Meet the Board

The Global Relay Bridge the Gap Fund is operated by a Board that consists of some of Canada’s top cyclists. With many years of international experience and a long list of victories under their belts, these athletes truly know what it takes to bridge the gap. Check out the bios below to find out more about each:

Age:

25

Current team(s):

2012: Spidertech p/b C10
2013: Champion System

Hometown:

Spruce Grove, Alberta

Current residence:

North Vancouver, BC

Years cycling:

15

Teams:

2009-2010: Kelly Benefit Strategies
2008: Symmetrics Pro Cycling
2007: Trek Red Truck Racing
Pre-2007: Juventus and Aviawest

*Also a member of the Canadian National Team in 2005 (Mountain Bike World Championships), 2007-2009 (Road World Championships)

Total victories (amateur and pro):

Numerous local races in Alberta and BC

Notable victories/results:

  • Three-time World Championships Team Member
  • Leader of KOM Classification, Tour of California 2010 (2 stages)
  • Two-time U23 National Championships medalist
  • European Results for 2012 (“These were all highlights for me. I am especially proud of my result at De Brabantse Pijl (11th) as this is a hard race, which showed me that I belong racing in Europe.”)
  • Men’s Overall GC Champion, 2009 Tour de Delta
  • Winner, Tour de Delta Ladner Criterium, 2009 and 2012

First bike:

Black Specialized Stumpjumper

Favourite rider(s) growing up:

“I didn’t have a favourite rider; I looked up to numerous World Cup Mountain Bike racers!”

First race entered:

Mountain Bike race in Edmonton, AB

First win:

“An Alberta mountain bike race. My first memorable road win was when I beat out Pinner on the line for the Tour de Delta Ladner Criterium in 2009!”

Favourite race:

“I still haven’t been to all the races that I want to start around the world, but locally, my favourite race has to be the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix along with the rest of BC Superweek.”

Memorable cycling moments:

“When I wore the KOM jersey for 2 stages at the 2010 Amgen Tour of California. I don’t really fancy myself as a climber, so that was pretty cool!”

Current projects:

“Continuing to progress my cycling career in Europe.”

On Global Relay Bridge the Gap:

“I have to say that this project would not be running if it weren’t for Global Relay bringing back the Gastown Grand Prix this past summer and also expressing their interest in supporting cycling in Canada. Based on the similar experiences of the board members trying to make it in the world of cycling, we found a need for a fund like this. I’m involved because I think I have a lot of ideas and guidance that I can help deliver to the group and to the young athletes going forward. It wasn’t all that long ago that I was racing on an amateur team and I am now in a situation where I can give back to aspiring cyclists. I feel fortunate to be in a position to help contribute to, and share my experiences with, young cyclists trying to pursue their goals. I’m very proud of the group of people we’ve put together for this fund as we have a great friendship as well as many years of experience in the cycling world.”

Age:

34

Current team(s):

H&R Block, Head Coach of Team dEVO

Hometown:

Woodbridge, ON

Current residence:

North Vancouver, BC

Years cycling:

20

Teams:

2010-2011: UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
2009: OUCH Pro Cycling
2004-2008: Symmetrics Pro Cycling
2003: Healthnet(stagiare)
2000-2003: Ital Pasta Por Cycling
1999: NewWorld
1998: Jetfuel Pro Cycling
1997: Norco
1996: Cyclepath
1995: Cyclepath-Maxam
1994: Bontrager
1992-1993: Cyclepath-Wheeler

Total victories (amateur and pro):

Over 100

Notable victories/results:

  • Cyclocross National Champion (1993)
  • Criterium National Champion (2000)
  • Tour de Gastown (2008)
  • Whistler GranFondo (2010)
  • Over 20 podium finishes at numerous international races including the Tour de Georgia, Vuelta Mexico, Tour of Missouri, Vuelta El Salvador, Tour de Okinawa, Tour of Wellington, Tour de Beauce, Canadian National Championships and Redlands Cycling Classic.

