Fifteen young athletes from Team CHCH/National Cycling Centre Hamilton recently competed in the 2013 Canadian National Track Cycling Championships in Dieppe, N.B.
Some 250 athletes ranging in age from 14 to 40 put their skills to the test in various age categories. Team CHCH brought home 13 national champion medals.
Gold medal performances were turned in by riders on both the Under 17 women’s and men’s teams.
The women — Ruby West of Dundas, Hillary Lowry and Naomi DeSousa, both of Ancaster — took the gold in the three-kilometre team pursuit event with an average speed of 42.97 km/h, besting Team Ontario in the final. Naomi also took top individual honours in the points race and individual pursuit.
The men’s team – Miles Eastwood and Jesse Schultz, both of Dundas, and Jerseyville teammate Jordann Jones — also earned gold in the three-kilometre team pursuit by beating heavily favoured Team Ontario with an average speed of 48.92 km/h.
Coach Rick Lee said it was a “blinder” of a race, and both teams dug deep to produce the most exciting event of the day.
For all six riders, the gold medals were the culmination of hundreds of hours and thousands of kilometres training and racing over the past year. The riders and their teammates will keep their track skills honed over the next year by riding at the Forest City Velodrome in London and the National Cycling Centre in Bromont, Que., as they anxiously await the opening of the world-class Pan-Am Games Milton Velodrome in the Fall of 2014.