Two PCC riders participated in the BC Track Championships this past weekend at the Burnaby velodrome – Tristan Drews and Amiel Flett-Brown.
This is Tristan’s first year as a junior rider and he started track training late summer in Victoria. In Burnaby he competed in the Scratch race, Points race, Individual Pursuit, Kilo 1000m ITT and the Omnium finishing second in all of them.
“At the track provincial championships there was only three male Junior riders so they ended up racing in the elite male category,” said PCC head coach Houshang Amiri. “While this wasn’t an ideal situation, this did open up a new opportunity to race with the best in BC in track cycling including some National team members. This was a steep learning curve for Tristan with less focus on results, and more on gaining experience and to know the pace and skills he needs to work on in the coming months and years.”
“While navigating the velodrome’s twists and turns, I got a glimpse of the art of track cycling,” Tristan said. “Figuring out how to cut through the wind without losing speed, riding elbow-to-elbow with fellow cyclists in the pack taught me that split decisions in your position can make or break a race. Provincials showed me that strategy is just as vital as raw power.”
Tristan’s next race is the Junior Track Nationals Championship in Sylvan Adams Velodrome, Bromont, Quebec at the end of March 2024.
Amiel had a good event finishing second in the Points race, fifth in the Scratch and seventh in the Omnium.