Earlier today, the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) announced the 2012 Canadian Road Cycling Calendar which includes 12 events, 11 UCI sanctioned, all taking place in the province of Québec. The CCA calendar is highlighted by the 2012 IMMUNITY-FX Canadian Road Championships in Lac-Mégantic, Québec, as well as with the third edition of the UCI World Tour Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal to end the domestic season in September.
The Calendar also includes the only UCI U23 and junior (men and women) races in North America. USA Cycling unveiled its NRC and NCC calendars in October.
The 2012 season will start with the traditional women’s Chrono Gatineau and Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau in Gatineau, QC in May. This event will feature some of the best international women’s racing in the beautiful Parc de la Gatineau, and large nature park located minutes from the heart of downtown Ottawa. In 2011, Canadian National Team member Clara Hughes won the Chrono Gatineau, an individual Time Trial race.
Ville de Saguenay, in Québec, will welcome for the sixth consecutive year the UCI Coupe des Nations U23 stage race at the end of May, an event part of the internationally-governed Coupe des Nations, a four-event tour aimed at bridging youth cycling to professional cycling.
The high-profile Tour de Beauce will celebrate its 27th anniversary this season, from June 12-17. The international hallmark stage race promises an exciting show for all road cycling fans for five straight days, showcasing some of the top international UCI continental and pro-continental teams from across the world, including Canada’s own Team SpiderTech powered by C10.
The 2012 IMMUNITY-FX Canadian Road Championships will be held the weekend following the Tour de Beauce, in Lac-Mégantic, from June 21-24. The best Canadian cyclist will be crowned Canadian Champion and will receive the coveted Red and White Jersey, which they will proudly wear in road races across the world. The event will feature the traditional road race, the individual time trials and the exciting criterium. Juniors, masters and para-cyclists will race the following weekend, from June 28 to July 1.
Providing the racing opportunities for the junior riders, there are four large races organized specifically for these young, aspiring champions. In addition to the 2012 IMMUNITY-FX Canadian Championships, the U19 women will have a chance to race at the Grand Prix de Rimouski (QC), and the Tour de la Relève internationale de Rimouski (QC), while the U19 men will race the Tour de l’Abitibi in Val d’Or (QC).
The Classique Montréal-Québec is a becoming a staple on the Canadian domestic calendar. As a CCA-sanctioned race, this race offers riders of all ages to race a long (200km) race between Québec’s two largest cities.
Finally, the domestic road cycling season will end with the biggest North American road cycling races: the UCI World Tour Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal in September. Though the organizers announced a reversal of the cities at the end of the Montréal last September, the current schedule still has Québec first.
These magnificent races will feature all 18 World Tour teams, as well as four special invites from the organizing committee, which last year included Canada’s only professional cycling team, Team SpiderTech powered by C10. Canada’s road race and time trial Champion Svein Tuft will be expected to race the Grands Prix Cyclistes, along with Christian Meier who both joined the newly created GreenEDGE team. Also look for Ryder Hesjedal with Garmin-Cervélo, Michael Barry with Team Sky Pro cycling, as well as Dominique Rollin with Française-des-Jeux, which made the jump this year from Pro-continental to World Tour.
|2012 CCA Road Cycling Calendar|
|May 17||May 17||1.2||W||Chrono Gatineau||Gatineau, QC|
|May 19||May 19||1.2||W||Grand Prix cycliste de Gatineau||Gatineau, QC|
|May 30||Jun 03||2.Ncup||M||Coupe des Nations Ville de Saguenay (UCI Nations Cup U23)||Saguenay, QC|
|Jun 12||Jun 17||2.2||M||Tour de Beauce||St-Georges-de-Beauce, QC|
|Jun 21||Jun 24||CN||M/W||2012 IMMUNITY-FX Canadian Road Championships (Elite, U23)||Lac-Mégantic, QC|
|Jun 28||Jul 01||CN||2012 IMMUNITY-FX Canadian Road Championships (Junior, Masters, Para)||Lac-Mégantic, QC|
|Jul 11||Jul 11||1.1||W||Grand Prix de Rimouski (Women Junior)||Rimouski, QC|
|Jul 12||Jul 15||?||W||Tour de la Relève Internationale de Rimouski (Women Junior)||Rimouski, QC|
|Jul 17||Jul 22||2.1||M||Tour de l’Abitibi (Men Junior)||Val d’Or, QC|
|Aug 12||Aug 12||CCA||M||Classique Montréal-Québec (CCA-sanctioned)||Québec, QC|
|Sep 07||Sep 07||UPT||M||UCI World Tour Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec||Québec, QC|
|Sep 09||Sep 09||UPT||M||UCI World Tour Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal||Montréal, QC|