Track World Cham­pi­onships 2017

Top 10 Re­sults for Canada

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Gae­len Mer­ritt

Thir­teen Cana­dian ath­letes com­peted at the 2017 UCI World Track Cy­cling Cham­pi­onships, which were held from April 12-16 at the Hong Kong Velo­drome. This was the first Track Cham­pi­onships held in Asia since 1990.

The open­ing day of com­pe­ti­tion saw the Cana­dian women’s Team Pur­suit squad of Jas­min Duehring, Steph Ro­orda, Laura Brown and An­nie Fore­man-Mackey place third in the qual­i­fy­ing round with a time of 4:19.

Team Canada’s Amelia Walsh and Kate O’Brien also com­peted in the women’s Team sprint, plac­ing sev­enth in the qual­i­fy­ing round. The Cana­dian duo faced off against Aus­tralia in first round, los­ing by 0.993 of a sec­ond and miss­ing the medal round by one spot to fin­ish fifth. Rus­sia took the gold over the Aussies in the fi­nal, with Ger­many best­ing China for the bronze.

In the women’s Scratch race, Duehring was able to in­fil­trate a six-rider group that lapped the field, and ended up fin­ish­ing sixth in the fi­nal sprint.

The men’s Team Pur­suit squad, con­sist­ing of Adam Jamieson, Jay Lamoureux, Bay­ley Simp­son and Ai­den Caves, were the un­for­tu­nate vic­tims of a nasty crash that oc­curred while be­ing over­taken by the New Zealand team in the qual­i­fy­ing round. Simp­son, the lead rider for Canada at the time, clipped the wheel of the fi­nal Kiwi rider while be­ing over­taken, which sub­se­quently took down the en­tire Cana­dian squad at 60 km/h. Caves sus­tained the worst of the in­juries, suf­fer­ing a bro­ken col­lar­bone. The track it­self had to be re­paired fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, and, suf­fice to say, this ended the Cana­dian men’s Team Pur­suit am­bi­tions for the 2017 Cham­pi­onships.

On Day Two, the Cana­dian women’s Team Pur­suit squad faced tough draws in the ear­lier rounds, and while their re­sults do not re­flect their per­for­mances, they were de­feated by Aus­tralia in the third heat. In the fi­nal, USA won the gold over the Aussies, with New Zealand tak­ing the bronze.

O’Brien qual­i­fied 14th in the women’s sprint and went on to de­feat Lithua­nia’s Migle Marozaite in the 1/16 round, but was elim­i­nated in the 1/8 round by Kristina Vogel of Ger­many, who nabbed the gold.

Day Three fea­tured the first of three Om­nium events, with Ro­orda man­ag­ing a stel­lar third place in the women’s Tempo race, 20th in the Elim­i­na­tion race and 15th in the Scratch race.

Also on third day of com­pe­ti­tion, Jamieson com­peted in the men’s Points race, but failed to fin­ish. Where the top four ad­vance to the fi­nal, Lamoureux placed 19th in the men’s In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit qual­i­fier with a time of 4:25. In the men’s sprint qual­i­fi­ca­tions, Hugo Bar­rette placed 10th and ad­vanced to the 1/16 round, dis­patch­ing Mohd Az­izul­hasni Awang of Malaysia, but was de­feated in the 1/8 round by Ryan Owens of Great Bri­tain.

The next day saw the women’s In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit where Canada fielded two ath­letes, with Kirsti Lay plac­ing a very re­spectable sev­enth with a time of 3:32 and 2016 medal­list Fore­man-Mackey fin­ish­ing 10th in 3:35.

On the fi­nal day, Duehring fin­ished sixth in the women’s Points race af­ter briefly lead­ing ear­lier in the event. She scored points in the first 40 laps of the race that put her in the lead, how­ever, she missed the move that saw the even­tual top-two fin­ish­ers – Eli­nor Barker of Great Bri­tain and Sarah Ham­mer of the U.S. – take a lap on the field. Duehring con­tin­ued to ride ag­gres­sively, but fell to sixth in the fi­nal stand­ings af­ter 100 laps of rac­ing.

“I came here to win, I’m not go­ing to pre­tend other­wise,” said Duehring. “I think I was lead­ing the race at one point, but it was a re­ally hard race, and I think I just blew up a lit­tle bit. I missed the group of two rid­ers that took a lap on the field, and that was the race right there. I’m def­i­nitely dis­ap­pointed, but I’m try­ing to keep per­spec­tive.”

Ste­fan Ritter placed 13th in the men’s Kilo qual­i­fier with a time of 1.28 sec­onds be­hind win­ner François Pervis of France. Rac­ing at his first World Cham­pi­onships af­ter mov­ing up from the ju­nior ranks, he set a per­sonal-best sea-level time with his ride.

“To be able to fin­ish 13th in the Kilo at my first Elite World Cham­pi­onships is in­cred­i­ble. I’m very happy with that re­sult. The ride it­self went ac­cord­ing to plan, and go­ing into the last lap, I was ranked fifth, but just didn’t have the legs to main­tain that po­si­tion. Look­ing ahead to next sea­son now,” said Ritter.

While Canada came short of win­ning a medal at the 2017 edi­tion of the World Track Cham­pi­onships, the team learned a great deal and rep­re­sented us well.

Team Canada’s Amelia Walsh and Kate O’Brien en route to a strong 5th in the women’s Team sprint.

The Cana­dian men’s Team Pur­suit squad of Bay­ley Simp­son, Ai­den Caves, Jay Lamoureux and Adam Jamieson had an un­for­tu­nate crash while be­ing over­taken by New Zealand in the qual­i­fier.

Ste­fan Ritter set a per­sonal-best sea-level time in the men’s Kilo.

Kirsti Lay was 7th in the women’s In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit.

Jas­min Duehring was sixth in the women’s Scratch and Points races.

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