An superior summer time shortly turned bitter for Canadian cyclist Matteo Dal-Cin.
In late June, he gained the Canadian street race championship in his hometown of Ottawa. However, he hasn’t raced since, because of a knee injury suffered in coaching.
“It’s a pretty big blow to the morale anytime you have an injury,” Dal-Cin defined.
“When it takes you out in the heart of the season, it’s tough to give up those race days when you’re in good form. As an athlete, that’s one of the hardest things to do.”
Dal-Cin, 26, can be again in motion within the Tour of Alberta, which runs from Friday to Monday. Stage 1 is in Jasper National Park. Stage 2 will take riders in and round Spruce Grove. The third and fourth phases can be in Edmonton.
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“The first day we finish going up a proper mountain; the last two days are kind of hilly, punch circuits,” Dal-Cin stated. “It’ll be interesting what kind of a rider can come away with the win in terms of how they best utilize their team to pick up time on the road and make the most of the stages that suit them.”
This can be Dal-Cin’s third Tour of Alberta. He’s been biking since he was a child, because of his mother and father’ enthusiasm for the game. However, he didn’t race competitively till he was in his teenagers.
“I grew up playing soccer and hockey because that’s what there was. There is a bit of challenge: if you want to compete in cycling, you have to get in the car and do some pretty solid road trips,” Dal-Cin defined. “It’s a harder path in North America to get into the sport. But I love riding and am super-glad that’s a path I chose to follow.”
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