Posted by Editoress on 08/26/09
The Master B Men were the exciting group on the track today at the 2009 Canadian Track National Championships. After the first two events, the individual pursuit and scratch race, Rob Mulder and John Perkins were tied going in to the final event, the points race. At one point the two riders almost lapped the rest of the field, but Mulder was conserving energy by refusing to take the lead and the two men lost their advantage on the pack as they played cat and mouse. Heading in to the final sprint they were tied on points, so whoever crossed the finish line first would win. The racers flew around the last 2 laps of the race and with all cylinders firing Mulder crossed the finish line first, with Perkins following by a tire width to finish second. Kevin Rokosh completed the podium to finish third.
Andy George, who's coming off a successful week of racing at the World Police and Fireman Games, won all three of the Master C Men events to take home the gold medal and championship jersey in the omnium. In the Master A race, yesterday's sprint omnium champion Bruce Denis won today's endurance omnium.
The U17 Women lit up the track again with some impressive riding, especially during the points race. Audrey Bernard and Audrey Labrie were close in overall points from yesterday's sprint events, the morning pursuit, and scratch race. The race, which averaged around 36km/hr, was full of attacks and individual tactics. In the end, it was Bernard who took home the gold, Labrie the silver, and Laurence Paquette the bronze.
The largest pack of the day was the U17 men and again, the top of the leader board was close going in to the final points race. The race was high paced and aggressive, with Justin Zottl winning gold, Marc-Antoine Noel the silver, and Alexandre Pinard the bronze.
The Junior and Elite Championships are scheduled to start on Thursday, August 27th.
Masters Endurance Omnium
1. Andy George, Pucci
2. Stuart Lynne, Escape Velocity
3. Lorne Falkenstein, Kamikaze FCV
1. Rob Mulder, Steed Cycles
2. John Perkins, Glotman Simpson
3. Kevin Rokosh, ERTC
1. Bruce Denis
2. Julian Base, Westwood Cycles
3. James Purdy, Bicisport
U-17 5 event Omnium
1. Justin Zottl, Ontario
2. Marc-Antoine Noel, Quebec
3. Alexandre Pinard, Quebec
1. Audrey Bernard, Quebec
2. Audrey Labrie, Quebec
3. Laurence Paquette, Quebec
U-17 Motor Pace Challenge winner and U-17 Elimination to Scratch race winner, Alexandre Pinard
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