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Gold for Canada on Final Day at Pan Am Championships

report by the CCA

May 17, 2010 (Aguascalientes, Mexico) – The final day of competition at the 2010 Pan Am Cycling Championships was a successful one for the Canadian Cycling team. Travis Smith, who had the fastest time in qualifying, was victorious in the match sprint claiming the gold medal and Pan Am Champion jersey with a two rides to none victory over Njisane Philly of Trinidad and Tobago.

Monique Sullivan won the first round of the Keirin and continued on to a strong 5th place finish. Laura Brown competed in the very active and exciting Points Race. She gained a lap early and finished in 5th place overall.

The Omnium event for men and women consisted of the new format with 6 events over 2 days. Steph Roorda and Remi Pelletier Roy competed in the flying lap, points race, and elimination on day 1, then the Individual pursuit, scratch race, and time trial on day 2. In the women’s Omnium, Steph was consistent over the two days of competition and finished a solid 5th being one of only two riders to best eventual winner Sarah Hammer by winning the elimination portion of the event.

Remi, in his first international competition, showed signs of great speed placing second in both the scratch and flying 250m portions. This showed Remi’s potential for the future with a solid fifth in the overall – full results here.

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