The Mattamy Velodrome in Milton, Ontario was sold out, as a full house took in the action and excitement of World Cup track racing October 25th - 28th.
Juventus was on site: competing, spectating, lobbying, and learning.
Both AVRA coach Alex Ongaro and our President, Gail Wozny could not resist the caliber of competition on display. They even brought some of our young and aspiring Juventus track talents to see the skills of the best in the world! Mikeal, Ngaire, and Zac all benefitted from exposure to the talent and professionalism exhibited at the Milton World Cup. More experience will be accrued as Ngaire and Mikael take part in a Cycling Canada junior advancement camp in Milton this week.
Gail and Meika were in full gear and ready to cheer on all the competitors in Milton!
2018 World Cup II - Milton - Team Canada (Kinley Gibson) & Pedal to the Medal (Evan Burtnik, Devaney Collier)
There were a few familiar faces on the boards! Kinley Gibson is a member of Team Canada and raced the Team Pursuit (TP), while Evan Burtnik (TP and Scratch) and Devaney Collier (TP and Scratch) raced under Canada’s Pedal To the Medal trade team banner. All three young national team members began their cycling careers in the LAMP.
Team Canada’s 4 women had a solid ride in the TP qualifier, and were eager to improve in Round 1. Focussed, they shaved 3 seconds! off their qualifying time, yet would have to settle for 5th, missing the bronze medal round by 0.3 seconds. This result has the team excited to prepare for World Cup III in Berlin at the end of November.
Team Canada Pursuit: Steph Roorda, Ariane Bonhomme, Kinley Gibson, Annie Foreman Mackie
Team Canada Women pass Japan in Round 1
Devaney, along with her NextGen teammates raced with the Pedal to the Medal team in the TP qualifier. Unfortunately, a couple of members were under the weather and they did not qualify for the rounds. Later, Devaney got the call to race the Women’s Scratch. Team Canada member Allison Beveridge and Devaney raced well, finishing 5th and 13th respectively.
Coach Jenny Trew sets Devaney for the Scratch Race -
Scratch Race action with 2 Canadians in the mix -
Team Pursuit was also on the event card of Evan Burtnik. His Pedal to the Medal team put up a time of 4:04 in the qualifying round - not quite enough for Round 1, but an overall sound performance. On Friday night, with family in the stands to cheer him on, Evan raced an exciting Scratch Race. He was active in the first half, initiating multiple attacks: some unfortunate timing meant he missed an important move, as another rider took a lap. The chasers were eventually caught and Evan was able to set himself for the sprint finish, yielding a respectable 5th place.
Evan Burtnik was aggressive in the first half of the race - and finished 5th!
Evan does his pull on the front -
It is a wonderful feeling when the whole family cheers!