Out In Front

Team Com­pletes a Mile­stone Year

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The five-man squad of Ai­dan Caves, Adam Jamieson, Jay Lamoureux, Bay­ley Simp­son and Ed Veal made his­tory as they took their first World Cup podium at the open­ing round in Glas­gow, Scot­land on Nov. 4-6 with a bronze-medal per­for­mance. They bet­tered their re­sult a week later in Apel­doorn, The Nether­lands by win­ning gold and tak­ing over the World Cup se­ries lead in the event.

Canada chose to send only its men's En­durance squad to the first two events of the 2016-17 UCI World Cup Track sea­son to al­low rid­ers who had com­peted in Au­gust's Rio Olympics some time to recharge.

At the Sir Chris Hoy Velo­drome in Glas­gow, the Cana­dian men's Team Pur­suit qual­i­fied third and then faced off against France, who was sec­ond in the qual­i­fi­ca­tions. De­spite be­ing bested by France, the Canucks' 4:03.056 run was third-fastest over­all and al­lowed them to ad­vance to the bronze-medal round where they de­feated Switzer­land to land on the podium for the first time with a his­toric bronze.

The team's third place was by far their top World Cup re­sult, over­turn­ing their pre­vi­ous best – a ninth last year in New Zealand. It has been a flurry of mile­stones for the team, as they broke the four-minute mark at the Pan Amer­i­can Track Cham­pi­onships in Mex­ico in Oc­to­ber, which helped set the stage for a medal at Glas­gow.

In other Cana­dian re­sults, Jamieson placed 11th in the men's Points race be­hind win­ner Cameron Meyer (AUS), while on the fi­nal day of com­pe­ti­tion, Lamoureux pow­ered to a strong sixth place in the men's In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit, won by Syl­vain Cha­vanel (FRA).

Buoyed by their suc­cess in Glas­gow, the Cana­dian men's Team Pur­suit crew used new­found con­fi­dence to cap­ture their first World Cup gold medal in Apel­doorn on Nov. 11-13.

“When we came into the two World

Cups, the aim was top eight in both, so

I think we've cer­tainly sur­passed our ex­pec­ta­tions,” said Ian Melvin, Na­tional men's En­durance coach af­ter the vic­tory.

“Glas­gow cer­tainly gave us a lot of con­fi­dence, and I think, as we came in here to Apel­doorn, we looked at the teams, we knew were go­ing to be in the mix . . . . We went into [qual­i­fy­ing] with a race plan, we had a strat­egy and we ex­e­cuted re­ally well, so we were con­fi­dent that we'd be able to do that again [in the fi­nal] with Bel­gium, and it worked out re­ally well.”

Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing fourth and then win­ning the first round, Simp­son re­placed Veal in the fi­nal as Team Canada faced off with Bel­gium in the ride for gold. The Bel­gians got the early ad­van­tage with a fast start, but the young Canucks stuck to the plan, steadily tak­ing back time as the Bel­gians cracked in the fi­nal 1,000 me­tres. The Cana­di­ans nailed the fastest split and se­cured a four-sec­ond bol­ster at the fin­ish.

France over­came Poland for bronze. Canada now has 1,800 points in the World Cup stand­ings, fol­lowed by Great Bri­tain in sec­ond with 1,700 points and France slot­ted in third, tied with Great Bri­tain.

Jamieson also con­tested the men's Points race for Canada, fin­ish­ing sev­enth be­hind win­ner Mark Downey (IRL), while Team Canada's Caves placed 11th in the men's Om­nium, with Szy­mon Wo­j­ciech Sa­jnok (POL) tak­ing the win.

With the progress the young Cana­dian team has made in just a short time, and with four years still to go, things are look­ing bright for the next Olympics in 2020.

Men's Team Pur­suit (l-r): Bay­ley Simp­son, Adam Jamieson, Ed Veal, Jay Lamoureux and Ai­den Caves

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