Being in Holland is always a pleasure. The Dutch are kind, helpful, and respectful to us Canucks. I feel proud to come to a country and race with the Maple Leaf on my back knowing that Canada was instrumental to liberating the Dutch during WWII. Our hotel is situated across from a commemorative monument of The Man With Two Hats.
As some of you out there may know, the Canadian Track Team was stationed here last year before racing the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was great to come back to a familiar place, one in which I enjoy quite dearly.
This year’s worlds was unique in many ways. Our Canadian Track Team has grown many times its original size from a few years ago; women’s team pursuit almost doubling. We had development riders joining us just for the experience (Jasmin) and a brand new men’s team sprint. A reigning 2-time World Champion. We had 13 staff and I would like to thank each and every one of them. They took care of everything for us so all we had to do was focus on preparing for and racing at the World Championships.
The Canadian Track Cycling group is truly something special and packed full of good people. I have never seen cycling in Canada rise to this sort of level before.
Clara Hughes has now joined our Women’s Team Pursuit program and so we held trials a few days out from racing to determine who would be on the start line. The team that was picked to race was: Tara Whitten, myself, and Clara Hughes. Having to choose an alternate is never easy, but now with four women on the WTP, we need to determine who would ride each race from now on. The accomplishments at the World Cups and last years Worlds and the experience I have gained racing on WTP and training with Steph Roorda over the past couple of years has been invaluable and it was hard to see her sit this one out.
There were 16 teams competing in the women’s team pursuit, with Great Britain winning with a time of 3:23.419. We placed 6th with a time of 3:27.255. I was hoping we would qualify for medal rounds and improve upon last years time and placing – but 6th in the World the year before the Olympics is a motivating place to be. We have a lot of work to do, but I feel that we are on the cusp on getting it right and breaking Canadian records once again.
I want to thank everyone for all their support during the 2010-2011 track cycling season!!
And, as always, some pictures for your enjoyment:
I also a couple pictures from 2010 in Apeldoorn that I would like to share since I was not Blogging back then:
Check out this video Adam Duvendeck (Sprint Coach) and Steve Sleep (Videographer Extraordinaire) whipped together:
Next stop: Amsterdam to see the sights. Then soon after (back) to Colombia, but this time to Medellin for the annual Pan American Cycling Championships.