Cycling Canada announced their 2017 national calendar today, and for the second year in a row the mountain bike season will begin in Victoria with the Bear Mountain Canada Cup XCO event on March 4, 2017. The Canadian Mountain Bike team train at Bear Mountain.
Canada Cup action for both the XCO and DHI disciplines continue through the season across Canada, including Quebec, Ontario and BC. In July, national championships will take place in BC, Quebec and Alberta. For the 26th year, Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, will play host to the World Cup for both XCO and DHI.
Road, Track, Cyclo-cross, BMX and Para-cycling calendars were also announced. National Track competition will begin in February with the Eastern and Western Track Challenges, culminating with the U17/Junior/Para National Championships at the end of March. [Note: Dates for the National Track Championships (Elite/Masters), and the potential UCI World Cup have not been announced, pending date selection by the UCI.]
The national Road season begins in May with the internationally sanctioned Chrono de Gatineau and GP Cycliste Gatineau. In June, the back-to-back GP Cycliste de Saguenay and Tour de Beauce take place, as well as the Grey County Road Race. At the end of the month, Road Nationals return to Gatineau for Elite/Junior/Para, while Masters will contest their titles in Vancouver. July brings the BC Superweek and Tour de l'Abitibi, while the end of August and early September will see some of the top riders in the world attend the Tour of Alberta and GP Cyclistes de Quebec and Montreal.
The first six rounds of the Canada Cup for BMX will take place in BC in May, Ontario in July, and Alberta in August, followed by the national championships and the final round of the Canada Cup in late August.
In addition to national Road and Track championships, Para athletes compete in Montreal at the end of April, at the Defi sportif AlterGo.
The national season will conclude in October with the UCI sanctioned Silver Goose Cyclo-cross in Midland, Ontario, and the national championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
In addition to regular competitions on the calendar, 2017 will see young athletes from across Canada travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Canada Summer Games in late July and early August. Canadian stars such as Raphael Gagne, Annie Foreman-Mackey, Brian Walton, Leah Kirchmann, Hugo Houle and Guillaume Boivin all competed at the Summer Games before going on to international prominence.
For the full calendar go to www.cyclingcanada.ca