The ruthlessness of the upcoming generation of track cyclists came to the fore as they blasted five national records in a track meeting at the Mattamy National Cycling Center in April 2018. The records in both women and men’s junior categories were broken in a weekend of intense cycling action that also witnessed the International Para-cycling Challenge.

The records that fell in the early season meet include:

  • The U17 Men (Broken by Team Ontario’s Andrew Scott, Dylan Bibic, and Tyler Rorke.
  • U-17 Women (Smashed by another Team Ontario – Madison Dempster and Nicole Bradbury.
  • Junior Men (Broken by Team BC’s Riley Pickrell, Tyler Davies, and Ethan Ogrodniczuk.
  • U-17 500m time-trial (broken by Madison Dempster of Midweek Cycling ON.
  • U-17 Sprint 200m time-trial (shattered Madison Dempster of Midweek Cycling, ON.

The youngsters’ dominance and zeal as they rode to new showed a new level of hunger that is constituent of a new and achievement-driven track cyclists. It gives a great promise for Canada’s bid in dominating competitions on the world stage. it is also an indicator of continuously improving racing equipment, especially the bike technology.

Even as the nation prospers, there has to be a special mention of Ontario. All but one of the record smashers were from Ontario, with the state topping title standings with 19. British Columbia was a not-so-close second with 14 titles. CNN ranked Montreal was nowhere to be seen.

The April performances have already set a high bar for racing across all other disciplines for the rest of 2018. That the record breakers are themselves young riders of as little as fourteen years is cause for even greater excitement.

Cycling Canada, the country’s national cycling association, will be excited by the prospect of presenting a strong team to the world. They will, however, be concerned by Ontario’s dominance of the national team and might just start thinking of ways to replicate this brilliance in other areas.