Para Track World Cham­pi­onships Best Show­ing for Canada

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by John Sy­mon

Canada fin­ished the UCI Para-cy­cling Track World Cham­pi­onships in Los An­ge­les with a to­tal of seven medals – four gold and three sil­ver. The team also fin­ished with strong top-10 fin­ishes in many dis­ci­plines in this Cal­i­for­nia com­pe­ti­tion from March 2-5.

Day One of the com­pe­ti­tion saw two golds for the Canucks: Tris­ten Ch­er­nove suc­cess­fully de­fended his men’s C2 1,000-me­tre time-trial ti­tle with a time of 1:15.005 sec­onds. Mean­while, in the C1 time trial, Ross Wil­son stopped the clock at 1:18.925, more than three sec­onds faster than sil­ver medal­ist Darcy Thomp­son of Aus­tralia.

“Tris­ten also rode very well to win his sec­ond ti­tle at the Kilo. Com­ing back from a vi­ral in­fec­tion, he re­ally man­aged to pull it off with the help of his per­sonal coach, Guil­laume Plourde,” said Sébastien Travers, head coach.

On Day Two, Ch­er­nove and Wil­son each won their sec­ond World ti­tles re­spec­tively in the 3,000-me­tre In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit, with Wil­son set­ting a per­sonal best in qual­i­fy­ing, and then catch­ing his op­po­nent in the gold-medal fi­nal. Mean­while Marie-Claude Mol­nar won sil­ver in the C4 women’s 500-me­tre time trial.

“Marie-Claude’s 500-me­tre [race] was very well ex­e­cuted,” shared Travers, “with a per­sonal best on her open­ing lap.”

Day Three was Mol­nar’s lucky day, win­ning two sil­vers. Her first medal was in the women’s 3,000-me­tre In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit, fol­lowed by a sec­ond one in the Scratch race, where the clock stopped at 42.606, just more than one sec­ond be­hind win­ner Shawn Morelli of the U.S.

“It was a long day for Marie-Claude,” said Travers. “She raced the Pur­suit and a Scratch race, earn­ing sil­ver in both events. The qual­i­fy­ing was a first good test, as Marie rode bet­ter than ex­pected and set a very good base­line for the com­ing sea­son. In the fi­nal, she went for it and did a per­sonal best on her open­ing Kilo. The work done by her per­sonal coach, Eric Van den Eynde, as well as her Strength and Con­di­tion­ing coach, Corey Kennedy, is no­tice­able and it shows in her time.”

Also on Day Three, C2 rider Ch­er­nove fin­ished fourth, while C1 rider Wil­son was ninth in the com­bined-cat­e­gory men’s Scratch race. “Tris­ten was marked by his op­po­nents, so Ross put in a tremen­dous ef­fort to cre­ate an open­ing. Fourth and ninth over­all are very sat­is­fy­ing,” ex­plained Travers.

“This is by far our best Track World Cham­pi­onship, and we couldn’t have achieved these re­sults with­out the help of the per­sonal coaches, our Nex­tGen coach Guil­laume Plourde, ther­a­pist Mindy Mar and coach/me­chanic Alex On­garro. We will build on these re­sults for the com­ing sea­son,” con­cluded Travers.

Tris­ten Ch­er­nove en route to dou­ble gold.

Tris­ten Ch­er­nove’s two gold medals and match­ing Rain­bow jer­seys

Ross Wil­son de­liv­ered win­ning two ti­tles.

Marie-Claude Mol­nar pow­ered to three sil­ver medals.

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