Posted by Editoress on 01/16/13
Canada’s top track cyclists are back in competition mode after a well-deserved break following a lengthy Olympic cycle that resulted in an Olympic medal in London.
Four women and four men will represent Canada, in various events. The 2012 Olympic bronze medallists Jasmin Glaesser and Gillian Carleton will suit up together at an international event for the first time since winning their Olympic medal in London.
Laura Brown and Stephanie Roorda, both of Vancouver, BC, will complete the women’s team in Mexico, while Stéphane Cossette of Chicoutimi, QC, Hugo Barrette of Cap-aux-Meules, QC, Rémi Pelletier-Roy of Québec and 2012 Olympian Joseph Veloce of Fonthill, Ontario, will race in the men’s events.
The team will be surrounded by coaches and support staff, under the leadership of Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director Jacques Landry.
“This World Cup is the first we’ve focussed on this season. As we use this event to focus on preparations for the upcoming UCI World Championships in Belarus, we are also putting [in place] the building blocks that will lead to success in Rio [2016 Olympic Games] for our track program.”
Added Landry: “Although this track season is a toned down version of the seasons we’ve had over the last two years, development is our focus and so many initiatives have been put in place and will continue to be implemented to build on our past success.”
Tanya Dubnicoff, the Women’s Team Pursuit coach, added: “It’s the first time in Mexico for the team since the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, where we’ve won the gold medal. The women’s endurance team is coming off a good training camp in Los Angeles. They’re looking forward to their first test of the year in preparation for the World Championships.”
The team held training camps in the December and January to prepare for this new Olympic cycle on the road to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Canada did not send a full team to the previous UCI World Cup of the 2013 season, although Scott Mulder competed in the Sprint and Keirin events at the last World Cup that was held in Glasgow, Great Britain.
A total of 43 Nations and professional track cycling teams are confirmed for this World Cup event.
The events start on Thursday, January 17th and ends on Saturday, January 19th. The track in Aguascalientes, Mexico, is an indoor wooden track made of Kerto laminate from Finland.
Jasmin Glaesser (Coquitlam, BC) [Team Pursuit, Points]
Laura Brown (Vancouver, BC) [Individual Pursuit]
Gillian Carleton (Victoria, BC) [Omnium, Team Pursuit]
Stephanie Roorda (Vancouver, BC) [Team Pursuit]
Hugo Barrette (Cap-Aux-Meules, QC) [Team Sprint, Sprint, Keirin]
Joseph Veloce (Fonthill, ON) [Team Sprint, Sprint]
Stéphane Cossette (Chicoutimi, QC) [Team Sprint]
Remi Pelletier-Roy (Québec, QC) [Omnium]
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