September 05, 2013 (Bromont, QC) – Canada’s Rémi Pelletier-Roy and Gillian Carleton lead the men’s and women’s omnium races respectively after the first day of competition at the Bromont International Track Challenge.
The omnium consists of six events over two days of racing. On Day 1, riders do a flying lap, a points race and an elimination race. On Day 2, riders do an individual pursuit, a scratch race and a standing-start time trial over 500m for the women or 1,000m for the men.
Pelletier-Roy, who won silver in this event at the Canadian championships in Dieppe, N.B., a week ago behind Zach Bell, is confident going into Day 2 after finishing third, first and first in the opening three events. Second overall two points behind is Jacob Duehring of the U.S. and in third at four points is Darren Matthew from Barbados.
“The pursuit is pretty much my strongest event,” said Pelletier-Roy. “I do OK in the kilo. The scratch is a tactical event anyway. It’s the opening day that determines most of the overall standings, so being first I’ll do a good pursuit and kilo and defend my position in the scratch.”
Carleton, who won the Canadian title a week ago, won the flying lap, finished third in the points race and won the elimination race to lead the standings three points ahead of Mexico’s Sofia Arreola and seven points ahead of Team Canada teammates Jasmin Glaesser and Steph Roorda.
In the team sprint, U.S. teams took the top spot on the podium in both the men’s and women’s events. Madalyn Godby and Melissa Erickson won the women’s event while Kevin Mansker, Geoffrey Fryer and David Espinoza won the men’s race.
Racing resumes Friday with the final three omnium events and the sprint tournament.
The Bromont International Track Challenge runs from Sept. 5 to 8. Schedules, start lists and results can be found at <http://guynf.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=43d085908a13ee5897bf30ce4&id=f939748b34&e=d29a4f46c5>www.challengebromont.com.