For the second consecutive week, the consistently great Team Canada women’s team pursuit outfit earned a UCI track cycling World Cup bronze medal. Last week the accomplishment came in Cambridge, New Zealand and on Friday it was repeated in Brisbane, Australia. The Canadian men’s team pursuit squad was also in action on Friday.
Both teams had to qualify for the first round and Friday’s program started with the women’s quartets. Ariane Bonhomme, Jasmin Duehring, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Georgia Simmerling posted the fourth fastest time, 3.524 off of the New Zealand’s top time. This put Canada in the first round with the Kiwis.
The Canadians weren’t as fast as the Kiwis, but their time was good enough to get them into the bronze medal match against the U.S.A., who lost to the Aussies in Round 1. The Canadians beat the U.S.A. by over four seconds.
The Canadian men–Derek Gee, Vincent de Haitre, Adam Jamieson and Jay Lamoureux–posted the sixth fastest time out of 10 teams and were matched with Russia in Round 1. In that Heat 4 contest, Canada had to come back in the final kilometre to win, but a time of 3:53.879 wasn’t fast enough to continue to the medal rounds.
Canadians in action on Saturday are red hot Kelsey Mitchell and Lauriane Genest in the individual sprint, Hugo Barrette and Joel Archambault in the keirin, and Derek Gee in the omnium.