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.”

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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

RBC Whistler GranFondo 2019 Contributes $25,000 to Youth Cycling

The 10th anniversary of the RBC GranFondo Whistler on Saturday, September 7, 2019, saw approximately 5,000 cyclists ride up the iconic Sea-to-Sky highway from Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver to the finish line in the town of Whistler. After 122 kilometres of riding, riders enjoyed post-race festivities, including food and a concert at the Celebration Plaza in Whistler Village.

On top of all the fun and racing, the RBC GranFondo Whistler also made a major investment in youth cycling in 2019 by committing funds to programs such as Cycling BC’s iRide, a cycling skills and safety awareness program for kids in BC. Riders donated or fundraised towards Cycling BC’s iRide program and saw matching contributions from the RBC Foundation for a total of $25,000 raised in 2019.

Cheque presentation to Cycling BC at RBC GranFondo Whistler 2019
Cycling BC’s Executive Director, Erin Waugh, is presented with a cheque for $25,000 from the RBC Foundation in support of Cycling BC’s iRide youth cycling program. Photo credit: TLBVelo Photography


Year after year, the support of RBC and the RBC GranFondo Whistler allows Cycling BC to deliver iRide to over 10,000 kids in schools and communities throughout the Sea-to-Sky corridor and across the province. As the official RBC Whistler GranFondo Community Partner for the sixth year in a row, Cycling BC would like to thank RBC, the RBC GranFondo Whistler, and all of the participating riders for inspiring the next generation of cyclists.

The 2019 RBC GranFondo Whistler was also a qualifying event for next year’s GranFondo World Championships, which will also be hosted by the RBC GranFondo Whistler on September 12, 2020. It will be the first time the championships will be held in North America.

Registration for the 2020 RBC GranFondo Whistler is now open.



Record-setting Day for Canada at Pan Am Track Championships

Cochabamba, Bolivia (September 6, 2019) – Team Canada had an exceptional start to the Pan American Track Championships in Cochabamba, Bolivia, with riders setting Canadian and Pan American records in four separate events. Kelsey Mitchell kicked off the second day of competition by setting a new World and Pan Am record in the 200m Sprint with a time of 10.154, and went on to win all of her heats to qualify for the semi-finals today.

“It felt pretty great to establish a new record,” said Mitchell. “The track is fast here and the air is thin, so I knew the record would be beaten but I didn’t know if I would be the one to do it. I’m pumped about my time but I’m focused on the next race and hoping to make it all the way to the final.”

On the endurance side, both women’s and men’s Team Pursuit squads set records, with the women setting a time of 4:13.488 and the men 3:49.974, which earned them both gold medals and automatic qualifications to the World Championships. In individual events, both Kinley Gibson and Aidan Caves won bronze in the Scratch Race on Wednesday.

In the women’s Team Sprint, Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell set a record time of 32.232 seconds, and went on to win the gold medal in the Final against Mexico. Defending Keirin champion Hugo Barrette made it to the semi-finals, but had an unfortunate crash during the race and will be unable to return to competition this week. Joel Archambault finished 4th in the event.

Source: Cycling Canada
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BC Riders Show Their Quality at MTB World Championships

Canadian riders had some quality performances at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships this past weekend in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, including top-ten finishes in the Downhill finals from BC’s Junior Men –  Lucas Cruz (Pemberton, BC) – 4th, Elliot Jamieson (White Rock, BC) – 6th, Patrick Laffey (Nanaimo, BC) – 8th, and Seth Sherlock (Squamish, BC) – 9th. Amy Ertel (Whistler, BC) finished in 11th place in the Junior Women’s DH finals and a couple of other junior riders from BC, Milton McConville (New Westminster) finished 45th and Emmett Hancock (Kelowna, BC) 28th in the Junior Men’s race.

Vaea Verbeek at the 2019 Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. Photo Credit: Rob Jones/


In the Elite Women’s Downhill races, BC’s Vaea Verbeek (North Vancouver, BC) cracked the top 10 with a 9th place finish in the finals, while Miranda Miller (Squamish, BC) came in 11th and Georgia Astle (Whistler, BC) finished in 20th place. The Elite Men’s Downhill riders from Canada saw BC riders in the top-10 with Finn Iles (Whistler, BC) in 7th and Mark Wallace (Duncan, BC) in 9th. Kirk McDowall (Vancouver, BC) came in 15th and Magnus Manson (Sechelt, BC) in 35th.

In XCO racing earlier in the week, BC juniors Carter Woods (Cumberland, BC) and Emilly Johnston (Comox, BC) also had top-10 finishes with Carter coming in 4th place in the Junior Men’s race and Emilly finishing 9th in Junior Women at her first world championships.

Carter Woods at the 2019 Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. Photo Credit: Rob Jones/


In the Elite ranks, Catharine Pendrel (Kamloops, BC) finished 14th in the women’s race and Sandra Walter (Coquitlam, BC) completed in 18th. Canadian champion, Emily Batty, was the top Canadian woman finishing in 9th place. The only rider from BC in the U23 race was Sean Fincham (Squamish, BC) who finished his race in 11th place.

Andreas Hestler at the first-ever E-MTB World Championships at the 2019 Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. Photo Credit: Rob Jones/


Canada earned a medal in the first-ever E-MTB World Championships competition as Maghalie Rochette (Ste.Adele, QC) won silver in the women’s race. Former Canadian Olympian, Andreas Hestler (North Vancouver, BC), came in 23rd in the men’s E-MTB.

Catharine Pendrell on her leg of the team relay at the 2019 Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. Photo Credit: Rob Jones/


In the XCO Team Relay event, the Canadian team consisting of Raphael Auclair, Carter Woods, Laurie Arsenault, Catharine Pendrel and Peter Disera, came in 5th place behind Italy (4th), France (3rd), United States (2nd), and Switzerland who came in first.

Congratulations to all the riders who represented Canada at the world championships and the riders from British Columbia who continue to show and represent the quality of riders that come from our province.

Cycling BC’s AAP Eases Financial Stress on Athletes


The Cycling BC Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) provides athletes participating in Cycling BC high performance development programs with financial assistance to help support training and competition needs such as coaching, travel, equipment, competition fees, and day-to-day living costs.

Athletes must be a member in good standing with Cycling BC, demonstrate the potential to be nationally carded and selected to national team projects, and meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth by Cycling BC.

The application deadline for the Athlete Assistance Program is coming up on September 1, 2019, so athletes interested in this opportunity must have everything submitted before the deadline.

For more information, please read the Cycling BC Athlete Assistance Program section on the High Performance Resources page.