BC’s Big Impact on National Teams

Team Canada, photo by Rob Jones

Cycling Canada finished the 2019-2020 Track Cycling World Cup season with strong performances at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup #6 in Milton, Ontario from January 24th to 26th, 2020. The Canadian athletes selected to race at the Milton World Cup included a roster of Olympic level veterans and a group of talented developing riders, many of whom are from BC.

Team Canada

  • Hugo Barrette – Sprint
  • Lauriane Genest – Sprint
  • Kelsey Mitchell – Sprint
  • Stephanie Roorda* – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Miriam Brouwer – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Devaney Collier – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Erin Attwell* – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Kinley Gibson – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Evan Burtnik – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Chris Ernst – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Amiel Flett-Brown* – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Jackson Kinniburgh – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Ethan Ogrodniczuk* – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Sean Richardson* – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Riley Pickrell* – Men’s Track Endurance

* BC Riders.

Team Canada’s Coach Laura Brown, photy by Rob Jones

The Canadian Men’s Track Endurance selection consisted of a greater part of BC riders including Vancouverites Amiel Flett-Brown, Ethan Ogrodniczuk, and Sean Richardson. This was Richardson’s first track world cup event as a first-year Elite and a first for Flett-Brown on a national team project. With guidance from BC coach and former track cycling Olympian, Laura Brown, the Men’s Team Pursuit squad finished in a blazing 4:00 for the bronze medal win over Belarus. Victoria’s Riley Pickrell was also named to the team and rode the Madison with Calgary’s Jackson Kinniburgh.

On the women’s side, Victoria’s Erin Attwell helped the Women’s Team Pursuit squad win a bronze medal and set a new Cycling Canada NextGen development team record. Veteran rider Steph Roorda of Vancouver was also part of the Canadian team in Milton.

Endurance Women, photo by Rob Jones

The Canadian team finished the Milton World Cup in fifth place on the nation standings and tied for third in the medal count. The impact that BC’s riders are having on the national programs is a testament to all the athletes’ hard work, dedication and the ongoing development support from their clubs/teams, coaches, parents, and provincial high performance programs.

The Milton World Cup was the last stop for the Canadian team before the UCI Track Cycling World Championships taking place in Berlin, Germany from February 26th to March 1st, followed by the 2020 Olympic Games this summer.

A selection of Cycling BC provincial team athletes will be headed to the Canadian National Track Cycling Championships for U17, Junior, and Para cyclists in Milton, Ontario on April 3rd to April 5th, 2020. Cycling BC is hosting preparation camps led by Laura Brown at the Burnaby Velodrome on March 5-6 and March 26-27 for any U17 and U19 riders getting ready for nationals.

Visit the Cycling BC High Performance webpage for more information on development programs and the pathway from Provincial Development to the Canadian/National Team.

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Four Medals for Canada at Para Track Cycling World Championships

As the host country for the very first time in the history of the UCI Para-track World Championships, Canada won a total of four medals this past weekend at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton Ontario. Over 150 athletes from more than 30 nations competed in the world championships including seven riders from Canada.

Team Canada

  • Tristen Chernove – Cranbrook, BC
  • Ross Wilson – Sherwood Park, AB
  • Lowell Taylor & Ed Veal (Pilot) – Lethbridge, AB & Queensville, ON
  • Marie-Claude Molnar – Longueuil, QC
  • Keely Shaw – Saskatoon, SK
  • Kate O’Brien – Calgary, AB

Calgary’s Kate O’Brien who recently joined Cycling Canada’s Para program won a world record-breaking gold medal in the Women’s C4 500m Time Trial with a time of 35.223. O’Brien is no stranger to international racing; she competed in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 with Team Canada before suffering a head injury on a training ride that took her out of the sport and led her to pursue the Para program as a pathway back to competitive cycling. This was her first international para competition. She would go on to set another new world record in the C4 Women’s 200m Time Trial with a time of 11.519, shattering the old record of 12.957 set by Nikita Howarth of New Zealand in 2018.

Cranbrook, BC’s, Tristen Chernove, scored Canada a hat-trick of silver medals in front of the home crowd after 2nd place finishes in the Men’s C2 Kilo Time Trial, Scratch Race, and the overall Omnium. It was also a world record-breaking weekend for Chernove who broke the world record in the Men’s C2 Kilo Time Trial and the Men’s C2 200m Time Trial but he was bested in both events by first-place finisher and new world record holder Alexandre Leaute of France.

A silver medal for Tristen Chernove. Photo by: Rob Jones/CanadianCyclist.com

It was an overall strong performance from the Canadian team with several riders setting new personal bests and new Canadian records, including the new Canadian men’s tandem team of Lowell Taylor and his pilot Ed Veal in the 1,000-metre time trial. Canada’s three silver medals and one gold placed the canucks ninth overall in the medal count at the Para Track Cycling World Championships. China would lead all nations by taking home a total of 21 medals (9 gold, 5 silver, and 7 bronze). This is the last international track cycling event ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer.

Official Results from 2020 Para Track Cycling World Championships (PDF)

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Forecast Calls for Fast at the Burnaby Velodrome, WTC Jan 17-19

As the regional championship event for Western Canada, the Western Track Challenge, January 17-19, will attract some of the best track cyclists in the country to challenge each other at high speeds on 47-degree banked corners around the wooden track of the Burnaby Velodrome. The Burnaby Velodrome, located at the Harry Jerome Sports Centre just off the Barnet Highway, is the only indoor velodrome in the Pacific Northwest which makes it a unique and attractive venue for riders wanting to escape the frigid winter weather and get in their riding fix.

Western Track Challenge 2019. Photo by Scott Robarts

 

Riders from neighbouring outdoor tracks like the Westshore Velodrome on Vancouver Island, the Argyll Velodrome in Edmonton, the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome in Washington State, and the Alpenrose Velodrome in Oregon have been known to make the trip out to the Western Track Challenge to test their skills and speed among the best. The race also serves as a platform for many U19 and U17 riders to dial in their fitness in preparation for the 2020 Junior Canadian Track Cycling Championships in April.

Western Track Challenge 2019. Photo by Scott Robarts

 

Western Track Challenge 2018. Photo by Scott Robarts

 

The Western Track Challenge races will start on Friday morning with the Individual Pursuit and Kilo/500m events, continuing throughout the weekend and concluding on Sunday with the Keirin finals, Madison, and the Marymoor Crawl/Longest Lap.  Ability-based youth races are also scheduled on Saturday afternoon, giving younger riders an opportunity to race against riders of similar ability levels.

View the 2020 Western Track Challenge Full Schedule

Western Track Challenge 2019. Photo by Scott Robarts

 

Western Track Challenge 2019. Photo by Scott Robarts

 

Admission to watch the Western Track Challenge is free all weekend long so head on into the Burnaby Velodrome and check out some of the best track cycling in the west.

Get Directions to the Burnaby Velodrome (PDF)

Western Track Challenge 2019. Photo by Scott Robarts

 

If you don’t want to miss a minute of racing, you can follow the 2020 Western Track Challenge Live Results online at RaceTiming.ca

Western Track Challenge 2019. Photo by Scott Robarts

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