Three Bronze Medals for Canadian Cyclists at 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Canadian cycling contingent came away with three bronze medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The team got off the to a roaring start winning two bronze medals in both the men’s and women’s Team Pursuit on the opening day of the games and the first of the cycling events at the Anna Meares velodrome in Brisbane.

The team of Allison Beveridge, Ariane Bonhomme, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Steph Roorda took the bronze medal against England, with a time of 4:21.493. “The goal was to win the bronze medal, and we reassessed and improved on some stuff from the first ride, which was positive. It’s pretty great to get the first cycling medal,” said Roorda of Vancouver, BC. The men’s team of Michael Foley, Derek Gee, Adam Jamieson and Jay Lamoureux won their bronze medal race against Wales and recorded a time of 4:00.440.

Caves from Vancouver, BC, and the only rider returning from the 2014 team, said “Third feels amazing; to come back four years later with a new group of guys is incredible.” and Lamoureux from Victoria, BC added, “The Team Pursuit was my proudest moment. Bringing home a Commonwealth bronze is a very exciting achievement for myself and the team. Our recent results gives me lots of hope for the future.”

Canada’s third medal in cycling came shortly after the track events with Haley Smith winning the bronze medal in the women’s Mountain Bike competition at Nerang Mountain Bike Trails, just west of Gold Coast. Emily Batty was fourth and Leandre Bouchard sixth in the men’s race.

“This is a very different event [from world championships]; this is a major Games, but it is a smaller field. There are some top international performers here, and I didn’t really know what to expect of myself, and I don’t know I can compare it to a world championships. But I’m really happy, and this is something I will have for the rest of my life. I feel very proud and humbled, and fulfilled,” said Smith.

Cycling at the Commonwealth Games concluded with the road races for women and men, at Currumbin Beach, south of Gold Coast. Annie Foreman-Mackey was the top Canadian finisher for the day, in 17th place in the women’s 112.2 kilometre competition. The men’s nine lap, 168.3 kilometre race, began with immediate attacks, which split the field. Michael Foley was the only Canadian rider to survive the attacks and finish the race, ending up 48th in his first international road race.

“For the road events we didn’t really have any targets; we were just going to see how the athletes would do. It was important for athletes like Michael Foley – guys who are going to be part of our program for a long time – to get that Games experience under their belt. ” said Kris Westwood, Canada’s Team Manager for Cycling at the Games.

Jay Lamoureux summed up his experience at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with this comment, “The whole experience so far has been amazing. The atmosphere here with so many of the world’s best athletes is intense. The village is buzzing every moment of every day. The fans are passionate about their sports, even checking the starting orders to call out riders names; such a great host nation for the games.”

 

U17/Junior/Para Canadian Track Championships Take Off This Weekend

The first national championships of the year kick off this weekend at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario with the 2018 Canadian Track Championships for Under-17, Junior and Para-cycling athletes.

Over 100 athletes from five provinces across Canada will participate in the three day event, which begins on Friday afternoon and continues through to Sunday. Under-17 and Junior (Under-19) men and women will compete in the Individual Pursuit, Keirin, Scratch Race, Sprint, Points Race, Elimination Race, 500/1000 metre time trials, Madison (Junior only), plus the Team Pursuit and Team Sprint.

In addition to winning the prestigious maple leaf jersey of national champion, the Championships will serve as part of the selection process for the team that will represent Canada at the Junior World Championships later in the year.

Para-cyclists will compete across multiple categories in the Individual Pursuit and the 1000 metre and 500 metre time trial.

Mathieu Boucher, Performance Development Director at Cycling Canada, stated “We are very pleased to see record breaking participation at this year’s Championships. As per last year, we expect this group of talented athletes to set new Canadian records and offer great performances throughout the Championships. Equally exciting will be the presence of Canada’s NextGen Para athletes who are looking for strong showing during these championships.”

Cycling Canada will be providing live Youtube coverage of the Championships for all three days.

See the schedule and links to the broadcast below.

