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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Results

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’s 2019 Track Cycling Provincial Champions Determined at Westshore Velodrome

The Greater Victoria Velodrome Association (GVVA) hosted a weekend of adrenaline-fuelled championship racing at the Westshore Velodrome as riders went head to head at the BC Track Cycling Provincial Championships from August 23rd to 25th, 2019 in Colwood, BC, just outside of Victoria.

Photo Credit: Jay Wallace

 

The championships blasted off with the Team Sprint and Team Pursuit events on Friday evening. The team of Meghan Grant and Kate O’Brien won the Elite Women’s Team Sprint while the trio of Von Winkelmann, Colin Fowlow, and Amiel Flett-Brown took the Elite Men’s category. In the Team Pursuit, the Elite Women’s team consisting of Micaiah Besier, Zoe Saccio, Brenna Pauly and Holly Simonson claimed the win while Flett-Brown, Fowlow, Winkelmann, and Caleb Bender* won the Senior/Elite Men’s race.

On Day 2, riders not only had to contend with each other on the 333m concrete track but also had to deal with inclement weather as rain on Saturday morning disrupted the schedule of events, forcing a later than anticipated start to the day. Strong winds continued to gust but the sun finally broke through mid-day and the racing was back on track.

Photo credit: Jay Wallace

 

Dylan Davies (Langlois Brown Racing) claimed the provincial championship in the Elite Men’s Omnium, topping all riders with 163 points while Zoe Saccio (Fluevog’s Crit Nasty) led the Senior/Elite Women’s field with 124 points. The Keirin saw Amiel Flett-Brown in first place, ahead of Von Winkelmann in 2nd, and Colin Fowlow in 3rd among Senior/Elite Men. Holly Simonson (Trek Red Truck Racing pb Mosaic Homes) would best Brenna Paully and Zoe Saccio in the Senior/Elite Women’s field.

Day 3 consisted of the Time Trial, Sprint, and Individual Pursuit events. Ethan Ogrodniczuk (Cannondale) won the Junior Men’s BC Championship title in both the TT and Individual Pursuit while Carolyn Shaw also came away as a double provincial champion, coming in 1st among Junior Women in the Sprint and Individual Pursuit. Aedan Crocker (TaG Cycling Race Team) won the Junior Men’s Sprint and Isla Walker (Tripleshot Cycling) won the Junior Women’s TT.

Photo credit: Jay Wallace

 

The weekend’s championship races also included U17 and Masters categories which saw wins from U17 riders Kendra Shaw, Parker Swanson, Erik Haaheim, and Masters riders Alex Hui, Tom Malczynski, Hans Loeffelholz, Sarah Goomeshi Nobary, Damian Dollisson, Dave Shishkoff, John Van der Vliet, John Mayr, Matt Powell, and Stephen Price.

In addition to winning the provincial championship jersey, the champions will be honoured and presented with trophies at the Cycling BC Season Wrap-up Party in November.

A huge thank you to the organizers, volunteers, officials, fans, and racers that came out to the races. Congratulations!

View the 2019 BC Track Cycling Provincial Championships Full Race Results (PDF)

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