Canadian Track Championships
New Champions Crowned
The Canadian Track Championships p/b Lexus took place Sept. 24-26 at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ont. and featured performances by Olympians and Paralympians. Kate O'Brien and Laura Brown bagged the first title of the Championships, winning gold in the Elite women's Team Sprint, while Quebeckers Hugo Barrette, Joel Archambault and Patrice Pivin took the men's title.
The women's Team Pursuit was won by the composite team of Brown, Steph Roorda, Jamie Gilgen and Brenna Pauly, who finished only 0.125 seconds ahead of the second-place squad composed of Kirsti Lay, Annie Foreman-Mackey, Kinley Gibson and Ariane Bonhomme. The men's gold-medal race was just as close, with youngsters Adam Jamieson, Evan Burtnik, Derek Gee and Bayley Simpson finishing 0.193 seconds ahead of veterans Ed Veal and Ryan Roth, with Aidan Caves and Jay Lamoureux.
In the Mixed-category Para 1,000-metre time trial, Carla Shibley's tandem collected the title ahead of Martin Croteau Daigle's tandem after category factors were calculated.
Day Two saw Rio Olympian O'Brien of Calgary, Alta. win her second National title of the tournament in the Elite women's sprint. O'Brien qualified first and dominated every race on her way to the title. In the final, O'Brien beat Natalie Cormier of Bromont, Que. in two straight rides. Tegan Cochrane of Kelowna, B.C. won bronze.
Archambault of Sainte-Christine, Que. grabbed victory in the Elite men's sprint to capture his second title, besting his closest rival, Michel Herszak of Edmonton, Alta. Since Herszak is not a Canadian citizen, he was ineligible for a Championship medal. As a result, silver was awarded to the third-placed rider, Pivin of Windsor, Que.
In the Individual Pursuit, Gibson of Edmonton, Alta. won the Elite women's contest, crossing the line nearly two seconds ahead of Foreman-Mackey of Kingston, Ont. in the final. Roorda of Vancouver, B.C. won bronze.
Canadian road time-trial champion Roth of Guelph, Ont. dominated the Elite men's Individual Pursuit, besting Lamoureux of Victoria, B.C. by almost three seconds in the ride for gold. Jamieson of Barrie, Ont. earned bronze.
Sprinting superstar O'Brien secured the Elite women's 500-metre time-trial victory for her third title of the Championships on the final day of competition. Roorda picked up the silver medal and Cochrane snagged bronze. Canadian men's 1,000-metre time-trial record holder Vincent De Haitre nabbed the Maple Leaf jersey, with Caves taking silver and Simpson winning the bronze medal in the discipline.
Roorda turned up the heat to capture titles in both the Elite women's Keirin and the six-event Omnium competition. Cochrane cinched silver medal in the Keirin, while Natalie Cormier of Bromont, Que. took the bronze. In the Omnium, Gibson seized silver, with Gilgen holding on for bronze.
In the men's Keirin, Archambault snatched his third Canadian title, with Keith Bruneau of North Vancouver, B.C. taking the silver medal and Pivin finishing third. Caves came out on top after six events in the men's Omnium in a thrilling final Points race that saw multiple lead changes over the 40-kilometre competition. Gee of Osgoode, Ont. finished second, with Vancouver, B.C.'s Dylan Davies in third.
(bottom) Steph Roorda captured titles
in both the Elite women’s Keirin and the
(below) Joel Archambault was first,
winning three Canadian titles.
(top) Kate O’Brien took home three
(left) Ryan Roth dominated in the Elite men’s Individual Pursuit.