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Canada conquers Lima and takes first place in the 2022 Elite Pan American Track

Canada’s excellence in each event was embodied in the 23 medals (13 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze) it won at the 2022 Pan American Elite Track Championships in Lima, hosted by the Peruvian Cycling Federation at the VIDENA Legacy headquarters velodrome.

The Canadian team took first place in the competition, which was attended by 200 athletes, including men and women, from 19 countries. They did not let up for five days of competition at the impressive Legacy Velodrome, unique in the country and recognized on the continent as it is approved by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Canada’s first gold medal was won by the women’s sprint team, made up of Olympic champions Kelsey Mitchell, Sarah Orbam and Laurian Genest, who clocked 47.968 seconds, less than the triad of Mexico (48.044) and Colombia (48.451).

Then the Canadian team confirmed its high level, leaving behind Trinidad and Tobago (second place with 7 medals), Colombia (third place with 15 medals), USA (fourth place with 5 medals), Barbados (fifth place with 3 medals). ), Brazil (sixth place with 2 medals), Mexico (seventh place with 9 medals), Suriname (eighth place with 1 medal) and Venezuela (ninth place with 1 medal).

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Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell, Colombia’s Martha Bayona in the 500m time trial, Trinidadian Paul Nicholas in the sprint and Teniel Campbell, another icon of cycling in Trinidad and Tobago in recent years, put on a special performance.

“I leave Lima happy because I have achieved my goal. I felt very good riding one of the best velodromes in the world, it’s spectacular. I look forward to returning soon and meeting all the best in our sport,” said Kelsey Mitchell.


Following the awards ceremony, Legado presented the Pan American Cyclist Confederation with recognition and support for a project to transform the Legado Velodrome into a World Cycling Auxiliary Training Centre.

“From Legado, we are giving all our support to the Peruvian Cycling Federation to make the Legado Videna Headquarters Velodrome become an International Cycling Union (UCI) accredited subsidiary cycling training center because we are ready for cyclists from all over the world to come to train here ”, assured Federico Tong, chief executive of Legado.

He also added that the modern Velodrome will host the Pan American Junior Cycling Championship later this year, thus confirming the country’s conditions and superiority as a host country with a first-class sports infrastructure.

In this sense, the president of the Pan American Cycling Confederation, José Manuel Pelaez, highlighted the level of management and coordinated work between Legado, the Peruvian Cycling Federation, as organizer; and the Peruvian Sports Institute (IPD) to promote international events, increase the growth and development of national sports.

“Part of our plan is to make the cycling world championship work hand in hand with Legado. So far, we have managed to host the Pan American Junior Cycling Championship. We are the first country to host three major events in two consecutive years. The presence of housing, a biomedical doctor, a competition track and much more in VIDENA itself helps delegations to come to our country for safe competitions,” concluded the President of the Peruvian Cycling Federation, Gustavo Matus.

Legado’s mission is to guarantee citizens quality infrastructure and services. It also works hand in hand with various sports federations and organizations to promote high performance and position Peru as a world sports hub.

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