Canada concludes paracycling track worlds with five medals

Tristen Chernove claims rainbows on the final day as Canada put up a strong performance in Apeldoorn

March 17th, 2019 by | Posted in News | Tags: ,

Tristen Chernove capped off a successful paracycling track world championships for Canada in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands on Saturday taking a gold medal in the scratch race. Canada left the championships with five medals.

Chernove, a multiple-time medallist at the paralympics and paracycling world championships, won the world championship rainbow stripes in the C2 category scratch race on Saturday. The Cranbrook, B.C. native earned a silver medal in the individual pursuit on Thursday and a bronze in the 1,000 metre time trial on Friday.

Additionally, Chernove topped the standings in the omnium which was a test event with it possibly included in the 2024 Paralympics.

“It was a super fun day,” said Chernove after his three medal championships. “I always love bunch racing, so this is the event I was most excited about. To come away with a victory in the scratch, I feel thrilled. It was a great race that finished in a bunch sprint, and to take home the jersey for the scratch was my goal coming here. And to win the omnium was a bonus.”

Kelly Shaw added to Canada’s haul with her first career world championship medal, winning silver in the C4 individual pursuit behind a world record-setting ride by Australian Emily Petricola.

“I really excited for the outcome,” said Shaw. “I don’t think any of us were expecting this, so when I realized I was racing for the world title, I was super excited.”

Marie-Claude Molnar was fourth and finished third in the omnium standings. As in Chernove’s case, the omnium was a test and not medal event.

In the C1 individual pursuit on Thursday, Ross Wilson of Sherwood Park, Alta. won the bronze medal. On Saturday, he who was fifth in the C1 men’s scratch race to finish third in the omnium standings.

“It was a very good worlds for us. If we include the omnium podiums, we tied our best worlds ever,” said Sebastian Travers, para head coach at Cycling Canada. “This is great to see in our athletes, one year away from the Paralympic Games. Although we haven’t put everything together for peak performances, I happy to see how everyone worked together as a team.

“We developed a four year mission plan following Rio and we continue to progress according to this plan. We are confident that this will lead to key performances in Tokyo 2020.”