Development Programs
Hamilton Foundation

Ross Chafe Award – Application Form

In 1998, the Canadian Cycling Association was approached by a third party to support a bid to host the UCI Road World Championships in Hamilton, Ontario. The CCA met with Sports Canada and the third party and it was decided that cycling should have a financial legacy to support the development of young athletes if a surplus was generated from the event.

In 1999, Hamilton was conditionally awarded the 2003 UCI Road World Championships, with the UCI deciding that they would only host the event in Canada if the CCA took on the responsibility of ensuring that all the conditions were fulfilled. In October 2000, the former UCI President, Hein Verbruggen, and former CCA President, Brian Jolly, signed an agreement to host the 2003 Road World Championships in Hamilton, Ontario.

With the help of Sport Canada, a multiparty agreement was signed which involved funding from the Federal Government, the Ontario Provincial Government, the City of Hamilton and the Canadian Cycling Association. A not-for-profit organization was established under the name of Hamilton 2003 Road World Championships/Championnats du Monde Route to take on the event coordination. Pierre Hutsebaut, High Performance Director and CEO at the time, was appointed to be the Chief Technical Officer of the Hamilton 2003 Road World Championships.

This event made history as it was the first Road World Championships to be held in Canada since 1974 and the first outside of Europe since 1995. It was also the first time that the event was held in the downtown core of a city, which made it logistically challenging.

In the end, the Championships generated a surplus of $ 1.2M, which was used to help Canadian road athletes in their professional development. Two foundations were established: one in Hamilton, and one named the CCA 2003 Hamilton Road Cycling Foundation/La fondation pour le cyclisme sur route de l’ACC – Hamilton 2003. The Board of Directors for the Foundation was composed of Brian Jolly, Pierre Hutsebaut, Steve Bauer, Ross Chafe and Linda Jackson.

Since its debut, the Hamilton Foundation has supported numerous male and female road athletes, including Allison Beveridge, David Veilleux, Guillaume Boivin, Joelle Numainville, David Boily as well as many others.

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