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Le Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau – women’s racing at it’s finest

What an amazing day of racing in Gatineau – the women’s Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau did not disappoint as the women put on a great show!  Welcome to women’s racing at it’s finest.  Photo collection from the day:

road racing, www.traveldestinationbucketlist.com

Tara Whitten, Canadian track cyclist and 3 time World Champion – spent half of the race in a solo break – the heat of the day not appearing to hamper her racing or her lead at all as she flew around the 10 km circuit, over and over again!  She was eventually caught and did withdraw from the race – her effort nothing less than impressive.  The course, a precursor to the London Olympic Road Race course – was a race of attrition as the women covered the tough Gatineau course.

With big names in women’s cycling like Clara Hughes (6 Olympic medals), Nicole Cooke (Olympic Champion) and much local talent, spectators were all over the course to cheer the women on.  It was a great day to be out and the race looks to be growing in popularity – hopefully a sign of more years to come for this event, in its 3rd year.

Love this pic – a little artsy during the race – do you see what the spectator sees????  Here comes the peleton….

spectators women's road racing

The women were hard at work to bring the best of road racing to the Ottawa/Gatineau area.

road racing

womens cycling

The Round-a-bout caused a few problems for the women, including a crash for Clara Hughes just before the start of the last lap.

The peloton stretching out through the hills of Gatineau Park.

road cycling

Love this shot – I believe the quartet to include Leah Kirchmann, Julie Beveridge, Melissa Hoskins and Clara Hughes – the gap between the four women and the peloton growing as the foursome power out of the round-a-bout and the peloton enter the 360 degree turn from the other side.

Clara Hughes cycling, Lululemon


1.  Teutenberg (Germany) Specialized Lululemon

2.  Gilmore (Australia) Faren Honda Team

3.  Andruk (Ukraine) Ukraine National Team

4.  Numainville (Canada) Optum Kelly Benefits

For full race results – see the Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau Results Page.

Check out the final sprint on YouTube:  

Canadian Cycling Magazine has a play by play of the days events with updates every minute.

Great day of racing – thanks to the racers, organizers and all the volunteers who made such a great event possible.


About Anita Mac

The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!


7 thoughts on “Le Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau – women’s racing at it’s finest

  1. Loving your post and photos – thanks for sharing! Have a Great Day:)

    Posted by cravesadventure | May 22, 2012, 12:35 pm
  2. Great action shots… and I love the reflection one also 🙂

    Posted by 2 Rivers Photos | May 22, 2012, 8:29 pm
  3. Now I’m really, really, really, really tired!

    Posted by Russel Ray Photos | May 30, 2012, 9:39 pm


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