Team Canada had a tremendous outing at the fourth round of the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand earning four medals. On the final day of competition, Lauriane Genest earned silver in the Keirin and Allison Beveridge took bronze in the Omnium adding to the women’s Team Pursuit bronze medal and Kelsey Mitchell’s silver in the Sprint.
A day after earning a berth in the Sprint quarterfinals for the first time in her career at a World Cup, Genest needed to go through repechage to make it into the second round of the Keirin. She won her heat in the second round to earn a spot in the medal final where she again showed her strength and skill to win silver, her first World Cup medal.
“I’m still learning a lot in the Keirin. You don’t need to be the fastest to be in the big final. I was a bit disappointed with the first round but won repechage with a big gap and also won semis,” Genest said. “I told myself to give everything I had in the final because there wasn’t anything to lose. I have been looking at Kelsey’s success and it looks like it feels good. I am happy we can share it together.”
In the omnium, Beveridge won the tempo race and rode consistently in the scratch, elimination and points race to secure bronze. It was her second medal of the competition having been part of the women’s Team Pursuit bronze medal on Friday.
“Heading in I wasn’t quite sure where I was at. A couple of weeks ago I struggled in Glasgow. It feels good to put together some consistent rides and come away with a bronze medal,” Beveridge said before moving her attention to next week’s World Cup in Australia. “ We keep hoping to build especially in the Team Pursuit in Brisbane so we’ll see what we can do. As much as we love a medal, we are getting a little tired of bronze so we’ll see if we can improve on that.”
The fifth round of the World Cup takes place in Brisbane, Australia from December 13 to 15.
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