Youth Team breaks 5 Canadian Records

TripleShot Youth Team sets 5 CDN records at 2016 National Track Championships

The Tripleshot Cycling Club Youth Team brought home five Canadian Records and a case of hardware from the 2016 Canadian Junior Track Championships held April 1-3, 2016 at  the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario.

U17 Men Sprint Final. Canadian Track Championships (U17/Junior), April 1, 2016

Riley edging out the competition

Riley Pickrell (Claremont High School) claimed two Canadian records (4 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) dominating the U17 races with teammate Sarah Van Dam (Oak Bay High School) (5 gold). Erin Attwell (Maria Montessori School/Canadian Sport School Victoria), who also trains with Cycling Canada’s NextGen program, set three Canadian records (2 gold, 3 silver) and raced to a qualifying spot for the 2016 World Junior Track Cycling Championships (Aigle, SUI, July 20-24). Adam Attwell (Maria Montessori School) held his own in a competitive field after transferring to cycling just three months ago from a successful high school rowing season, racing the individual races in his first year as a U19 rider.

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Coach Lister gives thumbs up to Riley Pickrell’s Canadian Record

“This is the second national track championships in five months, due to Cycling Canada moving the national championships to the spring, and these four riders are to be commended for their maturity in racing and commitment to training,” said Lister Farrar, Head Coach of the Tripleshot Youth program. “Along with Kurt Innes (coach of the FastTrack youth cycling program at the Westshore Velodrome) and Jeff Ain (NextGen program coach) I am incredibly proud of this team that worked together to help their teammates achieve their goals.”

Here is a breakdown of how each fared in each race:

Team Sprint: U19 women’s BC composite squad Tripleshot/TaG (Erin Atwell/Maggie Coles-Lyster) broke the existing record in their qualifying ride, and then broke it again to win the final with a time of 36.339 seconds. U17 women’s composite team of Tripleshot/Quebec (Sarah Van Dam/Simone Boilard) came back from a crash to win gold for the women and the B.C. composite squad Tripleshot/TaG/Cannondale (Riley Pickrell/Tyler Davies/Ethan Ogrodniczuk/Riley) came from behind to win the men’s title in the final half lap.

Individual Pursuit: In this critical event for U19 riders to determine selection for the 2016 world championship team, Erin Atwell set a Canadian record in the qualifying round (2.27.02), and then took second to Coles-Lyster with a 2.29.78. Both riders beat the world championships qualifying time of 2:32.720, a phenomenal effort for both these first-year U19 riders. U17 titles were taken by Pickrell (2:21.056), who claimed the Canadian record, and Van Dam (2:35.810).

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Erin battling Maggie Coles-Lyster

Points: U19 Erin took second. Adam Attwell placed 12 th , after a crash hampered his chances; U17 Pickrell took second and Van Dam 4 th.

Sprint: U19 Erin took second in a strong field where the top 4 beat the Canadian record in qualifying. Adam 5 th , winning the 5-8th place race; U17 both Pickrell and Van Dam won gold in two straight rides over their opponents.

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Sarah staying ahead of the competition

Time Trial: (500 metres for all categories except U19 men where they race 1000m) U19 Erin Attwell took her first individual title beating rival Coles-Lyster with a Canadian record time of 37.034 seconds, Adam placed 12 th ; U17 Pickrell took the win setting a new Canadian record (33.694) and Van Dam claimed the women’s title (38.232).

Scratch: U19 Erin Attwell took 12th while her brother Adam placed 11 th ; U17 Van Dam took gold and Pickrell placed 3 rd in the men.

Elimination: U19 Erin placed 6 th and Adam 11 th ; U17 Van Dam finished 6 th and a crash in front of Pickrell at the start took him out of the event.

Keirin: (held only for the U19 women a nd m en) Erin placed 7 th and Adam did not qualify for the final. 

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                                  Information on the FastTrack Youth Cycling programhere; complete results from the 2016 National Track Cycling Championships here 

5th Annual Tripleshot Women’s Cycling Clinic

The Tripleshot Women’s Group Cycling Skills Clinic  2016 is open for registration! We’re excited to be offering two levels concurrently, with 8 sessions each on Monday nights running April 18 through June 13 (no session May 23), 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Several extra information sessions will also be organized according to participant interests (i.e. nutrition, training, maintenance, dry land workouts, chocolate). A joint wrap up event hosted by Broad Street Cycles on June 13 will bring both clinics together for one last night of wheeling and fun!

Please see the registration link below for more details or email us at and if you have more questions. This program has been a hit in the past (it fills up) and many participants have enrolled more than once. Come meet like-minded women and learn to ride smarter, stronger and faster!

Early Bird rate of $125; $150 after April 4.!/events/2016-womens-group-road-riding-skills-cycling-clinics

After we get our lists of participants going, closer to the start up we send out informational emails to introduce the coaches, meeting location, what to bring and what to expect. 

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


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