The Canadian Cycling Association has announced its team for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, from March 16 to 26. A total of 19 riders have been named to the team. "The process of selecting a team of 19 riders covering the men's and women's categories in three disciplines and 12 medal events was very difficult," said CCA High Performance Director Kris Westwood. "Some tough choices were made and some experienced riders were left off the team, but the limited team size made those decisions necessary. Every rider was evaluated based on his or her ability to either win medals or provide support to a medal candidate, and I'm very happy with the work our national coaches and High Performance Committee accomplished."
The mountain bike team will compete in the Oceania championship in Rotorua, New Zealand, on March 5, and will stay there for a week before travelling to Melbourne. The track team will take part in the final World Cup of the season in Sydney on March 3-5. The road athletes are all following programs set by their trade teams and will travel direct to Melbourne on or about March 13.
The team staff will include National Mountain Bike Coach Michel Leblanc, National Track Coach Eric van den Eynde, National Road Coach Vincent Jourdain, CCA High Performance Manager Sean O'Donnell, CCA High Performance Director Kris Westwood, massage therapist Sophie St-Jacques and mechanic Chad Grochowina (pending confirmation).
Mountain bike XC women
Mountain bike XC men
Women's road race
Women's time trial
Men's road race
Men's time trial
Mandy Poitras (scratch race, points race)
Gina Grain (scratch race, points race)
Travis Smith (team sprint, sprint, keirin)
Cam MacKinnon (team sprint, sprint, kilo)
Yannick Morin (team sprint, sprint, kilo)
Martin Gilbert (scratch race, points race)
Zach Bell (scratch race, points race)