Vincent De Haître was getting dressed for a bike ride on the morning of March 22 when he got a phone call explaining that his path to achieving two of his longtime athletic goals may have been split in two.
For two cyclists from the same city sharing a podium at one of the cycling’s top international events, it would be difficult to find a pair of athletes whose tracks to get there are more vastly different than Ottawa’s Vincent De Haître and Derek Gee.
Making her debut at the Canadian Road Cycling Championships, 16-year-old Laury Milette rode away with a silver medal in the junior women’s road race on June 30 in St-Georges, Que.
Derek Gee is riding high after he and the rest of the Canadian men’s track cycling team capped off their best world championships performance ever in early March.
During the night of the Ottawa Sports Awards, Elly Woods sat nervously as she routinely checked her phone. It wasn’t in case word may have gotten out about the fate of the Male Athlete of the Year Award – since her husband, Mike Woods, had been announced as the winner two weeks prior – but because he was mid-race, on the other side of the globe.
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Mike Woods’ racing season was maybe more crushing but still triumphant than any cyclist’s in the world, and like always, his wife Elly had his back.