As a new Olympic cycle begins, Garneau and Cycling Canada are pleased to announce that their long-term partnership, now in its 32nd year, will extend to the Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games in 2020. Garneau will continue to provide competition clothing for the Canadian National Team in road and track cycling, mountain bike and BMX for all Olympic and Paralympic events. Team Canada will also wear Garneau custom cycling clothing in all international competitions during the next four years.
Since he rode at the 1984 Olympics, Louis Garneau has been the only supplier of the national team’s competition and training apparel. These clothes have helped Canadian athletes win many Olympic medals and countless international titles in every discipline.
Garneau and Cycling Canada will continue to strengthen their collaborative partnership over the next four years with the creation of the Podium 2020 committee. This group will include apparel specialists from Garneau who will work closely with research, development and technical experts from Cycling Canada as well as other National Team performance partners such as Alphamantis. Together, they will develop the world’s most aerodynamic and best-fitting technical apparel for every cycling event in Tokyo.
This approach will continue to build off of the development work done in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Games, where Garneau® custom-made the race kit for every cyclist on the Canadian team. The Podium 2020 committee will use Cycling Canada’s #NextGen programs, including the Team RaceClean road and track development program, as a benchmarking and testing ground for new innovations and products.
“This long-term partnership is one of the best things that could have ever happened to my company,” said Founder, Designer and President Louis Garneau. “Heading to the Rio Games, we put all of our expertise into helping the Canadian team and we won two medals at the Olympics and nine medals at the Paralympics. There is still so much to do with Cycling Canada. Our team’s motivation is at its highest level knowing that we are now on the road to Tokyo.”
“We are happy and incredibly proud to renew our partnership with Garneau for another four years,” said Jacques Landry, High Performance Director at Cycling Canada. “What’s exciting with this renewal is that we will increase our cooperation on the research side, as well as on the development and production of high-end competition clothing. This improved partnership will give our athletes more tools to help them be competitive at the international level and ultimately step on the podium at the Tokyo Games.”