October 30, 1982
Hometown Chateauguay, Quebec
In Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's Martin Gilbert's first pro season,
this young Canadian sprinter is poised to make an impact in criteriums
and sprint finishes throughout the year.
After starting as a triathlete at age 10, Martin chose to attend a
sports-study academy where he initially trained as a cyclist in order
to improve his triathlon performance, but soon dropped the running
and swimming to focus on cycling.
With his talent and background in triathlon, Martin was able to place
second in the junior national championships in 2000 despite his relative
lack of road racing experience. He caught the eye of the Canadian
Cycling Association coaching staff, and soon was racing in Europe
with the junior national team in preparation for the world championships
in Plouay, France.
After the switch from triathlon to road cycling, Martin changed course
again in 2003 by adding track cycling to his repertoire. Racing the
points race, scratch race, and madison, Martin has earned several
top-10 finishes in World Cup races around the world, along with 10th
place in the scratch race at the 2004 world championships. In 2005,
he won won Canada's National Points Race Championship.
After a completing the 2004-2005 winter track season, Martin was unsure
of his form heading into Quebec's international stage race, the Tour
de Beauce, that summer. But after getting away in a 14-rider breakaway
on the first day, Martin says, "Once I saw the finish, I knew
that it would be a good one for me."
Wining that 105-mile stage, followed quickly by two top-five stage
finishes at the Tour de 'Toona, solidified Martin's reputation as
a legitimate prospect for success in the professional ranks. After
an introduction from Dominique Perras, a fellow French-Canadian and
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada team member, team managers Robin Zellner
and Kurt Stockton saw in Martin a rider who could bolster the team's
firepower in sprint finishes.
At home in Quebec, Martin studies pharmacy at the University of Montreal,
where his girlfriend Mathilde is also a medical student. In the winter,
he enjoys skiing and snowshoeing. His cycling goals include establishing
himself as one of North America's top road sprinters and qualifying
for the 2008 Olympics in track cycling.