The four cyclists who will be representing Canada at the 2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, held January 28-29, 2012 in Koksijde, Belgium were announced by the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) today.
Canada’s team at the 2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships has two riders with previous experience at World Championships. Both Craig Richey of Smithers, BC and Yohan Patry of St-Jérome, Québec, participated at the 2011 UCI World Championships held in St-Wendel, Germany. Richey finished 46th in the men’s elite race, while Patry finished 21st in the men’s junior race.
Richey is looking forward to the challenges the course on the west coast of Belgium will provide: “The Koksijde course can be summed up in one word : sand. Koksijde is like nothing we have in North America with deep sand rut riding, lots of running, and at least six dismounts a lap.”
In the men’s U23 race, Félix Bouvette of Chateauguay, QC will be attending his first World Championships. Bouvette along with Richey and Patry will be competing in the final two World Cup rounds to prepare for the event.
In the men’s junior race, Canada will have two riders expected to take the start: Yohan Patry will be joined by Samuel Beaudoin of Edmonton. Beaudoin, who was 4th at Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships, will be competing in his first World Championships.
“My experience from last year helped me a lot in my preparations for this year, I know exactly what I need to do in order to be ready for these Worlds,” said Yohan Patry. “I’m feeling really strong now, both technically and physically and I don’t think that the level I have now would have been possible to reach without the experience I acquired last year.”
Canadian Delegation – 2012 UCI Cyclocross World Championships
- Craig Ritchey – Elite Men
- Félix Bouvette – U23 Men
- Samuel Beaudoin – Junior Men
- Yohan Patry – Junior Men
- Matthew Night – Team Manager