Posted by Editoress on 04/3/17
The 2017 Canadian Track Championships p/b Lexus for Junior, Under-17 and Para cyclists concluded on Sunday at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario, after three intense days of racing, with five Canadian national records set on the final day alone.
Canadian records were set in three of four Team Sprint categories, with the winning squads in Under-17 Women and Men both setting records, as well as the Junior Men's gold medal team. In the Time Trial events, Madison Dempster (Midweek Cycling) set a national record for the Under-17 Women's 500 metre Time Trial, as did Riley Pickrell (Tripleshot Cycling) in the Under-17 Men's 500 metre Time Trial.
Ontario was the big winner for the day, with seven nationals titles in team and individual competition. British Columbia took five titles and Quebec won one.
The final day also featured the first-ever national title awarded for Junior women in the Madison and the first for Junior men since 2010, with the Tag Cycling team of Maggie Coles-Lyster and Micaiah Besler taking the women's title and the Kallisto-FVC p/b Peloton Contracting of Chris Ernst and Lucas Taylor winning the men's.
Overall, two riders stood out - Maggie Coles-Lyster (TaG Cycling) and Riley Pickrell (Tripleshot (Cycling), both from British Columbia. Coles-Lyster won medals in all ten events contested by Junior Women, winning eight gold medals, one silver and one bronze. Pickrell dominated the Under-17 Men's category, with seven gold medals and one silver for a total of eight medals in nine events.
In the Para Time Trial competitions, the Alberta tandem team of Carla Shibley and Erin Rutlan won the women's 500 metre title, while the Quebec team of Mathieu Croteau Daigle and Benoit Lussier took the Men's 1000 metre tandem title.
Nearly 100 athletes from across Canada came to Milton to compete for national titles. For the Junior category, the Championships had an added significance as the selection event for the world championships team.
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