Milton, ON (October 7, 2021) – After kicking off the track cycling season last month at the Nations Cup in Cali, Colombia, the Canadian track squad is heading to Roubaix, France for the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Championships on October 20-24. The 16-person team will be made up of a combination of veterans and development athletes, with the majority of riders competing at their first Elite World Championships.
Leading the sprint team will be Olympic Sprint gold medallist, Kelsey Mitchell, and Keirin bronze medallist, Lauriane Genest, who will both be competing in the Keirin, Sprint and Team Sprint events. Their Team Sprint teammate will be announced on October 13th. On the men’s side, Olympians, Hugo Barrette and Nick Wammes, will once again be joining forces with, Ryan Dodyk, to take on the Team Sprint after the trio won gold at their first international competition together. Barrette will also be tackling the Keirin, while Wammes will compete in the Sprint.
“It’s so amazing to be able to bring two Olympic medallists to Track Worlds,” said Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director, Kris Westwood. “Kelsey and Lauriane will walk into the Roubaix velodrome as riders to watch, which brings all sorts of new challenges, but I’m confident they are up for it. On the endurance side, the squad represents a generational shift for our teams. They have big shoes to fill, and I’m excited to see what they can achieve as we work towards the Paris Olympic Games in just three years’ time.”
The women’s endurance squad will be comprised of 2019 Pan Am Games silver medallists, Erin Attwell and Maggie Coles-Lyster, as well as Ngaire Barraclough, Devaney Collier and Sarah Van Dam. Attwell, Barraclough and Van Dam are coming off a gold medal win at the Cali Nations Cup, while Coles-Lyster has earned several podiums on the road this season. All athletes will be competing in the Team Pursuit, with some riders also competing in the Omnium, Scratch Race, Elimination Race and Points Race.
Olympians, Derek Gee and Michael Foley, will be leading the men’s endurance team, with development athletes Mathias Guillemette, Jackson Kinniburgh and Ethan Ogrodniczuk completing the Team Pursuit squad. One rider will also be selected to compete in the Omnium.
Kelsey Mitchell – Sherwood Park, AB [Team Sprint, Keirin, Sprint]
Lauriane Genest – Lévis, QC [Team Sprint, Keirin, Sprint]
Third rider TBC – [Team Sprint, Sprint]
Hugo Barrette – Iles-de-la-Madeleine, QC [Team Sprint, Keirin]
Ryan Dodyk – Edmonton, AB [Team Sprint]
Nick Wammes – Bothwell, ON [Team Sprint, Sprint]
Erin Attwell – Victoria, BC [Team Pursuit]
Ngaire Barraclough – Edmonton, AB [Team Pursuit]
Maggie Coles-Lyster – Maple Ridge, BC [Team Pursuit]
Devaney Collier – Edmonton, AB [Team Pursuit]
Sarah Van Dam – Victoria, BC [Team Pursuit]
Michael Foley – Milton, ON [Team Pursuit]
Derek Gee – Ottawa, ON [Team Pursuit]
Mathias Guillemette – Trois-Rivières, QC [Team Pursuit]
Jackson Kinniburgh – Calgary, AB [Team Pursuit]
Ethan Ogrodniczuk – Vancouver, BC [Team Pursuit]
Source: Cycling Canada