Track World Championships 2017
Top 10 Results for Canada
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.