Ekoï.com/Gaspésien have announced receipt of their 2012 UCI Continental license. The Canadian developmental team will ride Devinci bikes and race the UCI’s America Tour.
The team's aim is to become a stepping stone for talented young North American cyclists. “Our mission is clear,” said Stéphane Tremblay, director sportif for EKOÏ.com/Gaspésien. "Helping young riders to advance in the sport while keeping in mind one simple thing – having fun. Cycling, even at a professional level, should remain fun. Practising this sport with high ethics, focus and enjoyment is the key to the success of our organization."
The average age of the team’s riders is 22. However, two veterans of the international circuit, Mathieu Roy and Adam Carr, will serve as team captains and guide upstarts including Emile Jean (junior Canadian road champion 2011) and Charles Matte (Quebec junior road champion 2011) as they enter their first year in the senior ranks.
The roster is completed with Jordan Brochu, Antoine Matteau (2011 Quebec road champion), Jean Samuel Deshaies, Charles Bryer, Yannick Bedard, Francois Chabot, and Pierrick Naud, who showed his talent in Belgium last year with the Canadian U23 team. Fans can follow the team throughout the season on their official website, www.ekoi-gaspesien.com.
Ekoï.com/Gaspésien will ride Devinci's redesigned Leo SL this season