Posted by Editoress on 09/6/13
Track cyclists from eight different nations are in Bromont, Quebec, for the Bromont International Track Challenge. This inaugural event features sprint and endurance competition and is the last chance for athletes to score ranking points to qualify for the 2013-2014 UCI Track World Cup season.
The high-quality field includes national teams from the U.S., Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico, as well as individual athletes from France, Great Britain, Barbados and New Zealand.
This will be the first event of the track season for the Canadian national team. The women's endurance races will be contested by Olympic bronze medallists Gillian Carleton and Jasmin Glaesser, as well as Laura Brown, Steph Roorda and Allison Beveridge. Pan Am Championships silver medallist Hugo Barette will race the men's Sprint and Keirin, and Rémi Pelletier-Roy is participating in the men’s Omnium and Points race.
The Bromont International Track Challenge runs from September 5th to 8th. More information can be found at www.challengebromont.com .
Canada’s Rémi Pelletier-Roy and Gillian Carleton lead the men's and women's Omnium races respectively after the first day of competition at the Bromont International Track Challenge.
On Day 1, riders do a Flying Lap, a Points race and an Elimination race. On Day 2, riders do an Individual Pursuit, a Scratch race and a standing-start Time Trial over 500m for the women or 1,000m for the men.
Pelletier-Roy, who won silver in this event at the Canadian championships in Dieppe, New Brunswick, a week ago behind Zach Bell, is confident going into Day 2 after finishing third, first and first in the opening three events for five points. Second overall, two points behind is Jacob Duehring of the U.S., and in third at a four point deficit is Darren Matthew from Barbados.
"The Pursuit is pretty much my strongest event," said Pelletier-Roy. "I do OK in the Kilo. The Scratch is a tactical event anyway. It's the opening day that determines most of the overall standings, so being first I'll do a good Pursuit and Kilo and defend my position in the Scratch.”
Carleton, who won the Canadian title a week ago, won the Flying Lap, finished third in the Points race and won the Elimination race to lead the standings with five points, three points ahead of Mexico's Sofia Arreola and seven points ahead of Team Canada teammates Jasmin Glaesser and Steph Roorda.
In the Team Sprint, U.S. teams took the top spot on the podium in both the men's and women's events. Madalyn Godby and Melissa Erickson won the women's competition, while Kevin Mansker, Geoffrey Fryer and David Espinoza won the men's race.
Racing continues Friday with the final three Omnium events and the Sprint tournament.
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