AN­NIE EWART ENDS GREAT CA­REER DUE TO ILLNESS

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

Cana­dian An­nie Ewart has de­cided to re­tire fol­low­ing a di­ag­no­sis of ven­tric­u­lar tachy­car­dia, com­monly re­ferred to as ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat. Ewart rode for the U.S.-based Unit­edHealth­care Pro Cycling women's team.

“I would not be the same ath­lete if I con­tin­ued to race,” Ewart told Pedal, con­firm­ing that she was hang­ing up her bike. “And I don't want to risk my health.”

The 23-year-old all-rounder from Vic­to­ria, B.C. no­tably distin­guished her­self by win­ning both the U23 women's ITT and road race at the 2011 Road Na­tion­als. In 2012, she was sec­ond in the U23 women's TT at Na­tion­als, third in the road race and was sec­ond over­all in the Cri­terium, win­ning the U23 women's crown. In 2013, Ewart was just off the podium in fourth at the Pan Am Games ITT. She com­peted at the 2014 UCI Road Worlds TTT, where her team fin­ished fourth.

Ewart won Stage Two of the 2015 Tour of the Gila, and that same year, Ewart was part of a six-woman team of Amy Char­ity, Jas­min Glaesser, Leah Kirch­mann, Ali­son Tet­rick and Bri­anna Walle that won the USPRO Team

Time Trial Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. In 2016, she was on the podium again as part of the Unit­edHealth­care TTT women's squad that fin­ished third on Stage Three of the Am­gen Tour of Cal­i­for­nia. Ewart was also an Olympic torch­bearer on her bike for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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