Canadian Junior Virtual Cycling Series Winners

The Ontario Cycling Association would like to congratulate the winners in the Canadian Junior Virtual Cycling Series as well as all of the Ontario athletes who took part in the series.

Starting on May 24th, the series took riders through eight virtual courses based on real-world roads across Canada via the RGT Cycling app. The series was organized by Saskatchewan Cycling and Cycling Canada, the series is also sponsored by Velo NB, Alberta Bicycle Association, Manitoba Cycling, 4iiii and the Ontario Cycling Association.

 

Canadian Junior Virtual Series Champion Skye Pellerin – Junior Women Winner

Skye Pellerin

What was it like virtually competing against riders from across Canada?

It was great. It was such a fun experience. The fact that we can’t race live with COVID sucks so it was great still being able to race against other amazing riders virtually. Always good having strong competition.

Have you been on any of the roads used in the series in real life? If yes, how did the virtual version compare to the real-world version?

Unfortunately, as I’m new to the sport I have not been on any of the roads.

After racing on these courses from across Canada, do you want to ride these courses in real life?

Yes. I would love to be able to ride these courses. If I had the opportunity to travel the country, I’d totally be down to giving them all a try.

Would you compete in a virtual series like this again?

Absolutely. It was a great experience and I loved being pushed to my limits on all the courses!

 

Canadian Junior Virtual Series Champion Dylan Bibic – Junior Men

Dylan Bibic

Have you been on any of the roads used in the series in real life? If yes, how did the virtual version compare to the real-world version?

Yes, I have rode the course in Niagara, it is definitely a bit different in the virtual world as there is no land marks to see/follow on the route, however the hill is still the same.

After racing on these courses from across Canada, do you want to ride these courses in real life?

Yes, I have a lot of family in Moncton, New Brunswick so would love to visit and have a chance to race as well.

Would you compete in a virtual series like this again?

Yes, however I would always take real racing over virtual any day.

 

Canadian Junior Virtual Series Champion Dylan Baker – U17 Women Winner

Dylan Baker

What was it like virtually competing against riders from across Canada?

It was really cool getting to race against riders from across Canada since it’s something I only get to do couple times a year, even if was just virtually. Seeing new competition also gave me some extra motivation which was helpful with no upcoming races to look forward to.

Have you been on any of the roads used in the series in real life? If yes, how did the virtual version compare to the real-world version?

I haven’t had many opportunities to travel and race outside of Ontario yet, so all of those courses were new to me.

After racing on these courses from across Canada, do you want to ride these courses in real life?

I had so much fun racing those courses virtually, and I would love to get to ride them in real life someday.

Would you compete in a virtual series like this again?

Yes I would definitely complete another virtual series like this again!

 

Canadian Junior Virtual Series Champion – U 17 Men Winner

Carson Mattern

What was it like virtually competing against riders from across Canada?

It was a really exciting experience. With the absence of real-life racing, having an event to look forward to was very motivating. The best part was logging on in the morning and seeing all the names I knew from all over the country and not just a bunch of strangers. For me, that really fired up that special “race day feeling”.

Have you been on any of the roads used in the series in real life? If yes, how did the virtual version compare to the real-world version?

I’ve won the Ron Hayman Classic in BC twice, so I was very familiar with the virtual course. Although the scenic views weren’t there onscreen, my legs certainly remembered all the climbing!

After racing on these courses from across Canada, do you want to ride these courses in real life?

Doing the Virtual Race Series exposed me to a number of great cycling regions here in Canada that I now would love to one-day ride. Not only am I up for the challenge of taking on the difficult courses in real life, it would be very cool to go down the list and check off that I’ve ridden all the routes I’ve already done virtually.

Would you compete in a virtual series like this again?

Most definitely. Because of Canada’s geography, we end up racing against the same clusters of individuals except for the few nation-wide events throughout the year. Having a virtual series like this allows us all to compete against each other regardless of where we live. Not only is that more fun but it makes racing more interesting when you have to go against opponents you aren’t as familiar with. In general, it was really nice to see all the different Provincial cycling bodies, Cycling Canada and especially the OCA rally behind the riders who were competing. The series was an awesome, creative idea and allowed my coach and I to get in some good training and race-like efforts that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

Congratulations to all the other riders from Ontario:
Nathan Martin
Luca Buhlmann
Nate Ash
Michael Leonard
Andrew Ellyatt
Joshua Cooper
Lucas Rauwerda
Charles Bergeron
Greg Morrish
Noah Ramsay
Thomas Wheatcroft
Gregory Cuff