February 27, 2017 (Los Angeles, California) – Team Canada concluded the final round of the Track World Cup series on Sunday night in Los Angeles, California, by winning two silver medals. Hugo Barrette of Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, finished second in the Men’s Keirin, while Jasmin Duehring of Vancouver, BC, won the silver medal in the Women’s Scratch Race. Canada concludes the World Cup final with four medals – three silver and one bronze. Canada tied for second in total medals won.
Men's Keirin podium (l-r) Barrette 2nd, Puerta Zapata 1st, Sahrom 3rd © Guy Swarbrick
Barrette finished second in his first race and third in his second race, putting him into the medal final. The Canadian took the lead going into the final lap, but was passed by Colombian Fabian Zapata in the final 100 metres. Zapata also won the Keirin in the previous round of the World Cup.
“I had good legs today,” said Barrette. “I was patient … I had a rough race in Cali [Colombia, in Round 3] and I learned from that to be patient and go at the last minute. It paid off today. I have been frustrated with the new format, after six years of racing [the previous format]. I feel like I am starting back at zero. But it’s not like I am the only one that is new to this, so I need to work on it. This is a good start, but I still have a lot of work to do.”
Women's Scratch race podium (l-r) Duehring 2nd, Klimchenko 1st, Barker 3rd © Guy Swarbrick
In the Women’s Scratch Race, Duehring and Tetyana Klimchenko of Ukraine were the only riders to lap the field, with the Ukrainian taking the gold medal just ahead of Duehring, after the Canadian got caught behind a crash.
Women's Madison, Laura Brown (l) and Stephanie Roorda © Guy Swarbrick
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” admitted Duehring, who is racing her first World Cup of the season. “I didn’t know what to expect of myself. The focus is – as always – the Team Pursuit and we had some solid rides [bronze medal]. The Scratch Race is another opportunity to race and gain experience going into Worlds. The finish was a bit disappointing; I just wasn’t paying enough attention and I didn’t realize that another rider had lapped the field behind me. At the end of the day it’s my fault for not being aware. Unfortunately I got caught behind a crash on the last lap and wasn’t able to sprint against the Ukrainian.”
Annie Foreman-Mackey © Guy Swarbrick
In other competition on the final night, Vancouver-based Laura Brown and Steph Roorda finished seventh in the Women’s Madison, while Annie Foreman-Mackey of Kingston, Ontario, was eighth in qualifying in the Women’s Individual Pursuit and did not move on to the medal rounds. Kate O’Brien of Edmonton, Alberta, qualified seventh in the Women’s Sprint and won her one-eighth final race before being defeated in the quarterfinals by eventual bronze medalist Anastasiia Voinova of Russia. O’Brien finished the competition ranked seventh, and finished the World Cup series ranked 12th overall after having raced two of four events.
Kate O'Brien © Guy Swarbrick
“It was definitely a pretty good weekend,” agreed Jacques Landry, Director of High Performance at Cycling Canada. “For the Team Pursuit it is the first time the team has come together this year but they were able to come up with a bronze medal. The real revelations here for the weekend are on the sprint side of the team, with Kate [O’Brien] and Amelia [Walsh] in the Team Sprint getting a silver medal and Hugo stepping it up in the Keirin with his medal ride. It was a good weekend and sets the stage for the world championships coming up in April.”