Ottawa. – In its continuing effort to develop programs, policies and services that support Canadian teams, Cycling Canada is pleased to release the list of ten Cycling Canada UCI Continental and Women’s Teams that have affiliated with our organization for the coming year. These squads will be comprised of over 75 Canadian athletes who will be competing across road, downhill and cross-country mountain biking.
The five UCI men’s and women’s road teams registered for 2022 are Emotional.FR Tornatech GSC Blagnac, InstaFund Racing, Toronto Hustle, Xspeed United Continental and the newly-formed Premier Tech U23 Cycling Project team.
The team rosters include several road and track stars, including track Olympian Michael Foley, Junior world champion Dylan Bibic and numerous current & former Canadian champions such as Charles-Étienne Chrétien, Edward Walsh, Matteo Dal-Cin, Carson Miles and Adèle Desgagnés.
On the mountain bike side, Cycling Canada will count Canyon MTB Racing (XCO), Forbidden Synthesis Team (DH), Foresco Holding Proco RL Pro Team (XCO), Norco Factory Team (XCO & DH) and Pivot Cycles – OTE (XCO) as 2022 UCI mountain bike teams.
Among the major athlete shifts, Canadian champion Jenn Jackson has joined Emily Batty and Laurie Arsenault on the Canyon MTB Racing Team, Olympian Léandre Bouchard has made his way to the Foresco Holding Proco RL Pro Team and U23 national champion Emilly Johnston is moving to the Norco Factory Team, as is Junior DH World Championships bronze medallist, Gracey Hemstreet.
“We’re very excited to see such a solid list of affiliated Canadian teams for the 2022 season,” said Jen Milligan, Community & Grassroots Manager at Cycling Canada. “It’s an encouraging sign for the development of cycling across Canada and we’re looking forward to seeing these athletes continue to grow and improve with the support of their teams in the years to come.”
Trade Teams affiliated with Cycling Canada receive several benefits, including free technical space at Canadian Championship and Canada Cup events, priority invitations to events on the international and national calendar, access to special rates and more.