Canadian cyclists came away with three silver medals at a track cycling World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand this past weekend. Team Canada won silver in the men’s and women’s team pursuit and Allison Beveridge of Calgary, Alberta won the silver medal in the women’s Omnium.
In the men’s team pursuit, the Canadian team of Aidan Caves of Vancouver, British Columbia, Derek Gee of Ottawa, Ontario, Adam Jamieson of Barrie, Ontario and Jay Lamoureux of Victoria, British Columbia had a silver medal winning time in the finals of 3:53.156. The New Zealand team of Regan Gough, Campbell Stewart, Jordan Kerby and Nicholas Kergozou won the gold medal with a finals time of 3:50.159. Switzerland’s Claudio Imhoff, Stefan Bissegger, Frank Pasche and Cyrille Thiery won the bronze medal with a time of 3:55.204. Canada moves into seventh place in the World Cup men’s team pursuit standings with 2400 points. Denmark leads with 3600 points.
In the women’s team pursuit, the Canadian team of Beveridge, Ariane Bonhomme of Gatineau, Quebec, Annie Foreman-Mackey of Kingston. Ontario, and Georgia Simmerling of Vancouver, British Columbia had a silver medal winning time in the finals of 4:17.20. The New Zealand team of Racquel Sheath, Bryony Botha, Rushlee Buchanan and Kristie James won the gold medal with a time in the finals of 4:16.028. Italy’s Elisa Balsamo, Letizia Paternoster, Martina Alzini won the bronze medal with a time 4:18.069. Canada is sixth in the World Cup women’s team pursuit standings with 2400 points. Italy leads with 4050 points.
In the women’s Omnium, Beveridge finished in second with 123 points. She won the points race, was second in the tempo race and was fourth in the scratch race and elimination race. Annette Edmonson of Australia won the gold medal with 131 points. Yumi Kajihara of Japan won the bronze medal with 113 points. Beveridge won a medal by 31 points as Lotte Kopecky of Belgium finished in fourth place with 92 points.
Beveridge now leads the women’s Omnium World Cup standings with 1380 points. She leads Olivija Baleisyte of Lithuania by 65 points. This is the second time that Beveridge reached the World Cup podium in the women’s Omnium this season as she finished third in London, England on December 15.
Beveridge and Simmerling won a bronze medal for Team Canada in women’s team pursuit at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The medals for Caves, Gee, Jamieson, Lamoureux, Bonhomme, Beveridge, Foreman-Mackey and Simmerling will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.