Cana­dian Track Na­tion­als Clean Sweep for Derek Gee

Emerg­ing New Tal­ent Chal­lenges Top Per­form­ers

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Chris Reid

he 2017 Cana­dian Track Cham­pi­onships were held Sept. 28Oct. 1 at the in­door 250-me­tre Mat­tamy Na­tional Cy­cling Cen­tre Velo­drome for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year, and the mo­men­tum around the fa­cil­ity con­tin­ues to grow. This year’s Cham­pi­onships were marked by the emer­gence of young tal­ent vy­ing to usurp some of Canada’s top in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers in nearly ev­ery dis­ci­pline and saw some ex­cit­ing new faces win their first Na­tional ti­tles.

MEN

Sec­ond-year se­nior Derek Gee (Team RaceClean) from Ot­tawa, Ont. was the rev­e­la­tion of the Cham­pi­onships, win­ning a clean sweep of four ti­tles: Om­nium, Madi­son, In­di­vid­ual and Team Pur­suit.

Gee was joined on the Om­nium podium by Na­tional team stal­wart Ed Veal (Real Deal Rac­ing) and Emile De Ros­nay, a veteran of the West Coast track-cy­cling scene who had last medalled at the Cana­dian Cham­pi­onships in 2008. The Cham­pi­onships marked the first time that the Om­nium was held un­der its new for­mat, hav­ing seen a sig­nif­i­cant change to its pro­gram last sea­son when all of the timed events were re­moved and the Tempo added to the sched­ule.

In the in­di­vid­ual Pur­suit, Gee faced off against the ver­sa­tile Ryan Roth (Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling) in the gold-medal fi­nal, while Adam Roberge (QC) won over Evan Burt­nik (Team RaceClean) in the bronze-medal fi­nal.

Hugo Bar­rette con­firmed that he is the cur­rent king of sprint­ing in Canada, as he also swept the sprint events, lead­ing a dom­i­nant Que­bec team, which not only won the Team sprint, but also swept a crash-marred Keirin fi­nal. Bar­rette won the Match sprint com­pe­ti­tion over Joel Ar­cham­bault, while On­tario’s Je’Land Syd­ney (FCV) took the bronze medal over Pa­trice St-Louis Pivin (QC). Syd­ney rep­re­sented Canada ear­lier this sea­son at the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships in Italy.

Adam At­twell (BC) took the Na­tional Kilo ti­tle ahead of Veal and Adam Reddy (BC). In the men’s Madi­son, Gee would part­ner with RaceClean team­mate Burt­nik to take the gold ahead of the el­der states­men team of Veal and De Ros­nay, with Team Que­bec (Lachance/Kirouac Mar­cassa) fin­ish­ing third.

WOMEN

The women’s Team Pur­suit high­lighted some of the depth that has de­vel­oped in Canada over the past two Olympic cy­cles. In a tightly con­tested gold-medal fi­nal, the core Na­tional World Cup team of Al­li­son Bev­eridge, Laura Brown, An­nie-Fore­man Mackey and Jas­mine Duehring joined forces with Rally Pro rider Kather­ine Maine to nar­rowly edge out a hard-charg­ing Cy­clery-4iiii’s team by just two sec­onds. The Cy­clery-4iiii team was com­posed of Next Gen-pro­gram rid­ers Kin­ley Gib­son, Ari­ane Bon­homme, Sara Giovenetti and Lau­rie Jus­saume.

The Om­nium was poised to see a bat­tle be­tween rid­ers from these top women’s squads, and the Cy­clery-4iiii team put the rest of the field on their back foot with a 1-2 fin­ish in the Scratch race, courtesy of Gib­son and Bon­homme. Veteran Bev­eridge (Rally Pro Cy­cling) from Al­berta demon­strated her fan­tas­tic bike skills in the Elim­i­na­tion race with a win over Bon­homme. Not to be for­got­ten, B.C.’s Duehring (TWENTY20 Pro Cy­cling) laid down an im­pres­sive solo ef­fort to dom­i­nate the Tempo event.

Go­ing into the fi­nal Points race, Duehring and Bon­homme were tied for first place. Dis­as­ter struck on the very first sprint for points when both rid­ers where taken down in a mas­sive crash. While Duehring was even­tu­ally able to re-join the race, she lost two laps in the process (rid­ers are al­lot­ted five laps to ser­vice me­chan­i­cals af­ter a crash), and Bon­homme faired worse, crack­ing her bike in three pieces and suf­fer­ing a mild con­cus­sion.

In the end, Bev­eridge was able to use her sprint­ing prow­ess to over­come a sig­nif­i­cant points deficit and grab the gold over Gib­son, while On­tario’s Fore­man-Mackey (TWENTY20 Pro Cy­cling) won the bronze.

Gib­son de­fended her In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit crown, claim­ing her third se­nior ti­tle in the process. She faced off against a stun­ning Jus­saume (QC) in the gold-medal fi­nal. Jus­saume, who fin­ished an im­pres­sive sixth at this year’s Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships, put in a shock­ing per­for­mance to win the sil­ver. Fore­man-Mackey took home the bronze ahead of Marie Soleil-Blais (QC).

The sprint events saw a power vac­uum this year with the re­tire­ment of two-time Olympian Monique Sul­li­van and the tragic in­jury of Kate O’Brien. With Amelia Walsh out of the Cham­pi­onships suf­fer­ing a mi­nor in­jury, there was new crop of Na­tional cham­pi­ons. Un­her­alded Équipe Québec rider Lau­ri­ane Gen­est rode a stun­ning 500-me­tre time of 35.33 to take the ti­tle over B.C.’s Te­gan Cochrane, with Bev­eridge in third.

Cochrane got vengeance in the Match sprints, tak­ing the fi­nal two straight over Gen­est, while Lizanne Wil­mott (NCCH) claimed the bronze. Cochrane made it 2-1 with a win in the Keirin over Gen­est. On­tario ju­nior Na­tional team rider Char­lotte Creswick crossed the line third, but was rel­e­gated, award­ing Jenna Nest­man (BC) the bronze medal.

The fi­nal women’s event of the Cham­pi­onships was the in­au­gu­ral women’s Madi­son, which was won by Team RaceClean (Duehring/ Bev­eridge) ahead of the TWENTY20 (Fore­man-Mackey/Brown) and Cy­clery-4iiii (Gib­son/Jus­saume).

MAS­TERS

The Mas­ter’s Cham­pi­onships were held in con­junc­tion with the Elite event and saw large fields – es­pe­cially in the track-ca­pac­ity-sized Mas­ter D men. No­table high­lights were On­tario’s Candice Moote’s dom­i­na­tion of the women’s events and Al­berta’s Cameron Ma­cleod win­ning the Mas­ter A men’s kilo with a 1:06.4 – a time that would have seen him win the Elite ti­tle out­right, not just the Mas­ters event. Many rid­ers in the Mas­ters field were us­ing the event as a tune-up for the up­com­ing Mas­ters World Cham­pi­onships to be held in Los An­ge­les, Calif.

Derek Gee was the rev­e­la­tion of the Cham­pi­onships, win­ning a clean sweep of four ti­tles.

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