So the Canadian Women's Team Pursuit team just won the gold medal at the 3rd World Cup event of the season in Guadalajara, Mexico. Why is this important? Because they have continued to build upon their London Olympic bronze medal success and have now five riders ready to compete at the top level of the sport, a very important element to the long term success in this four rider event.
After the London Games, the women's team pursuit distance increased from 3 kilometres with 3 riders, to 4 kilometres and 4 starting riders. Similar to the men's event, the women's team must finish with 3 riders so team work and smooth transitions are very important to a fast time. I really applaud the distance increase as it has been needed for some time and it also allows national teams to include more women on the team pursuit program. At the moment, Canada has five women who are racing at the top level, allowing them to create the best 4 rider team for any given event. Since each rider also has road racing commitments, it is great to have versatility in choosing the fittest and freshest riders.
Here are some videos of the #2 stop on the 2014 World Cup circuit and some BMX racing! Get out there and join your local cycling community. There are many friendly clubs that are excited to meet you. #choose a dream, and go for it!
Congratulations to Steph Roorda, Laura Brown, Jasmin Glaesser, Alison Beveridge and Gillian Carleton.
Women's Bronze Medal in China 2013 World Cup