First bike:

A purple Kuahara Astro mountain bike

Favourite rider(s) growing up:

Steve Bauer, Adri Van de Poel

First race entered:

Pleasure Valley Mountain Bike Race, April 1992

First win:

Don Valley Cyclocross Race 1992

Memorable cycling moments:

Tour de Gastown win in 2008, winning the final stage of the Tour de Beauce in 2007, being a member of Symmetrics for Svein Tuft’s wins at the Tour de Beauce and Vuelta Cuba.

Current projects:

  • Master’s of Health Administration Student (UBC)
  • Head Coach Technical Director Team dEVo
  • Coaching several elite Canadian riders

On Global Relay Bridge the Gap:

“I’m particularly excited to be a part of the Global Relay Bridge the Gap Fund because I see it as an incredible opportunity to give back to a sport that has given me so much. Further, I believe that the input of the current and recently retired professional cyclists on the board means the fund will be particularly effective at helping produce Canada’s future champions.”

Age:

29

Current team(s):

Accent.Jobs-Wanty

Hometown:

Whistler BC

Current residence:

Abbotsford, Whistler (BC), several European locations.
No Fixed Address!

Years cycling:

15

Teams:

2011-1012: SpiderTech pb C10
2009-2010: Jelly Belly
2005-2008: Symmetrics Cycling
2004 and prior: Rocky Mountain Bikes mountain bike team

Total victories (amateur and pro):

Numerous

Notable victories/results:

  • 2010 Canadian National Champion
  • Winner of several BC Superweek races: Tour de White Rock Hill Climb (3 times), Tour de White Rock Road Race
  • Winner of all amateur races in the Pacific Northwest: Enumclaw, Wenatchee, Winner Stage 1 Redlands Bicycle Classic, 3rd overall GC Redlands Bicycle Classic
  • In Europe: Tro-Bro Leon (2nd place), Ruta del Sol (3rd, stage 1), Tour of Turkey (9th overall CG), Coppi Bartali (5th, stage 1), GP Denain (Winner, Sprint competition)

First bike:

“It was lime green. It had “12 speeds” and weighed as much as I did, literally. It was a sweet mountain bike, and the brand name was non-existent. We’d moved from Ontario to Whistler when I was 10 years old and brought this bike out. My dad and I learned how to ride together, and both of our bikes didn’t last more than a month!”

Favourite rider(s) growing up:

“Never had idols, just a lot of fast guys out there and I wanted to be fast too!”

First race entered:

“Whistler’s weekly Thursday night “Loonie Race”. I got a flat tire and ran to the finish. It was a race, so I figured I’d better hurry!”

First win:

“Again, most likely a Loonie Race. Every Thursday night for years; great way to learn how to race a bike!”

Favourite race:

“I like a lot of races for a lot of reasons. Tro-Bro Leon is one of my tops though. My first podium in Europe, it’s 1/3 dirt “roads” (more like dirt paths), a real hard man’s race in Bretagne. I like Bretagne a lot and I like the epic hard man races a lot.”

Memorable cycling moments:

“So many great memories it’s hard to list. My fond memories involve cool trips to third world countries, sitting on a curb eating random local food and just soaking up the atmosphere and adventure of it all. In terms of racing, it’s a tossup between my first “big” mountain bike win and my national championship in 2010. I won the BC Cup XC race at Crystal Mountain in the Cadet 15-16 year old category. It was when I realized I was not a half bad bike rider. For my national championship, I was solo and there were a few teams in the race. I’m really proud of that win, but it was all the better because so many people close to me were on hand to share it with me.”

Current projects:

“I’ll be racing full time for a few more seasons, with a focus on Europe. I’ve also started writing my cook book; really excited to finally sit down with an idea and get to work on it.”

On Global Relay Bridge the Gap:

“The subject of support for our Canadian athletes in the sport of cycling comes up all the time. The bottom line is that the sport is extremely difficult, and assistance is not always easy to come by. I won’t go into specific examples of all the hardships, but most of us involved with this project have struggled to afford to race our bikes at some point. We are also keenly aware of shortfalls in the current support structure. When we saw the opportunity to improve the situation, we all felt really excited that we could finally turn the talk into something more.

This year, Global Relay brought back the Gastown Grand Prix and expressed a clear intent to be involved in their community. Together, we were able to put something together that I think we will all be very proud of. This is a very exciting opportunity for me as it gives me the chance to mentor some younger athletes in the sport, to give back, and to share some of the experience I’ve gained and truly make an impact on cycling in Canada. I am sure it will be a great experience, and I can’t wait to see how the project develops over the next few years.”

