04.11.11 - DAILY REPORT: JUNIOR
PAN-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 1
Canada’s team arrive
in Mar Del Plata, Argentina after a long journey
(Ottawa, ON – April 11, 2011) The 10-member team
from Canada arrived in Mar del Plata Argentina to contest
the Junior Pan Am Championships, after 36 hours of travel.
The team went to the Velodrome to build their bikes
and get 40 minutes of spinning on the quite fast concrete
Monday’s two hours track session was marred by
a crash by one of the members of the team pursuit squad.
A little road rash was cleaned up and training continued.
Team spirits are high and all the athletes are looking
forward to the start of racing. The competition begins
at 11am on Tuesday morning with the men’s team
sprint and women’s individual pursuit.
Here is the first of the daily athletes report.
Kyle Buckosky – Surrey BC
After 36 hours of glorious traveling we arrived in Mar
Del Plata Argentina. My first thoughts were that this
city looks similar to my hometown of Surrey, BC except
there are no stop signs and dogs roam free in the streets.
Then we arrived at the hotel, the hotel was awesome,
the rooms were clean and fresh and the beds were very
comfortable just like home. Then we embarked on our
first trip to the velodrome to build our bikes. We took
a cab which was actually quite scary. The driving is
a lot different from home. Our cab driver spoke a little
English and he said that the bigger, faster cars always
have the right away. These are very scary and hectic
driving conditions. The team arrived at the velodrome
only to find out that the bikes have not arrived from
Buenos Aries. So we just walked around the track and
checked it out. It looked pretty awesome. After another
cab ride we went back to the hotel to have a team meal.
It felt wonderful to sleep in a bed after trying to
sleep on that airplane.
The next day we went to the velodrome, built our bikes
and had our first ride on the track. My first impression
was that this track was very smooth and it was a little
windy because it was outside. After a nice track ride
to get out the jet lag, we went back to the hotel for
a nice lunch with a questionable cold scrambled egg
desert, which nobody really liked. After lunch we went
back to the track for an afternoon session. During this
session Jesse and I practiced some Madison exchanges
and Emile, Alex and I did some team pursuit practice.
This was a solid first day of race prep. This being
my first project with the CCA, I was quite excited and
I am looking forward to doing many more projects with
the CCA it’s so fun and I am learning a lot, and
they are bringing me closer to my lifelong dream of
being a professional cyclist. Thanks to Rob, Howard,
Sara, and everyone else at the CCA who made this trip