Pan Amer­i­can Track Cycling Cham­pi­onships 2016

Canada Brings Home Nine Medals

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front - BY SAN­DRA WAL­TER

Twelve ath­letes rep­re­sented Canada at the Pan Amer­i­can Track Cham­pi­onships in Aguas­calientes, Mex­ico, Oct. 4-9, bring­ing home a to­tal of nine medals while fin­ish­ing third in the over­all stand­ings. The suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment project was high­lighted by Ste­fan Rit­ter's two ju­nior world records in the 1,000-me­tre and 200-me­tre time tri­als and the Team Pur­suit squad's first sub­four-minute ride.

Canada made three podium ap­pear­ances on the first day of com­pe­ti­tion, led by Ed Veal, Ai­dan Caves, Jay Lamoureux and

Adam Jamieson, who logged their first sub-four-minute per­for­mance while set­ting a new Cana­dian record in the men's Team Pur­suit and cap­tur­ing sil­ver. The men's Team Sprint squad of Pa­trice Pivin, Joel Ar­cham­bault and Ste­fan Rit­ter pow­ered to bronze, while Jas­min Glaesser also earned a bronze in the women's In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit.

Team Canada earned an­other two medals on the sec­ond day of racing, win­ning gold and bronze. Rit­ter set his first ju­nior world record in the 1,000-me­tre time trial to fin­ish third in the Elite cat­e­gory. The Cana­dian women's Team Pur­suit squad that took to the track was com­posed pri­mar­ily of de­vel­op­ment rid­ers, with Glaesser the only mem­ber of the Olympic bronze-medal crew. Glaesser, Ari­ane Bon­homme, Kin­ley Gib­son and Jamie Gil­gen qual­i­fied first and went on to catch the Mex­ico squad in the gold-medal fi­nal to take the Pan Am ti­tle in a time of four min­utes, 21.741 sec­onds.

The women's Scratch race ended in a bunch sprint, with Glaesser tak­ing fifth and Gil­gen ninth.

The Cana­dian medal run con­tin­ued on Day Three when Lamoureux sped to sil­ver in the men's In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit. He qual­i­fied first, but came up short in the fi­nal against win­ner Ed­uardo Estrada (COL). Jamieson fin­ished 10th.

Two Canucks raced in the men's Points race, with Jamieson fin­ish­ing eighth and Veal 10th be­hind win­ner Este­ban Arango (COL).

Rit­ter qual­i­fied fifth over­all in the men's sprint, stop­ping the clock in 9.738 sec­onds for the Fly­ing 200-me­tre time trial, a new ju­nior world record, to go with his pre­vi­ous day's achieve­ment. Ar­cham­bault qual­i­fied eighth and Pivin was 16th. Pivin did not move on to the heats.

In the fol­low­ing day's heats, both Rit­ter and Ar­cham­bault made it to the quar­ter­fi­nals in the men's sprint, but they did not ad­vance, fin­ish­ing sev­enth and eighth, re­spec­tively.

Glaesser con­trib­uted an­other gold to the Cana­dian medal haul on the Day Four women's Points race aided by team­mate Bon- homme, who grabbed bronze in what was her first Elite foray into the event. Glaesser lapped the field early on and then main­tained her lead through­out the rest of the race. Bon­homme also took a lap to fin­ish only two points out of sil­ver, which went to Ar­le­nis Sierra (CUB).

Caves wrapped up an ex­cel­lent men's Om­nium, tak­ing gold. He started the sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion in the six-event con­test with a per­fect record of three wins, con­tin­u­ing his streak in the next two events – the 1,000-me­tre time trial and the Fly­ing Lap. He started the fi­nal Points race with a com­mand­ing lead. This gave him the lux­ury of rid­ing more con­ser­va­tively to se­cure the over­all ti­tle.

Gib­son was the top Cana­dian on the fi­nal day of com­pe­ti­tion, fin­ish­ing fourth in the women's Om­nium.

In the men's Keirin, both Rit­ter and Ar­cham­bault made it through the preliminary rounds to the fi­nal six – the race for the medals. In the end, Rit­ter fin­ished fifth, with Ar­cham­bault in sixth.

(clock­wise from top left) Men's Team Pur­suit; Jay Lamoureux sec­ond in men’s in­di­v­d­ual Pur­suit; men’s Team Sprint sec­ond; Ai­dan

Caves (cen­tre) win­ner of men's Om­nium; women's Team Pur­suit win­ners; Jas­min

Glaesser win­ner of women’s Points race

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