BC Wins at 2019 Elite/Masters Canadian Track Cycling Championships

Congratulations to all the BC riders that took part in the 2019 Elite/Masters Canadian Track Cycling Championships at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario from September 26-28, 2019.

Over 140 athletes from across the country took part in the national championships to compete for the coveted maple leaf jersey and the title of Canadian National Champion.

Ethan Ogrodniczuk and John Willcox celebrate after the Men’s Madison Final. Photo credit: Ivan Rupes

 

BC riders showed some impressive results including individual gold-medal winning performances from Steph Roorda who won the Elite Women’s Omnium and Georgia Simmerling who won the Women’s Pursuit. Vancouver’s Amiel Flett-Brown took the bronze medal in the Elite Men’s Omnium, Aidan Caves won bronze in the Elite Men’s Time Trial, and Jay Lamoureux came 2nd in the Men’s Pursuit.

In Masters Racing, Keith Bruneau of North Vancouver, finished 2nd in the Master B Men’s Time Trial, Alex Hui from Victoria finished 3rd in the Master A Men’s Scratch Race, and Hans Loeffelhelz of North Vancouver came 3rd in the Master B Men’s Keirin Final.

The team events saw BC athletes win medals on composite teams including Erin Attwell of Victoria who won gold in the Elite Women Team Pursuit, while Steph Roorda, Maggie Coles-Lyster, and Georgia Simmerling won silver on their composite team in the same event. The Men’s Team Pursuit Composite2 team which included Jay Lamoureux and Aidan Caves won gold. Composite3 team consisting of Vancouver’s Meghan Grant and teammate Kate O’brien won the bronze in the women’s Team Sprint while Men’s Team Sprint Composite3 team of Joel Achambaut, Robert Gooch, and Guy McClintock took the silver medal. In Master Men’s Team Sprint, the BC team of Alex Hui, Keith Bruneau, and Hans Loeffelholz finished in 3rd place. In the Madison events, Steph Roorda teamed up with Miriam Brouwer to win gold in the Elite Women’s race while Ethan Ogrodniczuk and John Willcox won silver for BC in the Elite Men’s race.

View Full Results from the 2019 Elite/Masters Canadian Track Cycling Championships.

Elite/Masters Canadian Track Championships Kick Off on Thursday

Milton, ON (September 24, 2019)

– The 2019-2020 domestic track season will officially kick off this week with the Canadian Track Championships for Elite and Masters athletes, to be held at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario from September 26-28. Over the course of three days, titles and maple leaf jerseys will be awarded in eight events for women and men in the Elite category, and across multiple age categories for Masters women and men.

“We are thrilled to host Canada’s top track cyclists at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre as they finalize their preparation for the final World Cup season before the Olympic Games,” said Mathieu Boucher, Head of Development and Operations at Cycling Canada. “Our Elite athletes have had a successful start to the season, setting multiple records and winning several medals at the Pan Am Games & Pan Am Championships, and we are expecting fast times and outstanding performances throughout the week!”

Competition begins on Thursday, September 26th, with the Time Trial, Team Pursuit and Team Sprint events. On Friday, the Omnium and Sprint titles will be awarded, and the Championships will conclude on Saturday with the Individual Pursuit, Keirin and Madison events.

Approximately 140 athletes are registered for the Championships, including Olympic bronze medalists Allison Beveridge and Georgia Simmerling and Pan American champion and world record holder Kelsey Mitchell, as well as many other high caliber riders from around the country.

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Cycling Canada Announces Road World Championships Team

Ottawa, ON (September 11, 2019) – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the squad of 25 riders who will represent Canada at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, United Kingdom from September 22 – 29. Women and men will compete in the road race and time trial events across five categories: Junior and Elite women, as well as Junior, Under-23 and Elite men.

This year, Canada managed to qualify six spots in the Elite men’s road race, giving the team access to more support riders. Leading the squad will be professional riders from the highest level of the sport, including last year’s bronze medallist and top ranked Canadian on the WorldTour circuit, Michael Woods, as well as Hugo Houle, known to be of the world’s best support riders.

“It’s always a great opportunity to represent Canada at the World Championships, especially with a great leader like Mike Woods,” said Hugo Houle. “I have been in excellent physical condition since the Tour de France – it was really important for me to be in the best possible shape for this competition in order to support Mike until the end of the race. He showed us he could be world champion in Innsbruck, and he needs teammates who live up to his performances.”

On the women’s side, the team will be led by former world time trial champion and current national road champion Karol-Ann Canuel. She will be joined by all-rounder Alison Jackson and climbing specialist Sara Poidevin. Top ranked Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann was set to compete, but will be unable to take part in the project due to injury.

