Pan American Track Cycling Championships 2016
Canada Brings Home Nine Medals
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