Age:

35

Current team(s):

ORICA-GreenEDGE

Hometown:

Langley, BC

Current residence:

Langley BC / Europe

Years cycling:

11

Teams:

2012-current: ORICA-GreenEDGE
2011: Spidertech
2009-2010: Garmin Slipstream
2004-2008: Symmetrics
2002-2003: Prime Alliance
2001: Broadmark-Mercury Viatel

Total victories (amateur and pro):

Over 100

Notable victories/results:

  • Winner, Duo Normand, 2012 (With Luke Durbridge)
  • Canadian National Road Champion, 2011
  • 7th, 2008 Beijing Summer Games Olympic Time Trial
  • Winner, Tour de Beauce, Overall GC, 2008
  • Winner, US Open Championships, 2008
  • Canadian Madison and Pursuit Track Champion, 2008
  • UCI America Tour Champion, 2007
  • Winner, Vuelta a Cuba, Overall GC, 2007
  • 2nd, World Road Championships, Time Trial (Varese, Italy)
  • 8-time National Time Trial Champion

First bike:

“A ‘chromed-out’ BMX from Sears. I could barely touch the pedals!”

Favourite rider(s) growing up:

“I didn’t know about cycling as a younger guy and really didn’t know who anyone was in the sport until the age of 26. I’m still trying to figure out who is who in Europe!”

First race entered:

“I believe it was the Coaltown Classic in Nanaimo. Flatted about 10KM in and was pretty cheesed off!”

First win:

“A race in Washington; I can’t remember the name. I rode for 80KM by myself. I don’t think I’ve ever slept as hard in my life than after that race.”

Favourite race:

Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix

Memorable cycling moments:

“Winning the US open in epic snowy conditions. Also, being a part of the great team Symmetrics – it was truly like having a 2nd family.”

Current projects:

“Still working hard in Europe. I’m happy with a great Australian team!”

On Global Relay Bridge the Gap:

“The Global Relay Bridge the Gap Fund is something I feel is greatly needed in Canada. I’ve always known we have so many talented young riders who just need that little bit of extra help to make the jump to the next level. It’s very motivating to me to be a part of something like this and to know we have a really good crew of board members. I know that the funds and support will go directly to the athletes who need it.”

Age:

31

Current team(s):

N/A

Hometown:

Victoria, BC

Current residence:

Victoria, BC

Years cycling:

17

Teams:

2011: TIBCO/To The Top
2008-2010: Webcor Builders Pro Cycling Team
2007: Expresscopy Pro Cycling Team
2005-2006: Webcor Builders Pro Cycling Team
2003-2004: Rona Pro Cycling Team

Total victories (amateur and pro):

Numerous

Notable victories/results:

  • Winner, The Condo Group Bastion Square Grand Prix, 2011
  • 7th, Road World Championships, 2009
  • Winner, Tour de Gastown, 2007
  • Winner , Joe Martin Stage Race, 2006
  • Winner, San Dimas Stage Race, 2005
  • Numerous top ten results at World Cups
  • 2008 Canadian Olympic Team Member
  • 2006 & 2010 Canadian Commonwealth Games Team Member

First bike:

A green Kunow road bike

Favourite rider(s) growing up:

Alison Sydor

First race entered:

Tricycle race, 1983

First win:

School Bike League Mountain Bike Race, 1994

Favourite race:

Tour de L’Aude (10-day stage race in France)

Memorable cycling moments:

  • 2008 Bejing Olympics
  • Tour de Gastown in 2007
  • Winning my first NRC Stage at San Dimas

Current projects:

“Coaching at B78 as well as being a full-time new Mom”

On Global Relay Bridge the Gap:

“I was extremely honored and excited to help with this project. I immediately thought it was going to be a success in helping young Canadian cyclists achieve their dreams. There is a great team of professionals with a ton of experience on the Board and I am looking forward to working with them. I know there is usually a very hard couple years financially for young cyclists as they strive to get Pro contracts and onto the Athlete Assistant Program, There is a clear need for a Fund like this and I know it will be a huge help to many.”