November 18, 2009 (Maple Ridge, BC) – Jean Ann McKirdy, 25, of the Local Ride Elite Women’s Team, has been making waves on two wheels this fall in what is normally the elite-level cyclist’s off-season. After the Maple Ridge, BC resident decided only weeks ago to try her legs at track cycling, she found success in her first races at the Burnaby Velodrome when she won the women’s 25-lap tempo race last Friday night.
Only a week before, she was put through the paces during a National Team Development Training Camp at Burnaby’s 200m indoor cycling track, where the overseeing coaches recognized her talent. She has since been selected to join the Canadian National Team at a high performance training camp in Los Angeles, California next week.
Track is now McKirdy’s fourth competitive cycling discipline, of which her main passion is cross-country mountain biking, although the skilled and powerful rider has seen success in the road and cyclocross disciplines as well. In fact, she is currently leading the BC Cup Cyclocross Series with only one race to go. The easygoing and soft-spoken McKirdy obviously lets her legs do the talking.
People have also been talking about her legs, evidenced by the fact that she will be presented with the Cycling BC Award for Top Female Cross Country Mountain Biker of the Year at the Cycling BC Awards Night in Vancouver on November 20.