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PRESENTATION

My name is Charles Moreau and I was born on April 11, 1982. Second of a family of 7 children, I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by a loving family who always taught me to be kind to others by all possible means. Since birth, I have been able to enjoy excellent health and the ability to excel in everything I do, whether at school, in sport or in business.

In January 2008, my life changed abruptly. My car broke down on the Laviolette Bridge in Trois-Rivières and I was waiting for the tow truck. Ten minutes later, a 52-foot truck hit my immobilized car. Since that fateful day, I’ve been a paraplegic, stuck in a wheelchair. When I think about it, January 20, 2008 was the beginning of what will be my biggest fight, because everything I expected from life was turned upside down at that moment! If I can compete today, it’s because I was fortunate enough to have the unconditional support of my family and close friends, who encouraged me in each of my victories during my rehabilitation. With their help and encouragement, I was able to return quickly to the practice of sport, albeit adapted.

I was a very active child and teenager, so moving was a passion and an integral part of my life before my accident, and this need has not changed despite everything. This and the realization that I had potential following my first races in the para-sport is why I decided to go ahead and set ambitious goals for myself!

It has only been four years since I’ve focused exclusively on para-cycling and I have managed to reach the Canadian podium every year and more than five international podiums. I’ve also carved out a place on the Canadian Para-cycling Team and I’m aiming to participate in the next Para-cycling World Championships.

Since my first championship in 2009, I have participated in multiple World Championships and World Cups. I won 14 medals, including two medals at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games, and two bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

I am gradually getting closer to my ultimate goal of participating in my second Paralympic Games and reaching the other two spots on the podium! This year (2018) will be my sixth consecutive season dedicated exclusively to PARA-CYCLING. Having quickly realized the level of depth and seriousness of the competition at the international level in this sport, unlike the paratriathlon, I understood two things. The first and most important was that focusing exclusively on cycling was a necessity if I wanted to compete with the top international athletes in that sport. The second was that I would also have to get top of the line equipment to keep up with, or even exceed, the best in this discipline.

The key pieces I refer to when I talk about top of the line equipment are:

My handbike, made entirely of carbon;                                                                                                    

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My SRM (a tool used to precisely measure our power [watts] in real time);

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My different sets of competition wheels;

 

Zipp 404Corima frontCorima Disc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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