Alison Jackson will be swapping the pink for red and white for the next 365 days. She won the national road championships on Sunday, beating Olivia Baril and Simone Boilard (and under-23 winner, Sarah van Dam). The women raced 12 laps, or 129.6 km, and after many breakaway attempts, it came down to a sprint. Jackson’s kick proved to be unbeatable as she took a fine win.
The Alberta rider won the title in 2021 in both the road race and the time trial, which gave her a ride to the Olympics. She finished 32nd at the Tokyo games, and went on to take 6th at the world championships.
She lost her maple-leaf crown in 2022, and was clearly keen to take it back in Edmonton. This year has been a good one for her, with her incredible Paris-Roubaix win in April, the first Canadian to ever do so.
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After the race, She spoke about how it all went down, and what’s next for her.
With files from Barry Lyster