Cana­dian Track Cham­pi­onships

New Cham­pi­ons Crowned

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Jack Cracker

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

Om­nium.

(be­low) Joel Ar­cham­bault was first,

win­ning three Cana­dian ti­tles.

(top) Kate O’Brien took home three

Cana­dian ti­tles.

(left) Ryan Roth dom­i­nated in the Elite men’s In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit.

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