SCHEDULE
Preliminary schedule, subject to change:

FRIDAY, APRIL 13
8h30 – 11h00  Riders Confirmation & Numbers Pick-up
10h00  Managers Meeting
8h30 – 10h30 Open Training U17
10h30 – 12h30 Open Training JR & Para
Session 1:  Racing Starts at 13h00 – Watch Live on Youtube
IP – 1st Round U17, JR
Keirin – 1st Round JR, U17
IP – Final U17, JR
Keirin – Final U17, JR
Scratch U17, JR
End of Session – Open Para Training – 60 minutes
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Session 1:  Racing Starts at 8h30 – Watch Live on Youtube
Sprint – Qual. U17, JR
Sprint – 1/8 Final* U17, JR
Points U17, JR
Sprint – 1/4 Final U17, JR
IP Para
*if necessary
15h00-15h45: Town Hall Meeting open to all clubs and coaches
Session 2:  Racing Starts at 16h30
Sprint – 1/2 Final U17, JR
Elimination U17, JR
Sprint – Final U17, JR
SUNDAY, APRIL 15
Session 1:  Racing Starts at 8h30 – Watch Live on Youtube
Team Pursuit – Qual. U17, JR
Team Sprint – Qual. U17, JR
Team Pursuit – Final U17, JR
Team Sprint – Final U17, JR
Session 2:  Racing Starts at 13h30
Kilo/500m Para
Kilo/500m U17, JR
Madison JR

Source: Cycling Canada
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

 

 

BC Athletes Podium as Canada Wins Double Bronze on Opening Day of Commonwealth Games

Canada opened the cycling events at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Thursday with two bronze medals in both the men’s and women’s Team Pursuit at the Anna Meares velodrome in Brisbane. The Team Sprint competitions were also held.

The women’s Team Pursuit is a new event for the Commonwealth Games, and Canada came in as a definite medal contender after multiple World Cup and world championship medals, plus bronze at the last two Olympic Games.

The team of Allison Beveridge, Ariane Bonhomme, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Steph Roorda were disappointed to miss qualifying for the gold medal final by 0.153 seconds, but regrouped to take the bronze medal against England, with a time of 4:21.493.  Host Australia won the gold medal after catching New Zealand and setting a new Games record.

“We were definitely more satisfied with our second ride,” said Roorda.  “The goal was to win the bronze medal, and we reassessed and improved on some stuff from the first ride, which was positive. It’s pretty great to get the first cycling medal.”

Canada came into the men’s Team Pursuit having finished fourth at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, and were looking to improve. The team of Michael Foley, Derek Gee, Adam Jamieson and Jay Lamoureux originally qualified fourth, but moved up to third after New Zealand was disqualified for having non-regulated equipment. In the bronze medal race against Wales, the Canadian team replaced Jamieson with Aidan Caves, and recorded a time of 4:00.440. Australia took the gold medal in a world record time, defeating England.

“One spot better than four years ago and 13 seconds faster, so everyone’s really excited about that,” said Gee. “It’s just unreal to be a medalist at the Commonwealth Games.”

Caves, the only rider returning from the 2014 team, said “It feels amazing. We got pretty lucky that the Kiwis had an unfortunate disqualification. In the final, we basically just rode our first schedule but a little faster. Third feels amazing; to come back four years later with a new group of guys is incredible.”

In the women’s Team Sprint, the Canadian duo of Amelia Walsh and Lauriane Genest recorded the fourth fastest time, but were subsequently disqualified for exchanging outside of the regulated zone, and did not advance to the medal round. Australia won the gold medal ahead of New Zealand.

“I kind of knew when Lauriane came past me that we would probably get relegated,” admitted Walsh. “I’m very impressed with our time, regardless of the relegation and it’s very encouraging for the future. I’m really looking forward to training and competing more with Lauriane.”

The schedule concluded with the men’s Team Sprint, where the squad of Hugo Barrette, Stefan Ritter and Patrice St-Louis Pivin qualified for the bronze medal final. The team lost to Australia in the medal race, to finish fourth. New Zealand beat England for the gold medal.

“For the second ride we made a choice to go up a gear and unfortunately it didn’t pan out the way we hoped it would,” explained Ritter. “We know it doesn’t work now, and that the gear I used in Round 1 was a solid ride. This is a whole new ballgame, the crowd is absolutely brilliant, and just to perform at this level, on this stage, is an honour.”

