Para Track World Championships Best Showing for Canada
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.