Olympic bobsledder Moyse to compete in Pan Am cycling

Heather Moyse, an Olympic gold medallist in bobsled, will compete on a different type of track this weekend. The Summerside, P.E.I., native — also a member of Canada's women's rugby team — is trying her hand at a third sport, riding for Canada at the Pan American cycling championships.
Heather Moyse, shown here with teammate Kaillie Humphries, will try her hand at cycling at the (Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Heather Moyse, an Olympic gold medallist in bobsled, will compete on a different type of track this weekend.

The Summerside, P.E.I., native — also a member of Canada's women's rugby team — is trying her hand at a third sport, riding for Canada at the Pan American cycling championships.

"I am thrilled to be able to represent Canada in my third national sport, this time on a pair of wheels," Moyse said Friday in a statement. "But I know that this is just the beginning. . . . I have a lot of improvement still ahead of me."

The event, which includes both road and track disciplines and is a qualifier for the London Olympics, runs through March 11.

Moyse, who won the gold medal in women's bobsled with Kaillie Humphries at the Vancouver Olympics, was introduced to cycling by a friend while rehabbing an ankle injury in the fall of 2010.

When she eventually decided to give track cycling a serious try, the first person she contacted was Clara Hughes, winner of two Olympic bronze medals in road cycling followed by multiple medals in speedskating. She has returned to road cycling for this summer's London Olympics.

Hughes put Moyse in touch with former track cyclist and Canadian coach Tanya Dubnicoff, who told Moyse what time standards she needed to meet to compete for Canada.

Despite some setbacks along the way — her first bike was lost and sold for parts and she lost valuable training time when the velodrome in Los Angeles became unavailable because of another event — Moyse met the standards last week.

"We made a promise to Heather in the fall that if she met the standards, she would get the opportunity to race for Canada," said Dubnicoff. "The time standard she had to meet is the same for everyone who wants to represent Canada at international competition."

Moyse, who isn't considered a contender for Canada's Olympic team, will ride in the sprint and the 500-metre time trials in Argentina.