Team Canada won an incredible 12 medals, including five gold at the Pan Am Track Championships, the Continental Championships for North, Central and South America. The Championships were held in Trinidad, over August 30th to September 3rd. Canada and the United States tied at the top of the standings with 12 medals each.
Jenny Trew, Women’s NextGen Track Endurance Coach at Cycling Canada, said, “This last week was an exciting competition for Canada with all the programs bringing home medals and the team winning five Pan American titles. For the women’s NextGen program the Team Pursuit title was exciting, as it’s the program’s first in-competition ride with an exclusively development lineup, which is a great way to kick off the 2017 track campaign. It’s very exciting to see the depth in Canadian track cycling across all disciples.”
Canada’s Team Pursuit program showed its strength by taking both the women’s and men’s titles. Other gold medals were won by Hugo Barrette in the Men’s Sprint, Derek Gee in the Men’s Individual Pursuit, and the Women’s Madison by Steph Roorda and Allison Beveridge.
Roorda was the most decorated Canadian athlete at the Championships, also winning a silver medal in the Team Sprint with Amelia Walsh, and a bronze medal in the Points Race. Other silver medals went to Barrette in the Keirin, Kinley Gibson and Jay Lamoureux in the women’s and men’s Individual Pursuit, and Aidan Caves in the Men’s Omnium. Beveridge added a bronze medal in the Scratch Race to her gold in the Madison.
“These past Pan Am Championships in Trinidad and Tobago have yielded some of our greatest results since we’ve started participating in the continental championships during the London Olympic quadrennial,” commented Jacques Landry, Chief Technical Officer and Head Coach for Cycling Canada. “For our track program it is always hard to strike a balance between performing at the championships to qualify for world championships and offering this event to some of our Development Performance Pool athletes for development purposes. I think we’ve achieved this balance at these Pan Am Championships.”
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