January 10/12 12:27 pm - 2012 Track Nationals Awarded to Dieppe, New Brunswick
Posted by Editoress on 01/10/12
The 2012 Canadian Track Cycling Championships will be held on September 12-18 in Dieppe, New Brunswick, at the National Cycling Centre - Atlantic Canada on the newly resurfaced Caisse Populaire de Dieppe/Memramcook Velodrome. This marquee venue will attract the best Canadian riders to the Maritimes for what promises to be a great spectacle of track cycling.
Canada’s top track riders will challenge for the coveted Red and White Jerseys following the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in London. Competition at the Canadian Track Cycling Championships is always intense, and every year, this event sees breakthrough performances from young riders all over the country.
The Canadian Track Cycling Championships make their way for the third time to Atlantic Canada. In 2006 and 2007, Dieppe played host the Track Cycling Championships. The event has been held for the last two years in Bromont, QC at the National Cycling Centre Quebec.
Mathieu Boucher, Director of Development at the Canadian Cycling Association, is pleased with the progress of the event. “We have been working in close collaboration with the National Cycling Centre – Atlantic Canada and the local organizing committee, and we are confident this will be a great event for the athletes and for the community. This will be a great opportunity to showcase track cycling to an new audience and we hope the event will educate and inspire the growth of cycling in the Maritimes.”
Luc Arseneau, Head Coach at the National Cycling Centre – Atlantic Canada, is delighted to see this event come to the Centre, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011. “Having the best track cyclists, including Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Team members, come in to Dieppe to race our newly surfaced Velodrome will provide a great platform for an exciting show in Atlantic Canada. The community in Atlantic Canada has always supported major events, and we are looking forward to see everyone gather together and celebrate cycling with this marquee track cycling event.”
The National Cycling Centre – Atlantic Canada recently resurfaced its velodrome, thanks to many volunteers, coaches and athletes who pitched in to give a boost to the local and provincial racing. The resurfacing project was funded by local and provincial levels of governments, as well as private donors such as the Caisse Populaire de Dieppe/Memramcook.
Thanks to the Centre’s relentless efforts, cyclists hailing from the National Cycling Centre Atlantic have produced more than 60 National medals and 21 invitations to represent Canada at UCI World Championships. The Centre helped some high-profile athletes to reach international levels, including World Tour rider Christian Meier (Sussex, NB/GreenEdge Pro Cycling), pro cyclist Moriah Jo MacGregor (Vancouver, BC/Juvéderm-Specialized), Canada Cup Champion Matt Hadley (Mount Hope, NB/Team Expresso), Canadian Omnium Champion Cam McKinnon (Dieppe, NB/Team H&R Block), Garrett Macleod (Wolfville, NS /Team H&R Block) and young sensation Stuart Wight (Riverview, NB/CR4C Rouanne), just to name a few.
The schedule of the event will be published closer to the event. The event will feature racing for the Elite, Junior, Cadet, Masters and Para-cycling.