Road To The Olympic Games

Cyclist captures Canada's 6th medal at Pan Am Track Championships

Canadian cyclists have had a big presence on the podium at the Pan Am Track Championships in Mexico, an event which has valuable points up for grabs when it comes to obtaining starting positions at the world championships.

Jay Lamoureux wins silver in men's individual pursuit

Just months after winning bronze in the women's team pursuit at the Rio Olympics, Canada's Jasmin Glaesser (right) raked in two medals for Canada at the Pan Am Track Championships in Mexico. (Greg Baker/Getty Images)

Jay Lamoureux, from Victoria, won a silver medal in the men's individual pursuit on Day 3 at the Pan Am Track Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, giving Canada it's sixth medal of the competition. 

Lamoureux's time of four minutes, 16.950 seconds in the gold-medal final was 0.783 seconds behind Colombia's Eduardo Estrada.

Perfect record in omnium 

Canadian national champion Aidan Caves, of Vancouver, leads the men's omnium event with a perfect record of three wins in the scratch race, individual pursuit and elimination. Caves leads the standings going into Saturday's final three events with 120 points, followed by athletes from Argentina and Guatemala, both at 106 points.

"The goal today was three top rides and that's what I came away with," Caves said. "Not a bad start to the omnium, for sure."

World record set in men's sprint

Stefan Ritter set his second junior world record of the event in the men's sprint qualifying event, finishing fifth overall with a time of 9.738 seconds for the flying 200-metre time trail. The Edmonton native's time set a new junior world record on Day 2 of competition, a time of 1:00.578 in the 1,000m time trial among elite-aged riders, which was good for a bronze medal. Ritter moves on to the quarter-finals on Saturday. 

"It's definitely very exciting and a huge honour to break the world record," Ritter said.  "During the windup for the 200 my legs felt a little flat, but coming down the banking I felt really good.

"It just goes to show that your perception doesn't always let you know how good you are feeling."

The Pan Am Championships continue through Sunday, Oct. 9.

5 medals won on Days 1 and 2

Canada won three medals on Day 1 of the championships, and two on Day 2. 

On Thursday, two-time Olympic bronze medallist Jasmin Glaesser won bronze in the women's individual pursuit with a time of 3:30.942. The Canadian was 6.925 seconds behind Kelly Catlin of the United States, who took the gold medal. 

A Canadian development team also made the podium when  Ritter, Joel Archambault of Sainte-Christine, Que., and Patrice Pivin from Windsor, Que., finished third in the team sprint with a time of 44.299 seconds.  

The last medal of Day 1 was captured by the men's team pursuit, won by Lamoureux, Caves, Adam Jamieson of Barrie, Ont., and Ed Veal from Queensville, Ont. The team rode the 4,000m final against Colombia, setting a new Canadian record with a time of 3:59.931. Colombia's time of 3:55.362 was a Pan Am Championship record.

Day 2 brought in two more medals for the Canadian team. In addition to Ritter's bronze in the 1,000 metre time trial, the women's team pursuit development team captured gold over Mexico with a time of 4:21.741 seconds. Glaesser led the squad of Ariane Bonhomme of Gatineau, Que., Edmonton's Kinley Gibson and Jamie Gilgen from Dundas, Ont.   

"This is my first race with the [development] girls," said Glaesser, "and I was super impressed.  I knew they were strong, but to come here and ride a 4:21 is pretty fantastic, and I'm excited to see where this group is going."

With files from Cycling Canada

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