Men’s pur­suit cy­cling team heads to key World Cup in New Zealand

Times Colonist - - Sports - CLEVE DHEENSAW

The Cana­dian men’s pur­suit cy­cling team, with Jay Lamoureux of Vic­to­ria, is ex­pected to con­tend at the 2020 Tokyo Sum­mer Olympics.

The next step in the process takes Lamoureux, Ai­dan Caves of Van­cou­ver, Derek Gee and Vin­cent De Haitre of Ot­tawa and Adam Jamieson of Bar­rie, Ont., to World Cup No. 5 be­gin­ning Fri­day in Cam­bridge, New Zealand.

“As one of the last two World Cups of the sea­son, the Cam­bridge event forms a crit­i­cal part of world cham­pi­onship and Olympic qual­i­fy­ing,” said Cana­dian men’s track en­durance coach Jono Hail­stone, in a state­ment.

“Cy­cling Canada is send­ing a strong con­tin­gent, and will be look­ing to take ad­van­tage of a slightly weaker field out­side of Europe to put some top re­sults on the board. Trav­el­ling to the south­ern hemi­sphere also pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to log some train­ing hours in a warm en­vi­ron­ment, which will greatly as­sist our prepa­ra­tion for the world cham­pi­onships at the end of Fe­bru­ary.”

Lamoureux and his Cana­dian mates first came to no­tice by win­ning the bronze medal at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia, last April and have chal­lenged in World Cup races since then.

The 23-year-old Lamoureux, who also played in the school jazz band, turned to cy­cling on the 1994 Com­mon­wealth Games Velo­drome af­ter running mid­dle-dis­tance track and cross-coun­try at Oak Bay High.

He is the lat­est in­ter­na­tional track cy­clist to come out of what is now known as the West­shore Velo­drome, lo­cated be­hind the Q Cen­tre, and which was saved only af­ter a sus­tained ef­fort by the local cy­cling com­mu­nity.

Oth­ers to have come out of the Col­wood fa­cil­ity in­clude 2012 Lon­don Olympic bronze-medal­list Gil­lian Car­leton of Vic­to­ria and 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games gold-medal­list Evan Carey of Oak Bay.

SWIM­MING: The race to Tokyo 2020 has also be­gun in the pool. Faith Knel­son of Lady­smith, who trains with the High Per­for­mance Cen­treVic­to­ria at Saaanich Com­mon­wealth Place, won sil­ver Satur­day in the women’s 50-me­tre breast­stroke at the Pro Swim Se­ries meet in Knoxville, Ten­nessee. That goes with the bronze medals in the men’s 400- and 800-me­tre freestyles won by Vic­to­ria team­mate and SMUS-grad Jeremy Bagshaw, out of the NCAA Pac-12 Cal-Berke­ley Bears. Danielle Hanus of HPC-Vic­to­ria was fourth in the women’s 200-me­tre IM.

Canada won 12 medals with the Cana­dian high­light of the meet be­ing 2016 Rio Olympics mul­ti­medal­list Penny Olek­siak’s gold in the women’s 50-me­tre but­ter­fly.

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