“Our women were our stand-out performers last year in Austria” said Team Manager, Kevin Field. “We faced some injuries and setbacks this year – that’s all part of sport. Challenge is something these girls don’t shy away from and we’re ready to bring a good game to Yorkshire.”

The Under-23 men’s selection includes national road champion and breakout athlete Nickolas Zukowsky, as well as national time trial champion Adam Roberge. In the Junior ranks, national women’s road, time trial and criterium champion Magdeleine Vallières-Mill will be leading the team, while the men’s selection includes national road champion Raphael Parisella, and national time trial champion Jacob Rubuliak, who are both first in their first year as Juniors.

“I’m less concerned about results in our developing categories. We have very high potential athletes in these age groups; however, the goal of this event is to learn and experience, with a focus on process that we can leverage to springboard them forward. I have no doubts we can do that.”

The world championships begin on Monday, September 23th with the Junior women’s and men’s time trials, and conclude on Sunday, September 29th, with the Elite men’s road race.

Team Canada [TT – Time Trial, RR – Road Race]

Elite Men
Guillaume Boivin – Montreal, QC [RR]
Antoine Duchesne – Saguenay, QC [RR]
Hugo Houle – Sainte-Perpétue, QC [TT, RR]
Benjamin Perry – St.Catharines, ON [RR]
James Piccoli – Montreal, QC [RR]
Mike Woods – Ottawa, ON [RR]

Elite Women
Marie-Soleil Blais – Saint-Rosaire, QC [RR]
Karol-Ann Canuel – Gatineau, QC [TT, RR]
Gillian Ellsay – Courtenay, BC [RR]
Alison Jackson – Vermilion, AB [RR]
Sara Poidevin – Canmore, AB [RR]
Other rider – TBD

Under-23 Men
Evan Burtnik – Edmonton, AB [RR]
Pier-André Côté – Levis, QC [RR]
Adam Roberge – Montreal, QC [TT]
Nickolas Zukowsky – Ste-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC [TT, RR]

Junior Women
Adèle Desgagnés – Montreal, QC [RR]
Laury Milette – Gatineau, QC [RR]
Camille Primeau – Rosemère, QC [TT, RR]
Magdeleine Vallières-Mill – Sherbrooke, QC [TT, RR]

Junior Men
Lukas Carreau – La Prairie, QC [RR]
Tristan Jussaume – Contrecoeur, QC [TT]
Raphael Parisella – Boucherville, QC [RR]
Riley Pickrell – Victoria, BC [RR]
Jacob Rubuliak – Kelowna, BC [TT, RR]

 


Source: Cycling Canada

Team Canada Wraps Up Pan Am Track Championships with 15 Medals

Cochabamba, Bolivia (September 10, 2019) – Team Canada concluded day five of the Pan American Track Championships in Cochabamba, Bolivia, by winning three more medals in the Keirin and Kilo events, bringing the total tally up to fifteen medals.

 

Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell went head-to-head in the Keirin final, with Genest ultimately taking the lead and sprinting to gold, while her teammate took home her first bronze medal of the Championships. Vincent de Haitre also finished third in the Kilo, and recorded a personal best time of 58.951.

Over the last five days of competition, Team Canada won 8 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals, and amassed critical qualification points for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The squad also kicked off the season by setting six Canadian, five Pan Am and one world record, and the Men’s Team Pursuit squad became the second nation in history to ride faster than 3:50, while the women’s squad became the third nation to ride under 4:14.

“This was an amazing way to kick off the second year of Olympic qualifying,” said Cycling Canada high performance director Kris Westwood. “Our track team was well prepared for the Pan Am championships, but we really weren’t sure how the athletes would do at altitude – especially after the long trip to central Bolivia. Kelsey’s world record and winning so many medals was quite a bit above expectations, and certainly mission accomplished from the point of view of Olympic qualification. On a more sobering note, Hugo’s injury is a really big blow, and we hope he can recover in time for the world cups in December to lock in his Olympic qualification.”

For full results, click here.

Results

Gold – Women’s Team Pursuit (Allison Beveridge, Georgia Simmerling, Ariane Bonhomme, Annie Foreman-Mackey), Men’s Team Pursuit (Derek Gee, Jay Lamoureux, Vincent de Haitre, Michael Foley, Aidan Caves), Women’s Team Sprint (Kelsey Mitchell & Lauriane Genest), Points Race (Michael Foley), Sprint (Kelsey Mitchell), Individual Pursuit (Georgia Simmerling), Omnium (Derek Gee), Keirin (Lauriane Genest)

Silver – Omnium (Allison Beveridge), Individual Pursuit (Annie Foreman-Mackey)

Bronze – Scratch Race (Kinley Gibson & Aidan Caves), Individual Pursuit (Jay Lamoureux), Keirin (Kelsey Mitchell), Kilo (Vincent de Haitre)

 


Source: Cycling Canada