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Cycling Canada – Aguascalientes, MEX, Oct. 6, 2016 – Canada has had a strong start to the 2016 Pan Am Track Championships, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, winning three medals on Wednesday, the opening day of competition, and setting a new Canadian record.  The Pan Am Championships are the continental championships, and provide valuable points for obtaining starting positions at the world championships.

In the Women’s Individual Pursuit, two-time Olympic bronze medalist Jasmin Glaesser (Coquitlam, BC) finished third, with a time of three minutes and 30.942 seconds.  Kelly Catlin of the United States won the gold medal, 6.925 seconds ahead of Glaesser.  Ariane Bonhomme (Gatineau, QC) was seventh.

Canada sent a development squad for the Men’s sprint events, and they began the Championships with a third place finish in the Team Sprint, with a time of 44.299 seconds.  The Canadian team consisted of Junior world champion Stefan Ritter (Edmonton, AB), Joel Archambault (Sainte-Christine, QC) and Patrice Pivin (Windsor, QC).  Colombia won with a time of 42.772 seconds.

Canada’s third medal of the day went to the Men’s Team Pursuit squad, consisting of Aidan Caves (Vancouver, BC), Adam Jamieson (Barrie, ON), Jay Lamoureux (Victoria, BC) and Ed Veal (Queensville, ON).  The team rode the 4000 metre final against Colombia, and finished with a time of three minutes and 59.931 seconds, a new Canadian record.  Colombia’s time of 3:55.362 was a Pan Am Championship record.

“It feels good to finally get [the time] we’ve been trying to get all year, which is a sub-4 minute ride,” said Caves.  “Now that we have broken that barrier, we’ll have to see how far we can go.  Our next step will be to repeat it.”

“We broke the record in qualifying,” said Veal, “so we knew we could do it again.  Everything was going perfectly and all signs said that we could do it.  We knew it would be very difficult to beat the Colombians, so our major goal was to break four minutes.  We had a real committed group, which made it happen.”

In other competitions, Evan Burtnik (Edmonton, AB) finished fifth in the Men’s Scratch Race.

The Pan Am Championships continue through Sunday.
 
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort –
along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
 
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Source: Cycling Canada 
Information:
Karine Bedard l Cycling Canada l 438-884-8771 l karine.bedard@cyclingcanada.ca