Publié par : mardiscyclistes | 13 août 2014

Bobby Bailey profile

by John Symon

Over the past few years, the Mardis has seen visiting cyclists from Australia, Austria, Colombia, France, Holland, the Caribbean, and New Zealand, but very few Americans (apart from Floyd Landis who finished first at the 2006 TdF before being disqualified). But now there is a gang from Vermont which regularly races at the Mardis series. The most prominent of this gang is Bobby Bailey who ended the 2014 season wearing the black jersey (the most combative cyclist) sponsored by Samson Groupe Conseil. We reached Bobby at his home in Burlington, Vermont

 MCL: Congratulations on becoming the man in black. But how did you find out about the Mardis series?

Bobby Bailey: My team mate (and fellow Vermonter) Adam Carr raced for (Quebec team) Ekoi Devinci two years ago; he thought then that the Mardis Cyclistes were a big deal. Adam is one of my best friends at Dealer.com (Bobby’s current team). Last year Adam was doing the Mardis a lot, he also has a girlfriend from Quebec City. So, through Adam, I started going. I had heard of the Mardis Cyclistes before, but used to think that they were a practice ride until I started going this year…

MCL: Why are you shooting for black?

BB: I just happened into black (jersey for the most aggressive rider sponsored by) by bursting every lap; I was too tired for the finish.

MCL: You’re now a regular in Lachine!

BB: Yes, I am addicted to the Mardis. I enjoy the calibre, speed, and production of the race; far better than anything you see here. I am very impressed that the whole (borough) of Lachine gets behind the Mardis with volunteers, and with municipal sponsorship.

MCL: I don’t think you have an FQSC (Quebec federation) racing licence; what kind of racing licence do you have and please explain how you register for the stage races

BB: Yes, I have a UCI international licence. Each year I buy an FQSC number and then simply register each week for the Mardis.

 MCL: What kind of work do you do?

 BB: I am a certified USA Cycling Coach with a degree in biology; I own 1K2GO, an endurance sport company specializing in coaching athletes, team management based in Burlington. Road cycling is a very competitive coaching business. IK2GO is also the name of Vermont’s first professional cycling team supported by Dealer.com and EverBank. So we are centre for competitive cycling in Vermont. We have Tuesday evening practice rides, Thursday night time trials. Our team travels throughout New England and nearby parts of Canada. We have an 8-man elite roster; some go to Mardis Lachine, others stay in Burlington on Tuesday evenings

MCL: What are your other racing accolades?

BB: I won sprint leader’s jersey at the Longsjo Classic (near Pittsburgh); I also wore the Coupe des Amériques leader’s jersey in Sutton, Quebec. I have been racing since 2001 with a break. Strangely, I have been racing more this year since my daughter born.

I also really appreciate the bicycle culture in Quebec; there’s not much coverage of cycling in the local media in Vermont. But after a Tuesday night race, as soon as we cross the border (heading back to Burlington), Facebook, the Mardis blog, Pedalmag.com all have the Mardis results posted. I am very impressed. You don’t see that much here at all.

MCL: How can readers find out more about IK2GO?

BB: They can find out more at www.1k2go.com

or on 1K2GO’s Facebook page.

MCL: Thanks, Bobby!

 

L’appel des coureurs le 12 aout 2014 avant la course des hommes pro-élites:

 

  • Simon Lambert-Lemay : maillot jaune (commandité par Jean Coutu) pour 1er au CG
  • Pierrick Naud : maillot rouge (commandité par Specialized Quilicot) pour le 2e au CG
  • Stephen Keeping : maillot vert (c/p caisse populaire Provost de Lachine) pour le 3e au CG
  • Bobby Bailey : maillot noire (c/p Samson Groupe Conseil) pour le cycliste le plus combattif
  • Laurent Gervais : maillot blanc du meilleur espoir (c/p LaSalle Fiat)
  • Hugues Lapointe : maillot orange du meilleur maitre (c/p Bijouterie Jean Guy Aubry)
  • L’équipe 1k2go Dealer.com
  • François Parisien
  • Catherine Dessureault
  • Joëlle Numainville

 

 

Call-ups on August 12, 2014 prior to the men’s pro-elite race

 

  • Simon Lambert-Lemay : yellow jersey (sponsored by Jean Coutu) 1st on the GC
  • Pierrick Naud : red jersey(sponsored by Specialized Quilicot) 2nd on the GC
  • Stephen Keeping : green jersey (s/b caisse populaire Provost de Lachine) 3rd on the GC
  • Bobby Bailey : black jersey (s/b Samson Groupe Conseil) the most combative cyclist
  • Laurent Gervais : white jersey best young rider (s/b LaSalle Fiat)
  • Hugues Lapointe : orange jersey (s/b Bijouterie Jean Guy Aubry jewelry) best master
  • 1k2go Dealer.com team
  • François Parisien
  • Catherine Dessureault
  • Joëlle Numainville

