Milton, Ontario (January 28, 2020) – After a highly successful weekend hosting the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cycling Canada is ready to host the 2020 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships from January 30 to February 2 at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.
Over the weekend, seven athletes will be representing Canada, including the newly classified 2016 Rio Olympian Kate O’Brien who is returning to the boards of Milton, where she won a Team Sprint gold medal at the Pan American Games in 2015. The former bobsledder turned track cyclist will race in the sprint events in the C4 category.
“We are very lucky to be welcoming Kate to our team for this event, as she has already contributed to the positive vibe of our squad in our preparation camp in Los Angeles,” said head Para-cycling coach Sebastien Travers. “Being a sprinter, Kate will definitely add to our existing performances, especially in events where we didn’t put as much focus. We look forward to having her on the team and are excited to see her perform at the Milton velodrome again.”
The field gathering in Milton will be deep, with 168 athletes from 32 nations represented. Big names include a 23-rider strong British squad led by Paralympic champions Sarah Storey, Steve Bate and Lora Fachie. Australia will also bring a deep unit with six riders defending their world championship titles, including C2 athlete Darren Hicks. 2016 Paralympic champions Rio Vincent Ter Schure and pilot Timo Fransen will lead the Dutch team, while Ricardo Ten Argilés headlines the Spanish selection.
Viewers will be able to follow the action via the free CBC Gem streaming service, cbcsports.ca, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, and CPC Facebook page, as well as the Radio-Canada Sports app and radio-canada.ca/sports. The live streaming will cover all finals, and coverage begins on Thursday January 30 at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT).
For more information, visit www.2020uciparatrack.com.