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Two Canadians selected for first two track cycling World Cup rounds

Canada contesting only omniums in Minsk and Glasgow

The 2019-2020 UCI track cycling World Cup gets underway this weekend in Minsk, Belarus, with the second round close on its heels next weekend in Glasgow, Scotland. Cycling Canada has selected different duos for each round, contesting only the omnium.

Maggie Coles-Lyster and Michael Foley get the call for Belarus, while Allison Beveridge and Derek Gee were picked for Scotland.

Kris Westwood, Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director, said, “We’re taking a strategic approach to this year’s World Cups, which are part of the final phase of Olympic qualification. It’s a long season, and the biggest performance target is the worlds at the end of February, so our team pursuit and sprint squads will be skipping the first two World Cups and focusing on the December events. The focus in Minsk will be on development, with Maggie and Michael gaining valuable World Cup experience. Glasgow will be more about the results so we’ll be lining up our top omnium riders, Alison and Derek.”

Last year Beveridge came second overall in the women’s omnium after a second in Cambridge, New Zealand and third in London. She was also part of the team pursuit outfit that came fifth overall and earned third in the madison with Stephanie Roorda. Gee’s team pursuit squad took a second and third as well.

There are three World Cups in late November to mid-December then a big gap to the final round in Milton. This year’s World Championships begin in late-February in Berlin.

2019-2020 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Minsk, Belarus, 1-3 November 2019
Glasgow, Scotland, 8-10 November 2019
Hong Kong, 29 November-1 December 2019
Cambridge, New Zealand, 6-8 December 2019
Brisbane, Australia, 13-15 December 2019
Milton, Canada, 24-26 January 2020

2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Berlin, Germany, 26 February-March 1, 2020