a field of 37 athletes in an overall time of 1 hour 13 minutes for a 5 K run, followed by a 20 K ride and completed with another 5 K run.
In a recent interview with Quebec's Veloptimum, Bessette revealed what is next on her schedule: "I am getting ready for my first Endurance Adventure Race to be held the weekend of August 18 to 20th in Saint Raymond. The event will have a live link to the website www.enduranceaventure.com and will be in the Journal de Montreal. My team consists of Georges Visser, Jean-François Rivet, Nicolas Lemaître and me. It was the guys who approached me about it Ë† since they heard that I had some time on my hands! I have a friend who does Adventure racing and I had always wanted to try it so I accepted the challenge."
What's next for Bessette ? Only she knows, but the cyclocross season is approachingâˆ‘.