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May 21/09 9:58 am - Devinci Challenge 2009

Posted by Editoress on 05/21/09

As part of the Nations’ Cup U23, which will be held in Saguenay from 4th to 7th of June 2009, the Vallée de l’aluminium team (EVA/Devinci) is holding a North American 2 day (sanctioned)  challenge, to be included in the schedule of the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes (FQSC). The cyclists taking part will then have the opportunity to witness one of the five stages of the only U23 World Cup in North America. By hosting such a prestigious competition, the City of Saguenay aims to create an inescapable sporting event, which will undoubtedly attract the best young cyclists from Canada and around the world.

Categories Men (includes categories junior and U23) Women (includes categories junior, U23 and Elite) This challenge will serve as a preparatory event for the athletes before the Canada Games. Therefore, the cyclists’ packs will be merged in a one and only ranking system. Please note that in order to add to the challenge and to increase enrolment levels, the race in the women’s category will also be open to cyclists competing in the Elite category.

Events and Course

Saturday 6th of June

Road race will take place on the same course (8.6 km loop) as the Nations’ Cup, with a steep climb and an equally long descent. The official Nations’ Cup event is to kick off in the morning, followed by the first part of the Devinci Challenge in the afternoon. Finally, the first start of the individual time-trialing competition will be presented on the same race course, from 6:00 pm. To view the race course map click on this link

Race Schedule
1:30 pm:  Men 12 loops of 8.6 km 103.2 km
1:35 pm:  Women 8 loops of 8.6 km 68.8 km

Sunday 7th of June

The criterium event will be held in the morning, in downtown Chicoutimi, just before the Nations’ Cup’s final stage. Through an exciting course, with a very sharp rise, the athletes will cycle along Saguenay Boulevard, Salaberry Hill, Racine Street, Morin Street and, again, Saguenay Boulevard. On the Racine Street stretch, race participants will cycle through the heart of Chicoutimi’s nightlife, with its many restaurants and bars. Cyclists will also ride along the picturesque Saguenay City Hall.

Race Schedule
8:30 am: Women Duration: 50 minutes
9:45 am:  Men Duration: 60 minutes

Pre-Registration is compulsory and can only be done on the FQSC web site
Entry fee is 45$ for each cyclist.
Closing date for registration: 4th of June at 11:00pm.

More information is available here


Courtesy FQSC


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