Jasmin Glaesser, Allison Beveridge win gold, bronze in road race
Guillaume Boivin captures bronze in men's event at Pan Ams
Jasmine Glaesser and Allison Beveridge won the gold and bronze medal respectively, in the women's cycling road race Saturday afternoon at the Pan Am Games.
Glaesser posted a time of 2:07:17, just edging out Cuba's Marlies Mejias to win the gold.
Glaesser's gold medal is her fourth medal of the games. The 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist won a gold in the women's team pursuit in cycling track, a silver in the women's omnium, and a silver in the road cycling time trial.
"I'm definitely exhausted, but this has been an amazing experience and a fantastic way to cap off an amazing two weeks here in Toronto," Glaesser said.
The 23-year old, who was born in Germany, but resides in Vancouver, was a part of the team pursuit track cycling medal in London.
Beveridge posted a time of 2:07:51, beating out Cuba's Arlenis Sierra just at the line to take home bronze. The 22-year-old was also a member of the track cycling team pursuit gold team with Glaesser.
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"The bar was definitely set high here pretty much from Day 1 with BMX and mountain biking," Glaesser said.
"All the athletes rose to that pressure. All the track cyclists won medals out on the track really proving what having a facility and having that little extra support does for a program. That's the kind of momentum we're going to build on in the next year going into Rio."
Canada's cyclists produced one medal — a women's team pursuit bronze — at the the 2012 Olympics Games in London. Glaesser was a member of that team alongside Gillian Carleton and Tara Whitten.
Glaesser has won team pursuit medals at the world track championships as well as silver and bronze in the points race, but Saturday's victory she believes was her first international gold medal in an individual race.
"I was trying to remember the last time I won a bike race, crossed the line first, and I can't tell you when that was so it's the first race I've won in a really long time," she said. "I couldn't think of a better place to do it than right here in Toronto in front of a home crowd.
"The biggest thing to take from this is really being able to showcase what we do in front of our home crowd."
Bronze for Boivin
The men's 165-kilometre race finished with a furious four-man sprint. Guillaume Boivin, from Longueuil, Que., was edged by winner Venezuela's Miguel Ubeto Aponte and silver medallist American Eric Marcotte after three hours 46 minutes of riding.
Boivin's bronze in the men's road race later Saturday gave the Canadian cycling team a combined 20 Pan Am medals, including 11 gold, in mountain, BMX, track and road.