Cycling Canada has announced the release of its 2020 national calendar, which covers events in road, mountain bike, track, paracycling and BMX disciplines. The calendar, which spans all major cycling disciplines, covers events throughout the country. “We are confident that this calendar will provide athletes in all disciplines every opportunity to perform at their best on Canadian soil,” said Josh Peacock, Cycling Canada’s Events Manager. “Our overall calendar continues to expand both in quantity and in quality of competition offered.”
Events will run January through November, with exciting new additions such as the first Canadian UCI Para-cycling Track World Campionship, Canada Cup junior events sanctioned at a minimum level of UCI C2, a BMX Canada Cup in Okotoks, and a UCI Gran Fondo world championships in Vancouver/Whistler.
The Western Track Challenge in Burnaby, B.C. kicks off the track season Jan. 17-18. The bulk of the track races will occur in Milton, beginning with the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Jan. 24-26, closely followed by the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Still in Milton, the U17/Jr/Para Canadian Track Championships will be held Apr. 3-5. The Milton track will conclude its busy year by hosting the Elite and Masters Canadian Championships in the fall of 2020.
The road cycling season begins June 4-5 with the UCI women’s GP Gatineau and the Chrono Gatineau. The packed road schedule includes:
- The Tour de Beauce June 17-21
- Canadian Elite/Jr/Para Road Championships June 26-29
- BC Superweek July 10-19
- Tour de l’Abitibi July 14-19
- Grand Prix Cycliste de la Matapédia August 12-16
- Tour de l’Avenir MaKadence August 13-16
The season will finish with a bang on Sept. 11 and 13 at the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal, a UCI WorldTour stop.
For the first time in Canada, the UCI will be bringing the UCI Gran Fondo World Series to Victoriaville, QC, with the Classique Des Appalaches on July 2-4 , which will encompass the Canadian Masters Road Championships.The UCI will once again bring a first to Canada on Sept. 9-13, with the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Vancouver/Whistler, which will be a part of the RBC Gran Fondo Whistler.
For the first time in six years, Canadian Cyclocross Championships will be held in Langford, B.C. on Nov. 14 at Bear Mountain Resort, followed by a UCI C2 race Nov. 15.
The Canadian Track Championships will take place in Milton, on Apr. 3-5 . The road season will include the Défi sportif AlterGo in Montreal on May 2-3, the Canadian Road Championships on June 26-27, concluding with the UCI Para Road World Cup in Baie-Comeau, QC, on Aug. 6-8.
The Bear Mountain Canada Cup will return to Vancouver Island Mar. 28-29, opening the Mountain bike season. On July 11-12 Hardwood Ski & Bike in Oro Station, ON, will once again host the Canadian XCO Championships. Downhill Championships will occur July 25-26 at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C. Throughout the season Canada Cup cross country and downhill events will be hosted in Quebec, Alberta and will conclude on Aug. 30 in Nova Scotia. For the first time, all junior events within the Canada Cup series will be, at minimum, sanctioned at a level of UCI C2. The mountain bike season will wrap up in Quebec on Aug. 22-23 with the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, in Mont-Sainte-Anne.
The BMX Canada Cup will make its way west this year, starting in Drummondville, QC, on June 27-28 moving on to Okotoks, Alberta on Aug. 15-16 and concluding in Calgary on Aug. 22-23. The Calgary Canada Cup will also be paired with the Canadian BMX Championships.