Friday, Feb 2, 2018
Born to Ride
Cyclists head to Gold Coast for Commonwealth Games
By Jerrick Borroso, Cycling BC/Photo submitted
Stephanie Roorda from Vancouver will be participating in the Team Pursuit, Individual Time Trial, Road Race.
our BC Athletes will be part of an 18 athlete contingent representing Canada in Track, Mountain Bike and Road cycling events at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 5-14, 2018.
The cycling competitions will begin with the Track events, where a total of 20 gold medals will be awarded. The Team Pursuit and Team Sprint are new additions to the Games program for women and for the first time in Games history there will be the same number of cycling medal events for men as for women.
Canada is particularly strong in the women’s Team Pursuit, winning bronze medals at the past two Olympic Games, as well as a gold medal in World Cup competition this season. The team will be anchored by Calgary’s Allison Beveridge, a member of the World Cup winning squad, as well as the reigning national road champion. The men’s program, while much newer, finished second to the world champion New Zealand squad in World Cup competition this season.
Canada has also been a dominant force in Mountain Biking at the Commonwealth Games since it was introduced at Manchester in 2002; having won every gold medal in the women’s competition and a total of 8 of 18 medals awarded.
The Road events will close out the cycling competition, with the track endurance athletes filling the roster for the women’s and men’s road races and time trials.
“Whether it’s on the road, on the velodrome track, or down the mountain, the fast-paced sport of cycling is always captivating,” said Chef de Mission Claire Carver-Dias. “With three medals four years ago, and a returning medalist in Emily Batty on the team, our 18 Canadian athletes are bound to contend for top spots at the Commonwealth Games once again in Gold Coast.”
Allison Beveridge – Calgary,
Alberta [Team Pursuit, Road Race]
Michael Foley – Milton, Ontario [Team Pursuit, Road Race]
Derek Gee – Ottawa, Ontario [Team Pursuit, Individual Time Trial, Road Race]
Adam Jamieson – Barrie, Ontario [Team Pursuit, Individual Time Trial, Road Race]
Jay Lamoureux – Victoria, BC [Team Pursuit, Individual Time Trial, Road Race]
Alternate: Bayley Simpson – Lindsay, Ontario
Tegan Cochrane – Kelowna, BC
Amelia Walsh – Ayr, Ontario
Alternate: Lauriane Genest – Levis, Quebec
Women’s Mountain Bike
Men’s Mountain Bike
ABOUT COMMONWEALTH GAMES
ABOUT CYCLING CANADA
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.