 

 

Publié par : mardiscyclistes | 12 août 2014

Naud remporte la dernière étape et Lambert-Lemay gagne le championnat

(Lachine, QC) le 12 août, 2014 – Pierrick Naud (Garneau Quebecor) a remporté la dernière étape de la saison 2014 des Mardis Cyclistes présenté par Jean Coutu, avec un chrono de 1:01:44 sur les 50 km, soit une vitesse moyenne de 48.5 km/h. Il a devancé son co-équipier, Simon Lambert-Lemay de justesse au fil d’arrivée. Mathieu Roy (Véloselect), a suivi en troisième position.

« Ce soir, j’ai gagné par un pneu mais j’ai aidé Simon à devenir champion, » a dit Naud. « C’est le fun de rouler à Lachine et devant la grosse foule. Le seul coureur que me faisait peur cette saison était Keeping avant sa chute (pendant l’étape 8). Je suis content de gagner le maillot rouge pour une deuxième année de suite. Je pars bientôt pour faire le Tour de l’Alberta et par la suite, j’espère avoir de bonnes chances d’être sélectionné pour l’équipe nationale pour les deux courses WorldTour (Québec et Montréal) en septembre. »

podium champions 2014 champagne

Podium des champions © Marie Ledoux

 « Non, il n’y a pas de rivalité entre moi et Pierrick » affirmait Lambert-Lemay. « On s’entraine ensemble et il va devenir bon. Pierrick m’aide ici et je l’aide ailleurs. Mais le 2 septembre, je retourne à l’école et je vais oublier mon vélo. Je suis content de ne pas avoir eu de casse cette saison. »

 Au total, 126 cyclistes ont pris place sur la ligne de départ, y compris, pour la première fois en 37 ans, deux femmes, Catherine Dessureault (SAS Mazda) et Joëlle Numainville (Optum). Les deux femmes ont fini la course; au cours des années, seulement quatre femmes ont complété cette épreuve: Lyne Bessette, Dessureault, Audrey Lemieux, et Numainville.

 En ce qui concerne le classement général (CG), Lambert-Lemay a fini avec 996 points cumulatifs pour devenir le champion de 2014. Il est suivi de Naud (Garneau Quebecor) avec 925 points et Stephen Keeping (Transports Lacombe) avec 705 points.

 Rebecca Beaumont gagne chez les femmes

 Chez les femmes, Rebecca Beaumont (indépendant) a remporté la course de 24 km devant Marie Soleil Blais (Realdealgears), suivie de d’Audrey Bernard (Stevens The Cyclery) en troisième position. Pourtant, c’est Blais qui gagne championnat avec 415 points, suivie de Bernard, avec 359 points tandis que Beaumont a terminé avec 302 points.

 Du côté des cadets, Thierry Kirouac Marcassa (NCCH) a remporté la course avec un temps de 32:31 sur les 24 km, suivi de deux de ses co-équipiers Jordann Jones en deuxième position et Jake Allaire en troisième. Kirouac Marcassa a remporté le championnat avec 501 points, suivi de Griffin Schwartz (indépendant) avec 300 points et François Barriault (CCB-Ultime) avec 255 points.

 Quant aux minimes, Dawson MacDonald (NCCH) est reparti avec la victoire chez les garçons avec un chrono de 24:18 sur les 16 km. Antoine Dalterio (Espoirs Laval) est devenu champion de la série 2014 avec 501 points. Chez les filles, Sandrine Heroux (CCB Ultime), a remporté la première place tout en écartant de la première place au sein du CG sa co-équipière, Emma Delisle. Heroux est ainsi devenue championne avec 504 points devant Delisle avec 493.

 Il faisait beau et chaud mardi soir à Lachine, la pluie a commencé à tomber seulement lorsque les courses étaient terminées.

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Publié par : mardiscyclistes | 12 août 2014

Naud wins the last stage, Lambert-Lemay wins the championship

(Lachine, QC) August 12, 2014 – Pierrick Naud (Quebecor Garneau) won the final stage of the 2014 season of Mardis Cyclistes presented by Jean Coutu, with a time of 1:01:44 over the 50 km, giving an average speed of 48.5 km/h. He clipped his teammate, Simon Lambert-Lemay, at the finish. Mathieu Roy (Véloselect) followed in third position.

