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November 19/11 12:24 pm - ParaPanamerican Games: Road Races 4 more medals for Canada: report and results

Posted by Editoress on 11/19/11

Results from the final day of cycling, Road races, at the ParaPanamerican Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Canadian Para-cycling Team finished on a high note its participation at the 2011 Parapan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, winning a total of five medals, including two gold medals that closed a perfect Games for the women's tandem of Robbi Weldon and Lyne Bessette.

The five medals collected on the last day of cycling competition brings the total medal tally to 13, with four on the track and nine on the road.

The Canadian Women's tandem of Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, ON) and Lyne Bessette (Knowlton, QC) concluded their perfect event with a fourth Gold medal games in as many races, this time coming in the road race. The women's took two gold medals on the road, in the time trial and the road race, as well as two gold medal on the track, in the individual pursuit and the 1000m time trial.

“I'm feeling really good. Four gold medals in a week is a first for us and it's a wonderful feeling knowing we will go home with four gold medals,” said Weldon. “I cross-country skied for four-five years and I had a very good, high level of fitness when I came into cycling. My body is more geared for cycling. I've learned tons in the last year. It's very helpful having Lyne. She is such an experienced cyclist and she has taught me a lot.”

Myriam Adam (St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu, QC), racing in the women's hand cycle, also took the gold medal in the mixed road race, her career first international victory. “I am happy. I tried to follow the advice of my coaches as I am still learning quite a bit. Honestly, I think I really improved in learning when to overpass. I won a silver medal at a World Cup in Baie-Comeau, QC, and this is my first international gold medal. I am very happy.”

In the Women's C road race, Marie-Claude Molnar (Ste-Adèle, QC) rode the silver medal, winning her second medal of these Games.

In the men's tandem road race, Daniel Chalifour (St-Jérome, QC) and pilot Ed Veal (Toronto, ON) took their fourth medal of the games and second bronze medal. The duo formed only for this event has surpassed the challenges of learning to race together in a very quick time.

Chalifour explains: “We had a great week. We won the maximum number of points for Canada on the track, and on the road. It was the first week of week with Ed and I, and we can proudly say mission accomplished. It was a tough day for us. Sometimes, after too many laps, I can't feel my legs anymore. I had to find the energy to push all the way to the end. Close from the end, we tried to win the sprint but the pedal unclipped and so we lost momentum. It could have been better, but we tried our best.”

In the women's tricycle race, 2011 World Cup Champion Marie-Ève Croteau (Québec, QC) won the bronze medal in her road race, despite caring for an injury sustained earlier in Guadalajara. “I am feeling both good and bad. I feel bad as I fell in the time trial race and suffered some bruising, and feeling some pain in the ribs with difficult breathing. I didn't accomplish what I wanted to do, but still came third. Considering those circumstances, I am satisfied with the results. I gave it my all, and I think it's a good result after all.”

Courtesy CCA


Road Race results


Women B, 63.3. km
1 Robbi Weldon/Lyne Bessette (Canada) 1:32:00
2 Karissa Whitsell/Lisa Turnbull (USA) at 3:13
3 Lidia Britos/Alejandra Alliegro (Argentina) 10:09
4 Marleide Da Silva/Nelma Raizer (Brazil) 14:49
Men B, 84.4 km
1 Nelson Serna/Sebastien Durango (Colombia) 1:59:19
2 Eliecer Orjuela/William Rojas (Colombia) at 2:20
3 Daniel Chalifour/Ed Veal (Canada) 2:22
4 Clark Rachfal/David Swanson (USA) 2:23
DNF Alberto Nattkemper/Juan Ferrari (Argentina)
Men H2-4, 42.2 km
1 Oscar Sanchez - H4_M (USA) 1:08:17
2 Matthew W. Updike - H2_M (USA) at 0:01
3 Gonzalo Valdovinos - H3_M (Mexico) 5:09
4 Rico Morneau - H2_M (Canada) 8:07
5 Arly A. Velasquez - H2_M (Mexico) 10:34
6 Gaysil Leon - H3_M (Haiti) 31:03
DNS Aaron Gordian - H4_M (Mexico)
Mixed H1-2, 31.7 km
1 Myriam Adam - H2_W (Canada) 1:12:42
2 Jady Martins - H2_W (Brazil) at 7:13
DNF Marcos A. Torres - H1_M (Mexico)
Mixed T1-2, 21.1 km
1 Nestor J. Ayala - T2_M (Colombia) 0:43:22
2 Steven M Peace - T2_M (USA) at 0:46
3 Marie-Eve Croteau - T2_W (Canada) 3:11
4 Louis A. Corriveau - T2_M (Canada) 4:53
5 Shelley Gautier - T1_W (Canada) 14:58
6 Oscar A. Martinez - T1_M (Argentina)
Women C1-5, 42.2km
1 Greta Neimans - C5_W (USA) 1:07:12
2 Marie-Claude Molnar - C4_W (Canada) at 3:17
3 Allison Jones - C2_W (USA) 7:17
4 Cristina L. Otero - C2_W (Argentina) 33:36
5 Jamie Ann Schanbaum - C3_W (USA) 1:14:49
Men C4-5, 73.9km
1 Soelito Gohr - C5_M (Brazil) 1:52:28
2 Rodny Minier - C5_M (Dominican Republic) at 0:12
3 Joao A Schwindt - C5_M (Brazil) 1:47
4 Diego G Dueñas - C4_M (Colombia) 3:46
5 Vincent A Juarez - C5_M (USA) 8:32
6 Celerino Ramirez - C5_M (Mexico) 8:33
7 Henry Perozo - C5_M (Venezuela) 8:33
8 Eric Bourgault - C4_M (Canada) 8:33
9 Leonel Solis - C4_M (Costa Rica) 8:35
10 Damian Lopez - C4_M (Cuba) 8:36
11 Samuel B Kavanagh - C4_M (USA) 12:50
12 Alexander Miranda - C5_M (Costa Rica) 17:00
13 Alexander Perez - C5_M (Costa Rica) 17:04
Men C1-3 , 52.8km
1 Esneider Munoz - C3_M (Colombia) 1:24:06
2 Michael L Farrell - C3_M (USA) at 0:01
3 Alvaro Galviz - C2_M (Colombia) 0:01
4 Victor Garrido - C2_M (Venezuela) 0:01
5 Flaviano E. de Carvalho - C2_M (Brazil) 0:02
6 Matthieu Parent - C2_M (Canada) 2:23
7 Jose G Juarez - C2_M (Mexico) 2:23
8 Rodrigo F Lopez - C1_M (Argentina) 5:57
9 Cirio Molina - C2_M (Venezuela) 8:33
10 Jaye Milley - C1_M (Canada) 8:38
11 Anthony C Zahn - C1_M (USA) 8:56
DNF Jefferson R Spimpolo - C3_M (Brazil)
DNF Brett A Weitzel - C2_M (USA) 19:12


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