Laurent
Gervais

Date of Birth : 11/3/1997

Height : 1.80m

Weight : 72kg

Education: University of Montreal

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Photo: Tosh Clements

Rider type: All-rounder

Strengths: Time-trial


Area most eager to improve: Climbing

Hobbies: Reading, catching up on homework, friends

 

Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date: Best rookie at 2014 Tour de l’Abitibi

 

What or who inspired you to start riding?

My dad first inspired me. He raced his bike for about 20 years when he was young and he went to multiple world events including track and road world championships with the Canadian national team. It all started when we were both watching the Tour de France on the TV and I knew I wanted to race my bike just like he did.

 

What’s your biggest goal for the season?

I want to start targeting top ten results in stage races now that I’ve raced at least one year in the pro field.

 

Where is your favorite place to train and why?

Without a doubt, Virginia and the Blue Ridge mountains is my favorite place to train. I go to school in Charlottesville, Virginia, which is 20 minutes riding from the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a beautiful area with scenic overlooks along with endless country roads.

 

What’s one lesson you’ve had to learn the hard way and/or beginner mistake you made and now laugh about?

At my first race, which was in April in Canada, and you never what kind of weather you can have in Canada in April, it was about 2C (35F), and I didn’t have any leg or arm warmers, nor gloves or shoe covers, nothing. Only a bib short and a jersey. The race didn’t go that bad actually, but the next day I bought new cycling clothes!

 

What race are you most looking forward to this year and why?

The Tour de Beauce. I finished 15th overall in 2017, so I’d love to get a better result this year in front of family and friends.

 

What is your dream race to win and why?

Montreal GP Pro Tour, because it’s at home.  

 

Which pro rider would you love to have as a teammate?

I’d love to have Svein Tuft as a teammate. He seems like a really good guy and he’s really tough. Plus, he is Canadian! I know he’s really dedicated and he really describes the motto, “No excuses”, pretty well.