2019 Group 1 Ontario Criterium Series Winners

2019 Group 1 Ontario Criterium Series Winners

The talent across Ontario to shine bright with another group of standout individuals, who have captured the title of 2019 Ontario Criterium Series Winners. To capture the title, participants earned Ontario Criterium points by attending four events that made up the Ontario Criterium series this year; Quinte-West Criterium, Preston Street, Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix, and Tour di via Italia.

The Ontario Cycling Association is pleased to announce group 1 of this year’s Ontario Criterium Series Winners in the feature below.  Congratulations to everyone in this group, stay tuned later this week for the next group of winners!

Elite 1/2 Women – Chloe DesRoche

Photo taken by: Sandy Rauwerda

How long have you been road racing?   

I just started cycling this year, racing both road and crit races.

How did you get into the sport?              

I used to compete in rowing, and started cycling as a way to train while recovering from a back injury.

Favourite crit this year?

Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix was my favourite race in the Ontario Criterium Series. The organizers did an incredible job. Specifically, the pro 1/2 women’s race was right before the men’s which made for a great atmosphere with lots of fans, and I was able to stay after to support my teammates racing in the men’s event.

Fondest accomplishment?

As I am just getting started in this sport, I wouldn’t say I have a fondest accomplishment yet, but am just looking forward to continued improvement and seeing what I can do. I was pretty proud that I was able to upgrade from E3-E1 in a single season.

Elite 3 Women – Hanna Girndt

How long have you been road racing?

I only began crit racing this season. I did my first race in March with the Queen’s University Cycling team as part of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference. I loved it so much I started racing the OCA circuit.

How did you get into the sport?
In the beginning, my dad got me hooked on mountain biking, but when I went away to school, I joined the Queen’s University Cycling team and began to actually get into cycling.

Favourite crit this year?

My favourite race this season was the Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix. That was a cool event.

Fondest accomplishment?

My proudest moment in the sport is actually winning this Elite 3 Crit Series title. Competing takes a lot of effort and I’m happy it has paid off.

Elite 3 Men – Laurent Risser

How long have you been road racing?

I have been racing crit for 2 years now, and I have been cycling for more than 10 years. I started with mountain biking when I was 16 years old in my home country France.

How did you get into the sport?

As I mentioned before, I started cycling when I was a teenager, I wanted to start a new sport and have fun and since we have some great mountains I picked mountain bike. Due to my studies, I switched to road cycling since it was more convenient.

Favourite crit this year?

My favorite crit in Ontario is Preston Crit. This event is great! The course is challenging and the organizers showed that it is possible to organize this kind of event in a busy city, I hope Toronto will learn from it and that we could race in the GTA soon.

Fondest accomplishment?

My proudest moment in cycling was when I finished in 2013 the famous mountain bike race Grand Raid from Verbier to Griments in Switzerland (125km – 5025 elevation gain). It was a long day on the saddle and the landscapes are amazing. Regarding crits, my favorite moment was when I won the Cobourg Crit last year as my first race in the E3 category, this is where the picture was taken.

Elite 4 Men – Jeremy Worden

How long have you been road racing?

I had raced in a few fixed gear criteriums in previous years, and participated in my local Crit Series last season. This was my first year racing in the O-Cup Crit Series.

How did you get into the sport?

I took on a job as a bike messenger in Toronto when I was in high school and quickly became obsessed with pushing my limits on the bike and chasing higher speeds. Naturally, this lead me to racing. First in unsanctioned local fixed gear events, then to my local Crit Series (hosted by Midweek CC) and eventually this year to the Ontario Cup Series.

Favourite crit this year?

Preston Street Criterium was my favourite race of the series. Myself and a few of my teammates from Bateman’s Bike Co. P/B Cloud 9 AV made the trip from Toronto to Ottawa to compete at Preston Street. The course was fast and fun, made more challenging by the punchy climb each lap. The crowds and atmosphere were awesome and it was great to be racing in the Nation’s Capital. The cheering and encouragement from spectators, teammates, and friends helped me to stay motivated and keep pushing as I went on to take the win at Preston Street.

Fondest accomplishment?

Crossing the finish line at the Preston Street Criterium was my proudest moment in cycling so far. It marked my first ever victory at a race outside of my local Crit Series. I had attacked early in the race and committed myself to what seemed like a nearly impossible effort; holding off the entire field as I rode solo at full gas for the remaining 45 minutes. I had worked hard training all season with the aim of winning an Ontario Cup Road Race and didn’t want to let my chance go to waste. I dug deeper than I ever had in order to hold my lead, and eventually lap the peloton on my own, it’s a race that I’ll never forget!

Master B Women – Carol Deavy

How long have you been road racing?

I have been racing for 10 years.

How did you get into the sport?

My current partner asked if I would like to do a TT and even not knowing what it really was, I figured, why not.  It was one of the third last local Ottawa Bicycle Club races of the season.  I raced on my commuter steel framed bike in Merckx style which was so hard but worth the effort once completed.  The following year, we traveled to North Carolina and while cycling with new people, they recognized I was fairly strong and introduced me to a female racer who invited me to join her Master team.  In 2010 & 2011 I raced just about every weekend loving both road and crits.

Favourite crit this year?

I have to say my favourite race of the season is the Preston Criterium as it is my local Ottawa race.  It has been running for 47 years and I believe I have competed in the last 10 except one where I was out of town.   The event happens during Italia Festival and when the weather is good, there are a huge number of spectators enjoying the race and supporting all the riders.  I can hear my name called a few times!

Fondest accomplishment?

My proudest moment was winning the Provincial Criterium last year at the Tour di via Italia in Windsor and being presented with the Provincial jersey