New Brunswick

Dieppe hosts Olympic cycling hopefuls

Dieppe's Velodrome is a buzz this week with 112 current and future Olympic cyclists.
Tara Whitten, pictured here at the 2012 Summer Olympics, is among 112 competitors in Dieppe this week. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

Dieppe's Velodrome is hosting 112 current and future Olympic cyclists for the Canadian Cycling Track Championships this week.

The elite cyclists are in the city for the five-day event that kicked off on Wednesday.

The events include sprints, team pursuits and omnium, which is described as a sort of decathalon for cyclists.

Athletes are trying to achieve their best times so they can move on to qualifying rounds for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Some of the athletes competing in Dieppe include Tara Whitten, a bronze medalist from the 2012 Summer Games in London, Zach Bell and Gillian Carleton.

New Brunswick’s Stuart Wight is also competing in Dieppe. Wight competed in three events for New Brunswick at the Canada Games this summer in Sherbrooke, Que.

He finished fourth in road cycling, individual time trial.

It's the second year in a row that Dieppe has hosted the event.