Titles and Podiums for Juniors at Track Nationals

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Riley Pickrell is congratulated by his peers from across Canada.

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Sarah Van Dam and Erin Attwell celebrate Gold!

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Coach Lister Farrar, Adam Attwell, Riley Pickrell, Angus Brown and Coach Kurt Innes post medal cerremony.

Tripleshot Cycling Club youth racing team recently won two National Track Cycling Championship titles and several podium performances for its best showing ever.

 Riley Pickrell dominated the U17 field, despite riding up a category due to his young age of 14. Pickrell, who started out the championships winning silver in the Team Sprint with teammates Adam Attwell and Angus Brown, won five of his six races (Scratch, Individual Pursuit, Elimination, Time Trial, Flying Lap) to take the National Omninum title. He also won the National Sprint title. Brown and Attwell, both first year track cyclists, finished in 16 and 17th place overall in the Omnium competition.

Erin Attwell started her championships winning gold in the Team Sprint with teammate Sarah Van Dam; the two then paired with BC teammates Maggie Coles-Lyster (Local Ride) and Margaret Ovenden (Escape Velocity-Devo) to take silver in the Team Pursuit. Attwell won bronze in the Omnium, winning the Time Trial event and finishing second in the Individual Pursuit. She also won silver in the National Sprint event. Van Dam, also riding up a category due to her young age of 14, finished 6th overall in the Omnium, winning third in the Time Trial and fourth in the Points Race.

“We had five riders competing, all but one of them in their first national championships, and their level of maturity and commitment was commendable,” said Lister Farrar, head coach of the program. “Both myself and Kurt Innes, coach of the youth FastTrack program at the Westshore Velodrome, are incredibly proud of this team that worked together to help their teammates achieve their goals.”

The championships (Oct 7-11, 2015) were held at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, ON, site of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan Games and attracted 42 youth riders from across Canada. Complete race results are available at http://www.cyclingcanada.ca/sport/para-cycling/events/type-of-event/canadian-championships/2015-canadian-track-championships-junior-elite-master-para/#results.


2015 Jr. National Championships

Global Relay National Road Championships – July 3-5, 2015

Erin Attwell, who finished her first Global Relay National Champs with a 3rd TT, 4th Crit and 4th RR, was congratulated by many at the championships in Thedford Mines, QC for riding aggressively and well. Here’s how her weekend went:

Time Trial 14.2 km – Erin finished in #3 spot at 24:18, after Gillian Ellsay (BC) 23:27 and Emiliah Harvie (AB) 24:11 despite a challenge with gears. A great start!

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3rd in ITT with winner Gillian Ellsay (BC)

Road Race – 80 km – Erin attacked on the technical descent about 2-3 km out, missing a crash that took out several contenders; Gillian Ellsay (BC) and Emiliah Harvie (AB) and one Quebec rider caught her about 700m out; Gillian tried to lead Erin out but Emiliah (who went to Jr worlds in 2014) had the front and held them off. According to coach Lister Farrar, Erin was happy with being aggressive and her late attack. She place 4th in 2:20:24 after Havie (2:20:22), Ellsay (2:20:22) and Laurie Jussaume (QC) at 2:20:23.

Criterium – 25.4 km – According to her Dad, TS rider Dave Attwell, “Erin worked hard upfront, pulling in some breaks and mashing it but there was a lot of marking and watching the other riders, so they were fresh. Erin led with two laps to go and was pushing the pace. Erin led that lap – she didn’t want to and tried to get the others to pull through, lots of head turning and watching – with 400m to go the 3 riders who were tucked in behind Erin burst for the sprint and passed Erin. She gave chase and the four crossed the line close together – Emelian Havie (AB) took the win in 0:42:27, Maggie Coles-Lyster (BC) 2nd in 0:42:27, Katherine Maine (ON) was third in 0:42:27 and Erin placed 4th in 0:42:28.

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Tucking in Thedford Mines, QC

All in all, the 2015 Nationals were a success with 3rd in the TT, 4th in the RR and 4th in the Crit….and she can ride at Nationals for two more years.

Youth Team Development

Tripleshot Youth Team Benefits from 

Bridge the Gap National Youth Cycling Club Development Initiative

VANCOUVER, BC (Feb 27, 2015) - Since its launch in 2013, Global Relay’s Bridge the Gap Fund has played an integral role in the development Canadian road cyclists by assisting over a dozen riders in obtaining professional trade team contracts. However, in their ongoing search for up and coming talent, the board members of the fund determined that while Canada produces some exceptional young riders, there is no systematic development pathway of getting large numbers of kids involved in the sport of cycling. In response, the Fund has launched the National Youth Cycling Club Development Initiative, a pilot program to seed and develop youth cycling clubs in Canada. Continue reading