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Born 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 2018 world championships. In 2018, he won won Canada's National Points Race Championship.

After a completing the 2018-2005 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.


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