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

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 Track Championships August 23-25

The 2019 BC Provincial Track Cycling Championships hosted by the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association returns to the Westshore Velodrome on Friday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 25th.

Here are some important things to note for this year’s event.


Championship: Sr. Men, Sr. Women, Masters (may be split, depending on numbers), U19 (Junior men and women), U17 (Junior men and women)

Ability-class racing (boys and girls together) for U15s and younger: A, B and C (non–championship but GVVA medals will be awarded)

If a Junior or U17 racer wants to race up in a higher category for an event, they must receive written permission from Cycling BC. Requests can be sent to and must be accompanied by a letter of support from the athlete’s coach. Requests should be submitted no later than August 16, 2019. Request received after this date will be declined. Please note that temporarily upgraded racers must first complete that event in their licensed category.

Faster U15 (13 & 14 year old) racers may apply to Cycling BC for an upgrade to race in U17.

Ability categories are open to racers 18 and younger. With consultation with their coach, racers will be able to select their category based on their ability. Less experienced Junior and U17 athletes are welcome to race in non-championship ability categories. Racers who find that they are not matched well to their ability category will be able to change categories after the first event.

If an athlete aged 30 years old or over and wants to race in the Elite category for provincial events, but wants to race Masters for national and international events, he must take a Masters license and ask the provincial association to produce an upgrade letter to participate in provincial events in the Elite category. Requests should be submitted no later than August 16. Requests received after this date will be declined.

Racers over the age of 30 with Elite licenses are not able to race in a Masters category.

Masters categories may be combined for some events where field sizes require it. If this is to occur, the categories will be separated for results and each category will have a separate podium.

U17 and Junior categories may be combined for some events where field sizes require it. If this is to occur, the categories will be separated for results and each category will have a separate podium.

Races will be run in the reverse order of categories above- starting with the youngest riders first.

Categories will be combined for Omnium events to provide fields of equal abilities – at GVVA discretion.

Para Events will be determined based on athlete registration

Omnium Events* Riders must participate in every omnium event in the omnium to be eligible for omnium rankings.


Day 1 – Friday, August 23rd Team Events

4:00 pm: Registration open

5:30 pm – Racing Starts

Team Sprint finals.

Men have 3 riders per team (3 laps elite M, Masters M, U19 M)

Women have 2 riders per team (2 laps elite F and U19 F, or 1 lap for U17 F)

Ability Classes: Teams of 3, A 3 laps, B and C 1.5 laps

Team Pursuit finals. 4 riders per team (3 must finish). Men and Women, Masters men, U19 M and W – 4 k (12 laps); U17 M and W ability class A – 3k (9 laps); Ability classes B and C – 2 k (6 laps) – distances subject to change! For mixed teams, distances will be set on the rider whose category rides the most laps.

Open Madison Youth Mixed – non-championship event – 15 laps (3 sprints)

Open Madison Women – Senior, Masters, Junior – 40 laps (8 sprints) – championship event

Open Madison Men –Senior Men, Masters, Junior – 65 laps (13 sprints) – championship event

Day 2 – Saturday, August 24th

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Registration open / Track available for warm up

10:30 am: Racing starts

Flying 200 Starting from the back straight – 2 ½ laps timed on the final 200 meters

We will use flying 200 to seed the Keirin and match sprint events.

Top 8 riders in each category will go into the sprint tournament. Riders placing 9th and above will either have one match sprint against the rider whose flying 200 time is closest to theirs or will race for 9th, 10th and 11th placings.

Omnium (4 events run over 1 day)

Scratch Race* Men (30 laps) / Women, Masters and Junior Men, U17 (20 laps) / A (15 laps), B and C (10 laps)

Tempo Race* Men (30 laps) / Women, Masters and Junior Men (20 laps) / A (15 laps), B and C (10 laps)


Keirin heats (if necessary)

Keirin Finals

Elimination* we will use the same groups that we have used for the scratch and tempo races

Points Race * Men (60 laps) / Women, Masters and Junior Men (48 laps) / A (36 laps), B and C (12 laps)

Day 3 – Sunday, August 25th

8:00 am -8:45 am: Track available for warm up

9:00 am: Racing starts

Time Trial Men, Junior Men – 1000 meters (3 laps)
Sr. Women, Masters, Jr. Women, U17 Men and Women, Ability Class A – 500 meters (1.5 laps)
Ability Class B and C – 333 meters (1 lap)

Sprint ¼ final – 1 ride

Sprint for riders placing 9th and above

Sprint 5-8

Sprint ½ final – 1 ride

Sprint Finals – best of 3 for Senior and U19 men and women. All others will be one ride.

Individual Pursuit 4K (12 laps) – Senior Men
3K (9 laps) – Senior Women, Junior Men, Masters 30-39 and 40-49
2K (6 laps) – Masters 50 plus, Junior women, Ability Class A
1K (3 laps) – Ability Class B and C


To register for this event, please go to