Anadia, Portugal (December 10, 2018) – Team Canada dominated the Trofeu Internacional Municipio Anadia track competition in Portugal over the weekend, winning five gold medals, plus two silver and three bronze medals, at this UCI C1 sanctioned event. Following the Track World Cup in Berlin, Germany, the previous weekend, Cycling Canada held a training camp in Portugal, bringing in some NextGen riders to join the World Cup riders already in Europe.
“The racing here in Portugal has been intense,” said Kris Westwood, Head of Performance Operations at Cycling Canada. “UCI points are so valuable in track now that a lot of nations are targeting these C1 events. There are a lot of good riders here, so the level is pretty close to a World Cup. It was great to see two of our newest sprinters, Kelsey Mitchell and Nick Wammes, win their first international event, and Allison Beveridge and Derek Gee both won their Omniums in commanding fashion, which puts us on really solid footing to qualify for Worlds this year. That’s a crucial part of our Olympic qualification plan, so it’s good to see it coming together.”
Canadian riders won both the men’s and women’s Sprint competitions, with NextGen riders Nick Wammes and Kelsey Mitchell doing the honours. In the Omniums, Allison Beveridge won the women’s and Derek Gee the men’s, while Jay Lamoureux took the fifth gold medal in the men’s Individual Pursuit. Annie Foreman-Mackey [women’s Points Race] and Mitchell [women’s Keirin] each added silver medals to the tally, while three riders won bronze – Je’land Sydney [men’s Sprint], Amelia Walsh [women’s Keirin] and Lamoureux [men’s Points Race].
This was a tremendous start to Mitchell’s first international campaign. “It felt great! It was my first time racing under the Canadian colours, so I am glad I was able to represent Canada well and walk away with two medals!”