Junior Racing Team


The OBC has been committed to supporting aspiring junior aged riders (17-18 years of age as of Dec. 31st) in the Ottawa/Gatineau region for over 30 years. We have developed many successful athletes who have gone on to represent Canada at the highest levels of the sport including World Championships, Olympic Games and the Tour de France. Our alumni include Gord Fraser, Ariane Bonhomme and Derek Gee, who recently won four won four gold medals at Track Nationals (http://www.cyclingcanada.ca/sport/track/news/derek-gee-wins-4-gold-medals-at-track-nationals/)


Our mission is to provide the highest quality racing program for junior cycling athletes. We will coach, inspire and develop each athlete's abilities in preparation to race provincially, nationally and internationally as senior racers.  Through team-based training and racing, our program develops more than athletic ability, but also attributes such as integrity, honesty, passion and grit.  We wish our athletes to become future ambassadors of the sport and ready for great things in life, both on and off the bike.


Key components to achieving our mission include providing:

  • A holistic program that follows Long Term Athlete Development principles;
  • Support for athletes to achieve and celebrate their full personal potential;
  • Opportunities to contribute to and benefit from an extended cycling community; and
  • The experience of being part of a cycling team in pursuit of team goals.



Program Details

Our focus is on developing new and existing male and female junior cyclists who wish to train, prepare and race in road, track and cyclocross competitions.  Races include local, regional and provincial events, as well as provincial and national championships.  Entry to the team includes those from the region's established youth develpment programs as well as athletes who are interested in racing but are coming from another sport.  Either way, athletes will be provided a personalized training plan tailored to one's strengths and weaknesses. Through training on one's own and at coached team sessions, athletes will learn to follow their training plan, compete as part of a team, and manage their time so that there is a healthy balance between cycling and life outside of cycling. The program's coaches will focus on teaching the skills required for road racing, as well as the tactics necessary to race successfully as part of a team.


Interested athletes are invited to contact the team's Head Coach to discuss the program in more detail.  Athletes who choose to commit to joining the team will be required to register as member of the OBC, purchase an OCA license, arrange payment of the program fee, and purchase equipment for training and competition as needed.

Interested athletes are invited to contact the Junior Racing Team Head Coach to discuss the program in more detail. Athletes who proceed to join the team will be required to register as member of the OBC, purchase an OCA membership, race license, arrange payment of the program fee, and purchase equipment for training and competition as needed.

Junior Racing Team Contact

Shawn Clarke, Head Coach: E-mail



2019 Junior Racing Team

Dominique Gervais
Age: 17
Neighbourhood: Navan
Years racing: Second year of racing
Years on OBC member: Third year
Other hobbies: When I'm off the bike I really enjoy going for hikes with friends and family as well as cross country skiing.
Favorite race to watch: Toss up between Tour of Flanders or Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Emilie Forget
Age: 16
Neighbourhood: L’Ange-Gardien
Years racing: second year (if doing one race counts as a year racing)
Other hobbies: snowboarding, wakeboarding, swimming
Favorite race to do: criterium
Laury Milette
Age: 16
Neighbourhood: Angers
Years racing: 3
Other hobbies: skiing, wakeboarding, art
Ben Gabriel
Age: 17
Neighborhood: Barrhaven
Years racing: 0
Other hobbies: Piano/music
Comment: Haven't raced yet but watching tour of Columbia was hype
Magalie Tardif
Neighbourhood: Hull/ Gatineau
Years racing: 2
Other hobbies: musique : guitare
Favorite race to watch: Tour de France
Favorite race to do: tour international de la relève de Rimouski
Benjamin Harrington
Age: 16
Neighbourhood: Overbrook
Years racing: 2
Other hobbies: Reading, Netflix, watching cycling
Favorite race to watch: Giro D’Italia
Favorite race to do: Preston Street Criterium
Chloe McKenzie
Age: 17
Neighbourhood: Ottawa
Years racing: 7
Other hobbies: Yoga, SUP, photography,  reading
Favourite race to watch: Lenzerheide XC Mountain Bike World Cup
Favourite race to do: Mont-Tremblant XC Mountain Bike Canada Cup
Theo Woodford
Age: 17
Neighbourhood: Westboro
Years racing: 5
Other hobbies: reading
Favorite race to watch: Cyclocross
Favorite races to do: Cyclocross & road
Isabelle Bryenton (but most call me Izzy)
Age: 18
Neighborhood: The Glebe
Years racing: 0 (been racing since December)
Other hobbies: Play of the cello, cooking,
Favorite race to watch: Tour de France and Track World Cups
Favorite race to do: Scratch Race
Cédric Beaulieu
Age: 18
Neighbourhood: Mont-luc, Gatineau
Years Racing: 1 year
Other hobbies: Eating, chilling with my friends
Favorite race to watch: Superleague triathlon and for cycling it’s the Tour de France or team pursuit on the track
Favorite race to do: elimination race on the track and Preston Street Crit for road races
2019 Team Support

Head Coach: Shawn Clarke

Team Manager: Guillaume Lafleur

Track Coach: Bill Bourne

Cyclocross Coach: Todd Fairhead
Brett Stoppa 
Age: 18
Neighbourhood: North Bay (our remote team member)
Other hobbies:cross-country skiing

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