"I won tonight by just a wheel but I helped Simon to become champion here," said Naud. "It’s fun to ride in Lachine before the big crowd. The only rider who scared me this season was Keeping before his crash (on stage 8). I am happy to win the red jersey for a second year in a row. I’m leaving soon for the Tour of Alberta and then I hope to have a good chance of being selected for the national team for the two WorldTour races (Quebec and Montreal) in September. "

podium des champions 2014 © Marie Ledoux
Photo:  Podium of champions © Marie Ledoux

"No, there is no rivalry between me and Pierrick" said Lambert-Lemay. “We train together. Pierrick helps me here and I help him elsewhere. But on September 2, I’m going back to school and I’ll forget my bike."

There were 126 riders at the pro-elite start line, including two women, Catherine Dessureault (SAS Mazda) and Joelle Numainville (Optum), for the first time in 37 years. Both women finished; over the years, only four women have completed the senior men’s race: Lyne Bessette, Dessureault, Audrey Lemieux and Numainville.

As regards the general classification (GC), Lambert-Lemay finished with 996 cumulative points to become the 2014champion, followed by Naud with 925 points and Stephen Keeping (Transports Lacombe) with 705 points.

Rebecca Beaumont wins among the women

In the women’s race run earlier in the evening, Rebecca Beaumont (Independent) won the 24 km event ahead of Marie Soleil Blais (Realdealgears), followed by Audrey Bernard (Stevens The Cyclery) in third. However, Blais won the championship with 415 points, followed by Audrey Bernard (The Cyclery Stevens), with 359 points while Beaumont finished with 302 points.

Among the juniors, Thierry Kirouac Marcassa (NCCH) won the race with a time of 32:31 over the 24 km, followed by two of his teammates Jordann Jones in second and Jake Allaire third. Marcassa Kirouac won the championship with 501 points, followed by Griffin Schwartz (independent) with 300 points and François Barriault (CCB Ultime) with 255 points.

As for minimes, Dawson MacDonald (NCCH) took the victory among the boys with a time of 24:18 over the 16 km. But Antoine Dalterio (Espoirs Laval) is the new champion of the 2014 series with 501 points. Among the girls, Sandrine Heroux (CCB Ultime) won the stage, simultaneously bumping her teammate Emma Delisle out of first place in the GC. Heroux thus became champion with 504 points versus 493 for Delisle.

It was sunny and warm Tuesday evening in Lachine, the rain started only after the races were finished.

 

 

Brief Results (pro-elite men)

 

  1. Pierrick Naud (Garneau Quebecor)
  2. Simon Lambert-Lemay (Garneau Quebecor)
  3. Mathieu Roy (Véloselect)

Final GC after 10 stages :

  1. Simon Lambert-Lemay (Garneau-Quebecor): 996
  2. Pierrick Naud (Garneau Quebecor): 925
  3. StephenKeeping(TransportsLacombe): 705

Full results:

  1. fqsc.net/
Publié par : mardiscyclistes | 12 août 2014

Mardis Cyclistes: François Parisien will be there on Tuesday

(Lachine, QC) August 11, 2014 – François Parisien, a former WorldTour cyclist with the Dutch team Argos Shimano, will be on the start line tomorrow of the pro-elite race of the Mardis Cyclistes presented by Jean Coutu. Parisien tells us that he will be there with the intention of winning the stage. He currently rides with the OPUS team but wearing the jersey of PowerWatts studio.

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François "Frabk the Tank" Parisien (right) with former coach, Jean-Yves Labonté on Aug. 5. Photo: John Symon

"I think Francois is able to rival our champion, Simon Lambert-Lemay (Garneau-Quebecor) and win the stage," said organizer Mardis Cyclistes, Joseph "Tino" Rossi noting that Parisien was formerly a member of the Professional continental team SpiderTech p /b C10 and was the Canadian road champion in 2005. In addition, Parisien was the first Quebecer to win a WorldTour race at the fifth stage in a sprint at the 93rd Tour of Catalonia on March 22, 2013 Since March 2014, Paris, aged 32, has been a sports commentator for RDS television.

Rossi also notes that the weather tomorrow will be conducive for setting a new speed record. Rossi expects some 25,000 spectators on Tuesday night. For the spectators, there will be free food, prizes, raffles, and fireworks. "We’re going to party hard!" he promised.

The circuit Mardis Cyclistes is located around Lasalle Park in the Montreal borough of Lachine (STM bus 90). The minime race (male and female) will begin at 17:30, followed by junior category competition (M + F) at 6 p.m., ending with the Pro-Elite race (men) at 6:50 p.m. The race is free for spectators.

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