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Louis Garneau, 54, to start Canadian national road race

Published June 21, 2013

SAINT-AUGUSTIN-DE-DESMAURES, Quebec (BRAIN) — Louis Garneau, the president of Louis Garneau Sports, said he plans to start the Canadian national road race championships race on Saturday. The 54-year-old said he plans to race for about an hour before pulling out.

“Last winter, I crazily decided to get a pro license with my team,” he said. “I challenged myself on a personal level. In the 80s, my dream was to become a professional cyclist. Unfortunately, at the time, I could not be a pro and participate in the 1984 Olympic Games."

“Saturday, I will be racing at the Canadian Championships in Beauce because I have decided to make my dream come true. In addition, I am the oldest pro cyclist to be registered with the UCI! I will race the first hour and stop as soon as I have reached 60 minutes into the race. I will wish them well and leave the young cyclists to their race. I have helped a lot of them over the years, be it through my team, Team Quebec or Team Canada."

Garneau had more than 150 victories during his racing career, including a Canadian championship in individual pursuit. He retired after participating in the 1984 Olympic in Los Angeles and turned his focus to his company.

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