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BC Riders Get Ready to Race for Canada at 2022 UCI Track World Championships

Canada to Content in All Events at Track World Championships in France

Ottawa, ON (October 7, 2022) – Coming off strong performances at the Commonwealth Games and at the Track Pan Am Championship, 19 Sprint and Endurance athletes are heading to Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France for the 2022 UCI Track World Championships on October 12 – 16. Canada was one of only two nations that qualified to compete in every event at this year’s Worlds. The team is comprised of both veterans and rookies to World Championship racing and is ready to take on the best athletes on the track.

Veterans to the team include Sprinter, Kelsey Mitchell, who has seen great success this season at the Commonwealth Games as well as Pan Ams. The Alberta native is looking to better her performances from 2021 after winning her first career World Championship medal in the women’s Sprint where she took home bronze. She will be joined by Lauriane Genest and Sarah Orban, who were part of the Team Sprint squad that won bronze at the Commonwealth Games. The trio hope to use their momentum from this year and add another international podium finish to their racing resumes. Olympian, Nick Wammes and Canadian Champion, Ryan Dodyk, will be at the helm of the men’s Sprint squad as they make their second return to World Championship racing, with James Hedgcock and Tyler Rorke making their Worlds debut.

“I’m looking forward to racing on the track that will host the 2024 Olympics and excited to see where my legs are at,” said Olympic Champion Kelsey Mitchell. “I have never been a World Champion, so that is definitely something I am looking to achieve as well as trying to lead the younger squad we have going to worlds this year. Crazy to think that at my first Worlds in 2020, we only had 3 sprinters there, this time we will have 8. It’s great, the program continues to grow and be competitive on the international stage. Should be a great competition.”

On the men’s endurance side, the team will be comprised of 6 athletes, with 5 racing at their first Elite World Championships including Carson Mattern who has had a spectacular track season so far winning two rainbow jerseys at the Junior Track World Championships in Israel.  He’ll be joined in the Team Pursuit by Evan Burtnik, Chris Ernst, Mathias Guillemette and Sean Richardson. Mattern will then go on to race in the Individual Pursuit alongside Ernst. 2021 Junior Track World Champion Dylan Bibic is slated to compete in the Elimination, Omnium and Scratch race, as well as the Madison, alongside Guillemette. Guillemette will also contend in the Points race.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to gain some experience at the highest level there is in track cycling,” said Mattern. “It’s been great to learn from the Elite squad over the past month and I look forward to continuing to grow as a rider in the programme.”

Coming off her first Commonwealth Games where she won a bronze in the women’s Scratch race, Maggie Coles-Lyster is looking for another international podium finish as she makes her second appearance at Track World Championships. She will have a full schedule and is set to race in the Team Pursuit, Omnium, Points Race and Scratch race. Joining her are Erin Atwell and Sarah van Dam who will be part of the quartet in the women’s Team Pursuit alongside Ruby West, who will make her inaugural World Championships team. Coles-Lyster and van Dam will team up in the Madison, with van Dam also competing in the Elimination. West and van Dam will contend in Individual Pursuit.

The event will be live-streamed on Flobikes and full results will be available here throughout the five days of competition.

Women’s Endurance
Erin Atwell (Team Pursuit) – Victoria, BC
Maggie Coles-Lyster (Team Pursuit, Madison, Omnium, Points Race, Scratch Race) – Maple Ridge, BC
Sarah Van Dam (Team Pursuit, Individual Pursuit, Madison, Elimination) – Victoria, BC
Ruby West (Team Pursuit, Individual Pursuit) – Dundas, ON

Women’s Sprint
Jackie Boyle (Keirin) – Oakville, ON
Lauriane Genest (Team Sprint, Sprint, Keirin, Time Trial) – Levis, QC
Kelsey Mitchell (Team Sprint, Sprint, Keirin, Time Trial) – Sherwood Park, AB
Sarah Orban (Team Sprint, Sprint, Keirin)  –Calgary, AB

Men’s Endurance
Dylan Bibic (Team Pursuit, Madison, Elimination, Omnium, Scratch Race) – Mississauga, ON
Evan Burtnik (Team Pursuit) – Edmonton, AB
Chris Ernst (Team Pursuit, Individual Pursuit) – Kitchener, ON
Mathias Guillemette (Team Pursuit, Madison, Points Race) – Trois-Rivières, QC
Carson Mattern (Team Pursuit, Individual Pursuit) – Ancaster, ON
Sean Richardson (Team Pursuit) – Vancouver, BC

Men’s Sprint
Ryan Dodyk (Team Sprint, Sprint, Time Trial) – Sherwood Park, AB
James Hedgcock (Keirin, TimeTrial) – Ancaster, ON
Tyler Rorke (Team Sprint) – Baden, ON
Nick Wammes (Team Sprint, Sprint) – Bothwell, ON

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