The cyclist almatois Léandre Bouchard is now as free as the air. After two seasons, his contract with the team of professional mountain bike KMC EKOÏ SR Suntour has not been renewed.
“I thank them for the past two years. I had an excellent support, which has enabled me to achieve a dream of becoming a professional mountain bike “, expressed the athlete’s regional cross-country, during a telephone interview.
He knew of the decision since mid-August, but has preferred to wait until that contract expires before making it public on its Internet page. The leaders of the european training him in particular have advocated the limited budget, which has forced it to reduce the number of riders.
“They were kind enough to tell me in advance so you don’t make me false expectations and leave me the most time possible to find something on my side “, to highlight the olympian for 2016, which prefers not to move forward immediately on the following things or on the current talks, stating in the same breath that this new is not necessarily negative for the pursuit of his career.
“Next year, it is sure that I will continue to ride the bike, but I do not know exactly in what context “, specify Léandre Bouchard, who has already taken intensive training with the canadian team for the next season of world Cup mountain bike, which will get underway in Slovenia, at the end of the month of April.
“I am also excited by the new challenges that will present themselves next year. ”
After the family Celebrations, the Almatois will take the direction of Hawaii, as of 7 January for a second training camp, which will run until the 21 January, which will follow that of Halfmoon Bay in California, held recently.
On an individual note, he finished also his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi.
“I have a beautiful winter ahead of me to prepare for the next season, which will be important. For me, it is a stage of change team. It is a nice experience to run with a professional team in europe. It’s different here, but I’m also excited by the new challenges that will present themselves next year, ” said Léandre Bouchard, who, in 2019, will be in full process of qualification for the olympic Games of Tokyo, with the majority of points to raise during the various world Cups and the world Championships Mont-Sainte-Anne at the end of the season.
For the time being, with the results of the last year, only one place is available within the training olympic canadian men.