Milton, ON (February 2, 2020) – Canada’s Tristen Chernove won two more silver medals in front of a home crowd at the 2020 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships on Saturday after winning his first medal in the Kilo on Friday. Canada has now earned four medals at these championships- one gold and three silver.
Chernove came into the men’s C2 final Omnium race second in the standings behind Alexandre Leaute of France, as the riders started the Scratch Race, where Chernove was the defending champion. Chernove rode a smart, tactical race, however, unheralded Spanish rider Maurice Eckhard snuck away in the final six laps and opened a gap when the favourites hesitated. Chernove attacked in the final lap and a half, but was half a bike length short at the finish line, having to settle for silver in both the race and the overall Omnium championship after four events.
“I feel good about the race and the way I raced; I stepped up my confidence again after a pretty rough start to the weekend. Maurice got the win, which is terrific for him. With a couple of laps to go I realized it was up to me, and I had to risk burning matches. I reeled him in, but was just a second or two too late,” said Chernove.
In other Canadian results, the new Canadian men’s tandem team of Lowell Taylor and his pilot Ed Veal set a new Canadian record in their first ever attempt at the 1000 metre time trial, with a time of 1:04.722, while Keely Shaw came within 75-thousandths of a second of winning the bronze medal in the C4 women’s Individual Pursuit.