18 May Chrono de Gatineau – ITT Preview (WE 1.1)
Once again Gatineau, Quebec becomes the epicentre of Canadian women’s cycling hosting the two GP Gatineau one-day events (Chrono de Gatineau ITT and Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau Road Race). These two races are two out of the only three UCI ranked races that are held in Canada (the remaining one, White Spot Delta Road Race, is held in July).
This year the 8th edition of Chrono de Gatineau – ITT will be held under UCI 1.1 status on Friday, on the eve of GP Cycliste Gatineau Road Race. American rider Carmen Small (Team VéloCONCEPT) and Canadian ex-rider Clara Hughes are the current record holders of the race, having won it twice. World champion Amber Neben (Team VéloCONCEPT) will try to claim her second victory as the defending champion.
Friday, 19 May 2017, local time from 18:30 to 20:00 pm approx (UTC-4)
Route 21km: Gatineau – Gatineau
Similar race course as in the previous edition of the race, but slightly lengthened to group starting and finish lines in the same road juncture. Starting in Gatineau riders will head towards Pink Lake facing a 6-kilometre low-incline climb (at an average 2% gradient) before heading back Gatineau.
Favourites & Outsiders
Amber Neben, Karol-Ann Canuel, Tayler Wiles, Leah Thomas
Brianna Walle, Joëlle Numainville, Jasmin Duehring, Lauren Stephens, Annie Foreman-Mackey
Kathryn Buss, Marjolaine Bazin, Claire Rose, Rebecca Wiasak, Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin, Ingrid Drexel, Michaela Drummond
Our favourite: Tayler Wiles
Our outsider: Rebecca Wiasak
There will be no Spanish riders at the 8th edition of Chrono de Gatineau – ITT.
Current World champion Amber Neben (BePink) won the previous edition of Chrono de Gatineau – ITT. The American rider set the fastest time in the finish line in Gatineau beating by 11 and 12 seconds Canadian riders Tara Whitten (The Cyclery Opus) and Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans), who completed the podium in second and third place respectively. It was important victory for the US rider in her Olympic selection hopes, with the decision due in three weeks. She finally was not selected though.
How to follow the race
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: