The organization of the Saguenay Cycling Grand Prix received an excellent score for the presentation of the Canadian Road Cycling Championships, even if it had only six months to organize it. Cycling Canada leaders, riders and team managers all came back satisfied with their stay in the regional capital.
C hef Acting Officer of Cycling Canada, Matthew Jeffries was very complimentary towards the host organization. ” It went very well. It has been a fantastic weekend. The weather has been perfect. The runners are happy. Partners and sponsors too. It’s a big success, “he said at the outset.
Even the courses on the program, although selective, were appreciated. “The courses were difficult, but that’s fine. The runners liked the races because they were good challenges. The organization was well established. With the presentation of the Grand Prix of Saguenay each year, they are professionals to organize bike races. With Gaétan (Larouche), Simon (Ouellet) and their team, we worked very well together. It was a very good championship, “said Cycling Canada spokesperson. Moreover, it will be possible for Saguenay to welcome the nationals again if it wishes, by submitting its application.
Stop in Jonquière
Co-president of the Saguenay Grand Prix with Sébastien Gagnon, Steve Potvin was also very satisfied with the progress of nationals in Saguenay. “It was four intense days and it was different from what we usually do, but we managed to get through it. It was a lot more demanding for the volunteers because it was days from 8 am to 5 pm, instead of noon to 4 pm as is the case in the GP, “he explained while thanking the volunteers which constitute an important pillar of the success achieved.
Two new sites were exploited for these championships, namely the Valinouët road for the time trial (CLM) and the sector of the Little white house for the criterium. The site of Valinouët will probably not be retained for a next edition, although many have appreciated the course and the decor. Steve Potvin would like the CLM to return to the Saguenay GP next year to add some pizzazz to the standings. He would also recommend the return of a stage to Jonquière. “We want to go back to Jonquière because we have a large nucleus of volunteers coming from this borough and it was a bit like starting the U23 Nations Cup at the time. ”
The co-chair would see a CLM held on Saturday morning in Jonquière followed by the Critérium in downtown Chicoutimi in the evening. In the latter case, the organization will have the choice between two sites, since that of the Little White House was very popular with the spectators who came in large numbers. “Today (Sunday), there are a lot of people and that’s really our pay, he said. We want to make cycling known and it is with shows like this that we make it known. People often see runners and they can walk from one place to another to see them ride. ”