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.