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2017 Track Season Opens with Eastern & Western Challenges

The 2017 Canadian track season opens in February with a pair of new events aimed at development riders – the Eastern and Western Challenge competitions.

These events were created by Cycling Canada following the Track Competition review of the domestic competition system for track. Among the recommendations from the review were the creation of events aimed at development riders; to give them the opportunity to race an event with a caliber (and degree of organization) comparable to the Canadian Track Championships p/b Lexus.  This will give riders the opportunity to measure their preparedness for the world championships selection that takes place at the Championships.

Cycling Canada has been working in collaboration with Cycling BC in British Columbia for the Western Challenge.

“We are really excited to include the Eastern and Western Track Challenge to our 2017 calendar,” stated Mathieu Boucher, Director of Performance Development at Cycling Canada. “These events are key in the development of the next generation of national team athletes, while helping them in their preparation for the Canadian Track Championships which will be held in Milton at the end of March. We are very thankful for the hosting support offered by Ontario Cycling, Kelyn Akuna and Cycling BC to make these new events a reality.”

The Western Challenge will take place at the Burnaby Velodrome, on February 24-25, for Under-15, Under-17, Junior, Elite and Masters athletes. Spectators will be encouraged to attend on both evenings and, aside from the racing, highlights will include: a beer garden, food truck, DJ, and a host of family friendly activities. Alberta has already confirmed that they will be sending their provincial team.

Event organizer Kelyn Akuna says, “The Western Challenge poses an exciting opportunity for our local race community. The event affords us the chance to bring nationally sanctioned racing back to the Burnaby Velodrome, which is great for developing our regional athletes, building our event hosting capacity, and invigorating interest in both the discipline and the facility for years to come.”



Organizer Kelyn Akuna & Cycling BC
Dates Friday, Feb. 24 – Saturday, Feb. 25
Where Burnaby Velodrome
What Events for U15, U17, Junior, Elite, and Masters racers
Registration CLICK HERE