October 29/04 7:31 am - Canadian Team Signings, Cycling Celebration Update, Muenzer to Burnaby Track Meet
Posted by Editor on 10/29/04
Symmetrics Signs More Riders
Courtesy Team Symmetrics
Symmetrics Cycling's mission statement is to provide support through leadership, guidance and development within a professional infrastructure to foster the personal and athletic growth of the next generation of Canadian Olympic cyclists. Brad Fairall, Christian Meier, and Jeff Sherstobitoff have all signed with Symmetrics and will be a huge part of this next generation.
Fairall, 19 from West Vancouver, BC, Meier, 19 from Sussex, NB, and Sherstobitoff, 22 of Kelowna, BC have all proved their worth in 2004. All three riders spent time in Europe with the National Espoir program and raced domestically as well. Sherstobitoff placed third at Nationals in the Espoir Time Trial Championships and then was selected to race the World Espoir Championships for Canada after some impressive European results. Meier and Fairall were both part of the spring Espoir project and returned to Canada in late May. Both riders had strong late seasons with Meier winning the opening time trial at the Tobago Cycling Classic against some top US professionals and was consistently in the top 20 at Green Mountain Stage Race. Fairall placed a brilliant second in the BC Espoir Time Trial Championships and third overall behind Svein Tuft and Sherstobitoff.
Returning to the team for his third year will be Scott Goguen of Coquitlam, BC. It will be Goguen's years of experience that will help to shape Symmetrics' young riders into a formidable unit. Goguen, a 1990 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist in the road race, will primarily race a BC and Pacific NW race schedule.
Symmetrics Cycling Director Jeremy Storie says, "With our roster pretty much complete we have a team that will be suited for the long term. Adding Jeff, Christian, and Brad to our current young riders Cam Evans, Mash Cooper, and Will Routley will only solidify our presence at the top for many years to come. Our program is here to develop these riders and rather than every year having a huge turnover of personnel we can continue to groom riders from within and gain more consistency in this manner"
New Signings at Jet Fuel
Courtesy Dave Butler
The Jet Fuel Coffee team will be back on the road in 2005 entering its 7th year as a UCI registered team. As Canada's longest running trade team, Jet Fuel Coffee has applied for the new Continental team status. The team will continue its successful domestic and international campaigns next season.
Two new young riders will be racing with the squad in 2005. One of Canada's top Espoir aged talents, Mark Pozniak, has joined the team. Mark's 2004 season was highlighted by some strong performances that highlighted his potential to everyone involved with the team.
Looking westward the team is excited to add Zach Bell to the squad. Zach's ability to race on the road and the track makes him one of Canada's newest cycling talents. Zach won the 2004 Canadian Pursuit title and won various road events this season.
The team will again be supported by some of the best companies involved in the cycling industry. Cervelo Cycles, Louis Garneau Sports, Alex A-Class wheels and Truvativ have already renewed their support for the upcoming season.
The team's final roster and the complete list of sponsors will be finalized in the upcoming weeks.
Trek/Powerbar/Broadway Station Dental Announces Preliminary Roster
Courtesy James Neil
Confirmed at this time for the 2005 season are returning riders Sean Dawson, 2nd overall in the BC Cup Series, Israelie National Champion, Leah Goldstein, Brian Green, BC Junior Champion, Josh James, Master A National Road Race Champion, James Neil, and Chris White. A final team roster and sponsors will be announced in the near future. Steve Engh and James Neil will co-manage the team. For more information please visit the team website at www.trekvwracing.com.
Michael Barry to Attend Cycling Celebration
This morning, Michael Barry confirmed his attendance at the OCA's Cycling Celebration. Michael finished an incredible 7th at the World Road Cycling Championships in Hamilton last year. Michael's wife, Dede Barry, will also be attending. Dede, racing for Team USA, won a silver medal in the woman's time trial in Athens this past summer.
This makes for a star studded cast showing up for the 5th annual Cycling Celebration November 20th at the Olympic Spirit in Toronto.
Other special Olympian guests include:
Curt Harnett (MC)
This event celebrates the achievements garnered by our cyclists in 2004. Don't miss the opportunity to attend this event - call the OCA ticket hotline for more information: 416.426.7416. We are now 60% sold out!
Lori-Ann Muenzer to Race in Burnaby
On Friday November 26, Lori-Ann Muenzer, Athens Olympic Gold medalist, will compete against all of the top track racers in Canada as well as top talent from the United States. This will be Muenzer's first competition since capturing the gold medal in the Sprint event this past August in Greece. Also racing will be the World Silver medalist in the Scratch Race, Mandy Poitras, and reigning National men's and women's Keirin Champions Matt Chater and Breanna Loster. See the best track racers in Canada as they prepare for World Cup selections standards.
Among the races featured are:
* Mass start, sprint and timed events
* Points races Ë† 100 laps, point sprints every 10 laps
* Miss-n-outs Ë† sprints every 2nd lap, last place rider eliminated
* Keirins Ë† Japanese style racing behind a pace bike
Date: Nov 26, 27, 28 2004
Time: Nov 26: 7:00 PM
Nov 27/28: 9:00 AM Ë† 4:30 PM
Location: Harry Jerome Sports Centre
7564 Barnet Highway
For more information, visit www.burnabyvelodrome.ca. Registration available on www.karelo.com starting November 1.