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Championship Weekend for PCC athletes

August 24, 2017

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Erik Diertens U19 Omnium Champion

PCC athletes competed in the BC Provincial Track Championships last weekend in Victoria and came away with some notable podium results including five championship titles.

The men’s team sprint with Alex Amiri, Chris MacLeod and Colin Fowlow claimed the BC title by .2 of a second. This was followed by another victory in the team pursuit with Erik Diertens joining Alex, Colin, and Chris.  “Friday's team events went very well. Both the team sprint and team pursuit were quick. Our splits were lower than planned during the team pursuit, which did well for our overall time but took a toll on my legs,” Colin said.

The next day was the flying 200m where Alex finished second. “In the omnium I placed sixth with a second place in the elimination race,” he said. “On Sunday we had match sprints, where I again finished second. But the last event the 4k individual pursuit I placed first ahead of some skilled riders.”

In addition to a gold in the team pursuit, Erik won the U19 omnium. “I was very excited and prepped for this year’s events like I've never been before. I'm happy to say my hard work with Houshang Amiri’s guidance paid off with the win in the U19 men's omnium and pursuit, while getting bronze or silver in every other event. I'm looking forward to bigger races in the future as I move into U23!”

Colin had a mixed day on the Saturday but came back on the Sunday. “I finished 5th in the match sprints and third in the kilo. I consider my kilo result fairly impressive because of a few mechanicals which forced me to restart. Keeping calm and focused were key. My first match sprint against Chris was probably my most enjoyable race of the weekend. It was a close finish with plenty of cat and mouse tactics near the end. Smiles were present on both faces until the final dash to the line.”

Masters athlete Mike Cooper was delighted with his podium performance – a silver medal in the 50+ sprint. “I was very pleased to achieve a silver medal. I had a hard day riding on Saturday and still had enough endurance to do well in the sprint tournament on Sunday. I haven't been on the podium for a few years and thanks to Houshang's coaching, I have had my best year for a long time. Houshang has me doing a balanced schedule of speed and endurance workouts - and the program is getting results.”

Fellow Masters athlete Renate Walton also reached the podium – twice – and she was thrilled considering it was “my first real track race.”  “What an exciting experience as I placed second in the 500M TT and in the 2000 Individual Pursuit. The members of the Dr. Walker Cycling team made me feel like I was part of the team which I really did appreciate, and of course I couldn't have raced as well as I did without the coaching of Houshang who is always there ready to support and guide you along the way.” Both Mike and Renate will now compete in the UCI World Masters Track Championships in Los Angeles in October.

Callie Swan and Holly Simonson continue to impress with a one-two win in the omnium, Callie collecting the provincial title and Holly the silver medal. “It was very successful for me which came as a bit of a surprise since I have spent very little time on the track since road season started back in March,” Callie said. She also came third in the keirin, second in the match sprints and in the individual pursuit. “I am very happy with my results as well as my performances in each race. I am looking forward to applying my new knowledge from the weekend via Houshang coaching and expertise at Track Nationals next month.”

“I had a ton of fun with the new omnium format, which features four different bunch races. In my opinion these are the most exciting part of track racing,” Holly said. “I was happy to come away from the weekend with the silver in the elite omnium, and also second in the elite keiren and third in the sprint tournament. I feel my biggest improvement this weekend was my tactical skills, which helped me achieve, despite struggling with a bit of a sickness. Having the support of all my training partners, my family, and of course coach Houshang was really what made provincials a success for me.”

Next on the calendar for PCC athletes is the Whistler Gran Fondo the weekend of September 9, and Track Nationals from September 27-30.



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