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Micaiah Besler on Worlds Junior Track Team

July 27, 2018

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Micaiah and Houshang. Photo PCC.



Pacific Cycling Centre’s Micaiah Besler will be representing Canada at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Switzerland next month. She is the only one on the nine-person squad returning from last year’s team.

Micaiah was the 2017 Junior National Track Champion winning five medals. PCC head coach, Houshang Amiri, saw the talent in the Saskatoon rider in 2016. “She enrolled into the Saskatchewan Cycling Association HP program I was running with Sask Cycling in 2016,” Amiri says. At the Junior National Track Championships, her five medals included two national titles – the first ever Saskatchewan cyclist to achieve this on track. She won Gold in the Madison and Team Pursuit, Silver in the Points race and Bronze in the Team Sprint and Elimination Race.

Amiri explained that the 2018 U18 Track World Championship selection was different than past year’s. “The long list was selected at the track nationals in early April. then selection camp in early June and the final camp in July. This required Micaiah to travel a lot between Saskatoon and Milton, where the selection was made, and Victoria where she did most of her training and preparations.”

“Micaiah worked very hard over the winter months doing wind-trainer workouts while finishing school in Saskatoon. She traveled to Victoria every opportunity she could to train with PCC Victoria-based athletes.”

Micaiah is currently at a pre-Worlds camp at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario, until August 10th, before leaving for Switzerland. The competition runs from August 15-19 in Aigle.

 


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