Louis Garneau’s name and reputation need no introduction in the cycling community. Always involved in biking through his company, Louis is always on the lookout for opportunities to share his passion for cycling with young riders and to develop hometown talents. What better way to do this than by creating a cycling team?
The Garneau development team is born in 2000. At that time, it is entirely dedicated to young talents (10 years old) and integrates promising young cyclists, among them Louis’ sons, first William, then Edouard.
Years go by and the team evolves, going to higher age groups as the young riders get older.
Some of the team riders, i.e. Hugo Houle and William Garneau, are so good that in 2008, they are called upon to defend Canada’s colors at the Junior World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. Team Garneau has proven itself, the test is conclusive. It can move on to the next level.
Then known as Garneau Optik, the team welcomes a certain David Veilleux and, from that moment on, the way to the future is paved. Louis Garneau, with the support of his sponsors, builds the team around Veilleux and will from then on develop talents promised to the highest levels of cycling competition and teams, be they Team Europcar or AG2R LA MONDIALE.
Several riders who have come through Garneau have already joined the highest level professional ranks, like David Veilleux (Europcar), Hugo Houle (AG2R) and Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie). Several others have illustrated themselves in national and international competitions, like Rémi Pelletier-Roy, 3-time Canadian champion in track cycling and winner of a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Wishing to go even further, the team recruits a prestigious major sponsor: the Quebecor Group, whose involvement in amateur sports is well-known, and thus becomes Team Garneau-Quebecor. This new major sponsor helps the team achieve the UCI Continental America status, the last level of competition before the great adventures of the Tour de France, Girò d’Italia, Vuelta Ciclista a España, and other races of the highest level.
The team continues to grow in 2016 and consolidates its position among the best development teams at the UCI Continental level in North America. Its higher-level race program, which consists of criteriums from the USA Cycling Association, will bring the riders to the USA, while Canadian and Quebec races also show prominently on the program. Among the races planned for the season: the Grand Prix du Saguenay, the Tour de Beauce, the Joe Martin Stage Race (Arkansas), the Philly International Cycling Classic and Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, the BC Superweek (series of 5 races in British Columbia), etc.
Our mission is to help develop young cyclists into ultimately becoming members of a Pro Tour team and thus follow in the footsteps of David Veilleux (Europcar), Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale) and Antoine Duchesne (Direct Énergie).