June 28, 2022
For the first time since 2010, the Nationals are back in Edmonton, AB. A weekend out west full of road races through Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city, ended with a big success for Ontario as Michael Foley added a Gold medal to the collection by winning the criterium on Monday afternoon.
While Team Ontario arrived a couple of days earlier to set up camp in the country’s oil capital, the goal was set – getting back into road racing after two years of a break, preparing for the upcoming Canadian Summer Games and bringing home some hardware.
Time Trial on Thursday
On June 23rd, the Time Trial took place. All categories were scheduled for the day, and Team Ontario was ready to race. Shelley Gautier (TT 1st), Alex Hyndman (TT 1st), Thuy Do (TT 3rd) and Joey Desjardins (TT 3rd) collected the first medals for Team Ontario. Ava Holmgren added a bronze medal to the collection when she placed third with 23:44.7 in the Junior Women’s category. Vanessa Montrichard (NCCH) and Nora Linton (Attack Racing) placed 4th and 5th.
Carson Mattern followed up on Track success when he placed second in 41:15.7 in Junior Men’s. Gavin Hadfield (Toronto Hustle) placed 4th. Emily Marcolini (3T/Q+M Team) placed 5th in the Elite category. It was Derek Gee (Israel Cycling Team) who received the golden crown when he finished first in the Elite category (58:18.9), followed by Matteo Dal-Cin (Toronto Hustle) with a time of 59:10.4.
Road Race on Saturday
Only two days later, Joey Desjardins (RR 1st) and Alex Hyndman (RR 3rd) found themselves on the podium again. Thuy Do placed 4th, and Shelley Gautier came in one lap behind. In the Junior Men’s race Gavin Hadfield (Toronto Hustle) and Carson Mattern placed second and third in the Road Race. At the same time, Kiara Lylyk (Road 2nd) kept up the Ontario Flag on the Podium in the Junior Women’s race. Benjamin Perry with WIV SUNGOD placed 3rd.
Criterium on Monday
Monday’s criterium was the last race at the 2022 Nationals. Kiara Lylyk and Charles Bergeron with Team Ontario impressed by placing 4th and 5th in these races. One week after winning Preston Street, Michael Foley continued his criterium winning streak by capturing gold in the 2022 Canadian Championships Criterium Race.