September 17, 2016 (Rio de Janeiro, BRA) – Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and her pilot Audrey Lemieux of Alma, Quebec, were the top finishers for Canada on Saturday, the final day of para-cycling competition at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Weldon and Lemieux finished fifth in the Women’s Tandem road race.
The 69-kilometre race was won by Iwona Podkoscielna and Aleksandra Teclaw of Poland, in a time of one hour, 58 minutes and two seconds. Weldon and Lemieux finished three minutes and 14 seconds back in a sprint, with the second Canadian team of Shawna Ryan (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Joanie Caron (Rimouski, Quebec) finishing 12th, 13 minutes and 38 behind the winners.
“It was a very good race, we were both super pleased,” said Weldon. “After all our hill training the hills felt much easier and we were able to stay with the climbers, which was one of our goals. To finish top five … we are super happy with that.”
“It was an extremely challenging course,” admitted Ryan. “It was probably one of the most challenging courses we have done together. We just tried to stay mentally in sync and positive. We accomplished that, which I’m really proud of.”
“We had four laps of the 15-kilometre time trial course and then two 20-kilometre laps,” said Lachance. “The first part was pretty technical, so our goal was not to miss any moves at the front. We were in the top five or six after the first big climb, but then on the descent our front wheel exploded. We were both a bit injured in the crash, so we decided that we could not finish the race.”
“It has been a really good Games, obviously,” said Landry. “We finished off with nine medals, and we could have potentially had another one with Tristen [Chernove] in the road race, and we came close with Robbi [Weldon] in the road race today. All in all, we started off with a goal of three medals when we started the quad after London  and we tripled that goal. Midway through the quad we upped our goals, but we never thought that nine medals would have been possible.”
“It all came from looking at the process; we enhanced our daily training environment, the time the coaches spend with the athletes, the training and recovery and proper monitoring of the athletes, we brought in our sports psychologist, and that helped a lot with our athletes. We were able to arrive at these Games with a better mindset and better preparation.”