After a nine-medal performance at the Rio Paralympic Games last year, Canada’s Para cyclists pedalled to more triumphs at the world road championships which concluded on Sunday September 3.
Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, B.C., capped the impressive showing with gold in the C2 60.7 kilometre road race on Sunday. It was his second win of the competition as Canada finished with five gold, a silver and a bronze.
“It’s been a dream come true kind of a season,” admitted Chernove, a triple medallist in Rio. “This was my first road worlds and I had high expectations. I’ve worked really hard since Rio without taking a break, training and racing, and came here more relaxed and prepared, and it paid off.”
Earlier in the competition, Chernove reigned supreme in the C2 23.3 kilometre race, clocking 35:32.72 seconds for his fifth career world crown.
“It was wonderful to win [today],” said Chernove, after his first gold medal. “What strikes me most today is how ideally set the atmosphere is amongst this amazing Canadian team. Everything about the cohesion of this team is geared towards success, and we are seeing it across the board with all our great results.
”I’m loving it.”
Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach at Cycling Canada, was pleased with the results.
“It’s been a very successful world championships on all performances,’’ he said. ‘’We have athletes who are stepping up their games, and we have athletes coming out of a post-Paralympic season and getting their groove back together.”