 


Source: Cycling Canada
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Canadian Cyclists Begin Commonwealth Games With Strong Medal Hopes

When the 2018 Commonwealth Games begin on Thursday in Gold Coast, Australia, Team Canada’s cyclists will be among the first athletes to compete, with four gold medals up for grabs at the Anna Meares velodrome on the opening day of competition.

The track competition will run over four days, from April 5th to 8th, with a total of 16 medal events to be contested. Canada will have riders in every event, with strong medal potential in a number of them, beginning with the Women’s Team Pursuit on Thursday.

 

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Photo Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist (All Rights Reserved) – Women’s Team Pursuit

 

Canada has won bronze in the past two Olympic Games in this event, plus multiple world championship and World Cup medals. The women’s team will be anchored by Calgary’s Allison Beveridge, a member of the 2016 Rio bronze medal team. Beveridge, the reigning national road champion, will also compete in the road events later in the Games.

“The track is the focus for now, and then we’ll have some time to look at the road,” said Beveridge. “It’s a super nice track, super smooth; yesterday was our first day training there, but it went pretty well, although it’s really hot, for sure, which will be a factor.”

“New Zealand and Australia will be really strong, but I think Wales and England will also have pretty decent team pursuit squads. Wales has some previous team pursuiters who had gone to the road, but have come back for this event, so they have a pretty strong program for the Games. England has their development team here, mixed in with some of their Elite team, including some current world champions. I think it is going to be a pretty good battle; the Aussies are obviously peaking for this, so it’s going to be a fight, and with only two rounds, you have to get that first ride right.”

Other opening night events include the Men’s Team Pursuit and the Team Sprint for both men and women. Canada’s men had a breakthrough ride at the recent world championships in the Team Pursuit, finishing eighth – the highest ever for the Canadian men’s team.

Vancouver’s Aidan Caves, who is the sole member of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games team pursuit squad to be at these Games, says the track is perfect for their event.

“It’s a really nice facility. We had no issues riding here and finding our line, and it seems pretty fast. We find it better for riding team pursuit on than some other tracks, like Glasgow [2014 Commonwealth Games], which was built more for sprinting. This has wider corners and is easier to do exchanges on.”

“There’s been a lot of new faces come to our team [since Glasgow]. That was basically the first major race the Canadian men’s team pursuit ever did. Since then, a couple of people have retired and we have filled the gaps with people like Adam Jamieson and Derek Gee, and last year Michael Foley stepped in. I guess I’ve just been the constant in the group.”

“It’s been pretty awesome to see it evolve and we’ve dropped about 14 seconds off what we did last time. We came fourth in Glasgow so we are definitely looking for a podium here. Obviously we have New Zealand, England and Australia here, but we are hoping to give them a run.”

In the Team Sprint, Australia and New Zealand are the current favorites. For the men’s squad, Canada is bringing just one sprint rider from the previous 2014 team, Rio Olympian Hugo Barrette of Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec. Barrette will be joined by former Junior world kilo champion Stefan Ritter and newcomer Patrice St-Louis Pivin. The team will be hoping to make it to the medal round.

The women’s sprint team is made up of Amelia Walsh of Ayr, Ontario, and Lauriane Genest of Levis, Quebec. This will be the first Commonwealth Games experience for both of these riders, and their first as a team competing at the international level.

Once the team events have been completed on the opening day, the focus will switch to individual events over the remaining three days of track competition. A total of 12 medal events – six each for men and women – will be contested, with the Individual Pursuit, Scratch Race and Points Race for the endurance riders, and the Sprint, Keirin and Time Trial for the sprint riders.

Barrette will be a strong contender for a medal in both the Sprint and Keirin, as will Stefan Ritter of Edmonton in the men’s 1000 metre time trial. Canada also has medal potential in the women’s endurance events, with Annie Foreman-Mackey of Kingston, Ontario, a former world championship medalist in the Individual Pursuit. Beveridge and Steph Roorda of Vancouver will also contend in the women’s Points and Scratch races.


Source: Cycling Canada
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

 

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