5 years ago by Sam Wiebe

South of the Border Gold Rush

Catlin, Young and Beveridge Score Pan Am Gold

Last week, as the team dominated the Tour of Alberta, Rally Cycling riders were striking gold south of the border. Flying their nation's colors, Kelly Catlin, Eric Young and Allison Beveridge all powered to gold medals at the Pan American Track Championships in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago. Caitlin flew to victory in the Individual Pursuit and Young won the Points Race for the United States. Beveridge partnered with Stephanie Roorda to take the Madison for Canada.

“Being Pan American Champion in the individual pursuit is special because it's exactly that, individual,” said Catlin. “Most of what I do on the track is team-oriented, so riding and succeeding as an individual always serves as a bit of personal validation. The decisive moment in the pursuit was when I began to be able to see the opposing rider around the curve of the track. Once you see that you know it's game over.”

In addition to individual glory, Young partnered with Logan Owen, Danny Summerhill and Adrian Hegyvary to take silver in the Team Pursuit. While the top step of the podium was out of reach, the squad broke the American record that had stood since 1996.

“This was my first international track event,” said Young. “Having success early in both an individual event and the team pursuit gives me a lot of confidence going into the track World Cups and World Championships.”

Men’s Point’s Race
1. Eric Young
2. Antonio Roberto Torres
3. Edwin Alcibiades Avila

Men’s Team Pursuit
1. Canada
2. United States
3. Chile

Women’s Madison
1. Canada
2. United States
3. Mexico

Women’s Individual Pursuit
1. Kelly Catlin
2. Kinley Gibson
3. Mailin Sanchez