Ambrose Delaney of Sydney is taking his wheels to Quebec this weekend for a chance at a coveted Canadian National Cycling Championship title.
The 50-year-old team member of Framework Racing – Cape Breton Island’s only bike racing club – will be competing against hundreds of other quick footed and skilled amateur cyclists expected this weekend at the Cold-FX Canadian Road Cycling Championships in the Lac-Megantic area, about 250 km east of Montreal.
The event – featuring multiple races and divisions based on age or gender – opens Thursday, June 28 and ends Sunday, July 1. This is a UCI and Canadian Cycling Association sanctioned event involving licensed provincial teams, elite and semi-pro riders, masters, juniors and para-cyclists. The pro divisions competed last weekend in Quebec.
Delaney, who will travel to the event with two rival competitors from Nova Scotia, will be vying for the Masters 50 to 59 Division title in a road race set for Friday, June 29 which involves a 106.8 km course, including two steep laps of Mont Morne, a 700 metre high climb in the Lac-Megantic region.
“I’ve been training all winter to compete in top level racing with the nationals being one of the top highlights of the year,” Delaney said. “My training has been going well, averaging 500 to 600 kilometres weekly. I began early season training in Tucson, Arizona, training at high elevations above 9000 feet as well as training on the steep Cape Breton Highlands because Lac-Magnetic has significant climbs and you need to know how to climb to be a contender.”
“I’m hoping to have a good result,” he said. “A Top 10 finish would be great, a Top 5 would be unbelievable and winning overall would be off the charts.”
Scott Clark of Bedford will be racing in the same division against Delaney for Hub Cycle of Halifax while Clark’s teammate Lorenzo Caterini, also of the Halifax Regional Municipality, will be competing in younger Masters 40 to 49 Division. Caterini will also race a 106.8 kilometre distance.
All three men are well known top ranking cyclists in Bicycle Nova Scotia’s circuit and are the oldest competitors who regularly race in the elite Category “A” Division against men half their age.
Bill Goldston, president of Framework Racing, says the team is hoping to see Ambrose win.
“Ambrose is at the top of his game and one of the fastest cyclists in Nova Scotia,” Mr. Goldston said. “We’re sure he’s going to represent the team and Cape Breton well.”