ANNIE EWART ENDS GREAT CAREER DUE TO ILLNESS
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.