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Cycling Canada – Canada’s cyclists ready to improve their Olympic rankings
(Hong Kong, CHN – January 14, 2016) As Olympic track cycling qualification enters its final phase, 14 Canadian athletes have made the long trip to Hong Kong for the final World Cup of the 2015-2016 season.
Olympic qualification is based on points earned at continental championships, world cups and world championships over the last two seasons, and Canada is getting a better picture of its chances of getting a spot in Rio in each of the track events.
The women’s Team Pursuit squad is sitting in the strongest position. The Canadian women are leading the World Cup standings going into this event, and taking a second World Cup title (they also won in 2014) would be a big confidence boost going into the world championships in London, GBR, at the beginning of March.
In the women’s Omnium, Canada is also likely to qualify despite missing the entire 2014-15 World Cup season after the retirement of Gillian Carleton. Allison Beveridge won the second round of the World Cup in New Zealand in December, and will represent Canada again in Hong Kong.
Also looking good is the women’s Team Sprint team of Monique Sullivan and Kate O’Brien. The pair have been steadily advancing up the rankings and a strong performance in Hong Kong would put them in the frame for an Olympic spot, earning Canada two individual start positions in both the Keirin and the Sprint at the same time.
On the men’s side, despite a strong performance in New Zealand it was mathematically impossible for the Team Sprint program to qualify for Rio, so the decision was made to not bring the whole team to Hong Kong and allow Hugo Barrette to focus on qualifying as an individual in the Keirin and Sprint events.
The men’s Team Pursuit program has also been making big strides. While Olympic qualification this year is very unlikely, this program is focused on the 2020 Games in Tokyo and the team’s performances over the last season are on the right track for a possible podium spot in four years’ time. A good performance in Hong Kong would be another block in the foundation of our future Olympic medal chances.
Finally, Rémi Pelletier-Roy has a strong shot at an Olympic berth in the men’s Omnium, despite missing the opening round due to a broken collarbone, and racing in the New Zealand event with fitness that was compromised as a result. A good finish in Hong Kong will get Rémi into the World Championships, the final points-scoring opportunity for Olympic qualification.
The Hong Kong event also marks the début for two new members of the Canadian World Cup team.
Two-time winter Olympian Georgia Simmerling has made the transition from Ski-Cross to cycling and quickly worked her way into the women’s Team Pursuit lineup.
And Jay Lamoureux joins the men’s Team Pursuit program for the first time. Jay came to the national coach’s attention at the Canadian Track Championships at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre last October, and has since shown his ability at training camps with the team.
“This final leg of the World Cup season is an opportunity for some of our athletes and teams to solidify chances for Olympic berth, and for others it is an occasion to gain valuable experience as sights are turned to the next quadrennial,” said Cycling Canada High Performance Director Jacques Landry. “As this is a last world cup of the season we’ve taken this opportunity to slot in some new faces in events where we have started building depth. I am very enthused to see how much we’ve grown over the years and the team representing Canada in Hong Kong is a testament to that.”
Racing in Hong Kong runs from Friday, Jan. 15, to Sunday, Jan. 17.
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Remi PELLETIER-ROY (Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC) (Men’s Team Pursuit, Omnium)
Jay LAMOUREUX (Victoria, BC) (Men’s Team Pursuit)
Aidan CAVES (Vancouver, BC) (Men’s Team Pursuit, Scratch Race)
Sean MACKINNON (Hamilton, ON) (Men’s Team Pursuit, Points Race)
Adam JAMIESON (Barrie, ON) (Men’s Team Pursuit)
Hugo BARRETTE (Cap-aux-Meules, QC) (Keirin, Sprint)
Monique SULLIVAN (Calgary, AB) (Women’s Team Sprint, Keirin, Sprint)
Kate O’BRIEN (Calgary, AB) (Women’s Team Sprint, Sprint)
Allison BEVERIDGE (Calgary, AB) (Women’s Team Pursuit, Omnium)
Stephanie ROORDA (Vancouver, BC) (Women’s Team Pursuit)
Jasmin GLAESSER (Coquitlam, BC) (Women’s Team Pursuit, Points Race)
Georgia SIMMERLING (Vancouver, BC) (Women’s Team Pursuit)
Laura BROWN (Vancouver, BC) (Women’s Team Pursuit)
Annie FOREMAN-MACKEY (Kingston, ON) (Women’s Team Pursuit)
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