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

Five BC Athletes Named to Cycling Canada Team at Lima 2019 PAN AM Games

Cycling Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee announced today the eight women and five men who will represent Canada in the cycling events at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, from August 1 to 11, 2019.

After a highly successful campaign at the TORONTO 2015 Games, where Canadian cyclists won 20 medals, 11 of which were gold, Cycling Canada has decided to shift its attention to next generation athletes for these Games. Over the span of 11 days, athletes will compete in track, road, BMX racing and BMX freestyle events.

“The Pan Am Games are a great opportunity for our future champions to get a first taste of what it’s like to compete at a major multi-sport event,” said Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director, Kris Westwood. “Because Lima is not a direct qualification event for the Tokyo Olympics – and we don’t have the pressure of a home Games – we can worry less about performance and more about athlete development. That said, we can expect several podium performances from among this young team.”

The cycling competitions will begin with the track events, with Canada participating in both the endurance and sprint competitions. Former BMX racer Amelia Walsh will team up with RBC Training Ground athlete Kelsey Mitchell for the team sprint, after first competing together at the Hong Kong World Cup earlier this year. They will both take part in the sprint and keirin events, with Nick Wammes and Joel Archambault competing in these events on the men’s side.

The women’s track endurance squad will be led by former junior world champion Maggie Coles-Lyster, who will be joined by Erin Attwell, Myriam Brouwer and Laurie Jussaume for the team pursuit. The squad will also compete in the omnium and the madison events, though the exact line-up has not yet been confirmed. A few days later, the women’s track endurance squad will trade their track bikes for road bikes to compete in the individual time trial and road race. Miriam Brouwer will be the only athlete to compete in both events, with Maggie Coles-Lyster and Erin Attwell teaming up with her on the road, and Laurie Jussaume taking the start for the individual time trial.

“I am beyond excited to compete at the Pan American Games this summer, which will mark my first major Games experience,” said Maggie Coles-Lyster. “Our team pursuit squad is always progressing, and I am confident that we will be riding for medals in all of the events. It will be special to race alongside the girls I have been training, racing and friends with for many years now and we hope to follow in the footsteps of our successful Canadian women’s team pursuit squad.”

Competition will continue with BMX racing events for both men and women from August 8 to 9, with the team coming directly from the UCI BMX World Championships in Belgium. National team athletes Drew Mechielsen and Daina Tuchcsherer will be leading the women’s squad, while Alex Tougas and James Palmer were selected to the men’s squad but their participation is contingent on their recovery from injury.

The newly-added BMX freestyle event will close out the cycling competition on August 11, with Jaden Chipman representing Canada at his first major Games. Chipman is currently ranked among the top 30 in the world in the discipline that will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

The athletes and coaches nominated are:

Women’s Track Endurance and Road
Erin Attwell (Victoria, B.C.) – Team Pursuit, Road Race
Miriam Brouwer (Burlington, Ont.) – Team Pursuit, Individual Time Trial, Road Race
Maggie Coles-Lyster (Maple Ridge, B.C.) – Team Pursuit, Road Race
Laurie Jussaume (Contrecoeur, Que.) – Team Pursuit, Individual Time Trial
Alternate: Devaney Collier (Edmonton, Alta.)

Women’s Sprint
Kelsey Mitchell (Sherwood Park, Alta.) – Sprint, Keirin, Team Sprint
Amelia Walsh (Ayr, Ont.) – Sprint, Keirin, Team Sprint
Alternate: Lauriane Genest (Levis, Que.)

Men’s Sprint
Joel Archambault (Sainte-Christine, Que.) – Sprint, Keirin
Nick Wammes (Bothwell, Ont.) – Sprint, Keirin
Alternate: Je’Land Sydney (Georgetown, Ont.)

Women’s BMX Racing
Drew Mechielsen (Langley, B.C.)
Daina Tuchscherer (Chestermere, Alta.)

Men’s BMX Racing
Alex Tougas (Pitt Meadows, B.C.)
James Palmer (North Vancouver, B.C.)

Men’s BMX Freestyle
Jaden Chipman (New Lowell, Ont.)
Alternate: Mike Varga (Oshawa, Ont.)

Jenny Trew (Calgary, Alt.) – Track Endurance and Road
Franck Durivaux (Nancy, France) – Track Sprint
Adam Muys (Copetown, Ont.) – BMX


Source: Cycling Canada

Canada’s Raphael Gagne Wins PanAm MTB Title, Pendrel Tops Canadian Women

Canada’s Raphael Gagne won the Elite men’s title at the Continental Mountain Bike Championships on Saturday, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, after previously winning the silver medal in 2013 and bronze medal in 2014. Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, BC was the top Canadian in the Elite women’s race, finishing fourth.

Held at 2000 metres altitude, the Pan American championships offered important UCI ranking points towards Olympic qualifications, and all six Canadians competing finished in the top-10 in their respective races.

“Definitely over the moon with this win,” said Gagne. “I came second, nine seconds from winning, in 2013 and one minute from winning in 2014 with bronze. Today I finally got it. I’d like to thank the Canadian national team for supporting me here and at some of the key races this season when I need it the most. It’s a tough situation now with no team, and the Québec team is there to help me at some races too.  I am really happy I could make it happen for myself, but I am more thankful to those that are helping me right now.”

Leandre Bouchard finished seventh in Elite men, while Quinton Disera was sixth in the Under-23 men’s race.

The Elite women’s race was led from start to finish by world champion Kate Courtney (USA). Pendrel, the Olympic bronze medalist in 2016, was part of the four rider group that dropped the rest of the field and challenged for third in the final laps. Canadian champion Emily Batty finished sixth and Sandra Walter (Coquitlam, BC) was ninth.

Jeff Ain, Canadian Team Manager, said, “The course is a tough one with the desert heat and altitude, but we came in with a well-laid out plan and everyone executed really well. Raph showed some exceptional tactical skills to pull off the win in the elite men, and Catharine was in a tight last lap battle for bronze.  Everyone was in the top-10 with some very deep fields.”

Source: Cycling Canada
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