Victoria’s Annie Ewart has signed for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team for the 2016 season. The former two-time junior Canadian National champion, from Brentwood Bay, joins the team from Optum Pro Cycling, where she had a breakaway victory on stage two of the Tour of the Gila and a win at the Dominguez Hills Criterium in 2015.
Ewart, now 22-years-old, developed her skill and fitness as a young development cyclist in her junior years under Head Coach Houshang Amiri at Pacific Cycling Centre, juggling her school work with her passion for cycling.
She achieved podium success as a junior winning the time trial and the road race in the 2011 Canadian National Championships. That year she also placed seventh in the Time Trial at the World Championships in Copenhagen. She is also a five-time BC Provincial Champion. In 2011 she made the Cycling Canada Track time standards and also the world track team. Choosing to pursue a career as a professional road cyclist, in 2012 she turned pro joining Optum Pro Cycling.
“The main key factor in Annie’s success is her work ethic, commitment to excellence, self-management, being positive about the future and a belief in herself,” said Amiri. “Annie has achieved a lot at a young age and she has a bright future in front of her.”
Ewart is very is excited about the future with her new team. “I could not be happier to join the UnitedHealthcare Pro cycling Team for the 2016 season. I hope to contribute and build on the incredible success this team has had the last few seasons.”