The world record that was al­most snatched away be­cause of a hold

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - NEWS -

The only thing in Ross Wil­son’s of­fice that speaks to his World Cup-level road and track cy­cling is a white­board with key events and some notes on up­com­ing train­ing. He refers to his high-level rac­ing as a hobby, which may seem like an un­der­state­ment con­sid­er­ing his com­mit­ment to the sport. But he does have a day job at the North­ern Al­berta In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (nait) in Ed­mon­ton as the di­rec­tor of in­ter­nal au­dit. On Nov. 8, the ac­coun­tant set a world record on the track.

Wil­son was in Scot­land at the Sir Chris Hoy Velo­drome in Glas­gow for the World Cup. He com­petes in the C1 para­cy­cling cat­e­gory, which means he’s on a di­a­mond-frame bike (as op­posed to a tri­cy­cle or hand­cy­cle). There are five lev­els in the C cat­e­gory. C1 com­prises ath­letes with the high­est lev­els of im­pair­ment.

At the track, the start­ing gates weren’t work­ing, so Wil­son had to be­gin his in­di­vid­ual pur­suit ride from a hold. A Cy­cling Canada me­chanic kept Wil­son and his bike steady un­til it was time for the rider to cover 3,000 m on the track. “For me, that usu­ally means a worse start be­cause I like to push back against the gate and rock off of it,” Wil­son said.

To­ward the end of the ef­fort, he knew some­thing was up. Se­bastien Travers, the na­tional para­cy­cling team coach, ran to the fin­ish line to yell en­cour­age­ment to Wil­son to keep rid­ing hard. Wil­son crossed the line in 3:49.450, beat­ing Ri­cardo Ten Argilés world record of 3:50.051. Af­ter a cool-down, a com­mis­saire spoke with Travers. The of­fi­cials weren’t go­ing to give Wil­son the record be­cause it was a held start. Travers ar­gued that it wasn’t Wil­son’s de­ci­sion to have such a start. There was also video ev­i­dence that the rider didn’t get a push to in­flu­ence his ride.

Af­ter about 20 min­utes, the au­dit of the au­di­tor’s ride was done. The of­fi­cials would rec­og­nize Wil­son’s new world record.

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