Back To News

Cycling Canada Announces Junior Track Worlds Team

Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the team of nine athletes who will represent Canada at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, to be held in Aigle, Switzerland, between August 15th and 19th.

All but one of the athletes will be competing at the world championships for the first time, with Micaiah Besler of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the only rider returning from last year’s team.

The team will be led by two Victoria riders – Sarah Van Dam, who won six women’s national titles at the Junior Track Championships, and Riley Pickrell, who won five men’s national titles. Pickrell is also coming off a highly successful Tour de l’Abitibi stage race, where he won three stages plus the Points Jersey.

Photo Cycling BC (All Rights Reserved) – Sarah Van Dam & Riley Pickrell

The athletes are currently training at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario and will be there August 10th, before leaving for Switzerland. Women’s NextGen Track Endurance Coach Jenny Trew will be the lead coach on the project.

“Given the history of success that we have built over the last few years with World Championship titles being won by Stefan Ritter and Maggie Coles-Lyster, and new Canadian records in the Team Pursuit, it’s truly exciting to be involved with our Junior athletes,” said Jenny Trew. “I’m really looking forward to getting to work with the best junior athletes from all over the country, especially as a NextGen coach working with development athletes, as we prepare in Milton for the Junior Track World Championships in Switzerland.”

Endurance Women [Hometown] – Personal Coach
Sarah Van Dam [Victoria, BC] – Richard Wooles
Kaitlyn Rauwerda [Hamilton, ON] – Rick Lee
Micaiah Besler [Saskatoon, SK] – Houshang Amiri
Ainsley Black [Jerseyville, ON] – Rick Lee
Victoria Slater [Hamilton, ON] – Rick Lee

Endurance Men [Hometown] – Personal Coach
Riley Pickrell [Victoria, BC] – Richard Wooles
Jackson Kinniburgh [Calgary, AB] – Tanya Dubnicoff

Sprint Men [Hometown] – Personal Coach
Tyler Davies [Vancouver, BC] – Keith Bruneau
Ethan Ogrodniczuk [Vancouver, BC] – Tim Sherstobitoff

Source: Cycling Canada

About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau, lululemon, 4iiii, Argon18 and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.