March 20, 2015 (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands) – Five of the best track para-cyclists will race for Canada at the 2015 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships from March 26 to 29 at the indoor velodrome in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
The five-member Canadian team will consist of Jaye Milley (Calgary, AB), Marie-Claude Molnar (Longueuil, QC), Brayden McDougall (Calgary. AB), Ross Wilson (Edmonton, AB) and Michael Sametz (Calgary, AB).
At the track cycling World Championships, the team hopes to secure podium performances and multiple Top 10 positions that will help Canadian athletes cumulate qualification points for the track cycling events at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
“We’re excited about this event as it will give us the opportunity to see the progress made by our para-cyclists in actual competition settings. This will allow us to observe the international growth of the sport and where we stand, and take decisions as to what needs to be done to win medals in Rio,” said Jacques Landry, Director of High Performance and Head Coach at Cycling Canada. “We have a great support structure in place for these para-cyclists with Eric Van den Eynde leading the team. We are confident that the work invested heading to these World Championships will bear its fruits.”
Coaches and managers will also use this opportunity to observe and assess the athletes’ competitiveness on the international scene 18 months away from the Paralympic Games.
The team prepared for this event by attending a road training camp in Gainesville, Florida, prior to transferring to a track-specific training block that ended Thursday at the new Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome in Milton, ON.
At the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Mexico, Milley secured Canada’s two medal, both bronze medals coming in the kilo time trial and the individual pursuit.