Canada’s Women of Pro Cycling

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about the men that will be waving the flag for Canada on the World Tour in 2015, at that time I promised I would do that same for the women.  So here we go.  Here are the lovely Canadian ladies that will be racing at the top level of women’s pro cycling in 2015.

Leah Kirchmann – Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
Kirchmann will be looking to build on what was an amazing 2014 season in 2015 with Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.  Kirchmann is the triple national champion, having won the road race, time trial and criterium.  She also picked up an impressive 3rd place on the Champs Elysees at the inaugural La Course.  2015 has the chance to be another fantastic season for the 24 year-old.

Annie Ewart – Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
A teammate of Kirchmann’s, Ewart will also be entering her third season as a pro with Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.  The 21 year-old is a strong time triallist and will be part of the team looking to deliver Kirchmann to the line in position to rack up the wins.

Lex Albrecht – Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
Albrecht will be making the jump to the top level of profession women’s cycling in 2015.  She previously rode for Optum in 2012.  Albrecht had a very strong season racing in North America with Twenty16 Pro Cycling.

Jasimn Glaesser – Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
A former bronze medalist in the team pursuit at the 2012 London Olympics, Glaesser rounds out a strong quartet of Canadians for Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.  She finished second behind Kirchmann in the individual time trial at the 2014 Canadian National Championships and will bring her strong time trialling abilities to an already strong team time trial unit at Optum.

Karol-ann Canuel -Velocio-SRAM
Canuel will be entering her sixth season as a professional rider and second with her current team setup.  Canuel is a strong individual time triallist, finished 6th at the World Championships, but more significantly she is a member of the dominant team time trial squad of the team formerly known as Specialized-lululomen.  Specialized-lululemon was undefeated in that discipline in 2015.

Laura Brown – UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
Brown joins UnitedHealthcare in 2015 having previously represented Canada on the track.  She has been a member of Canada’s strong women’s team pursuit team and also won the point race at the World Cup round in Manchester last season. 
Joëlle Numainville – Bigla Cycling Team
Numainville joins Bigla Cycling after splitting last season between Lotto Belisol Ladies and Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.  The 26 year-old brings a number of years of experience at the top level with her to her new team.

In total, Canada has 7 women racing at the top level of the sport.  With the rapid growth that women’s cycling is currently experiencing with the announcement of a number of races to run beside the men’s races, I expect to see more Canadian women joining the ranks.  2015 looks to be an exciting season in women’s cycling.