ZACH BELL TAKES
THE SILVER MEDAL AT TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Track rider bounces back from disappointing
result in 2011 to win silver months out of Olympic Games
(Melbourne, AUS – April 6, 2012) Canadian versatile
cyclist and international track star Zach Bell, a rider
from Watson Lake, Yukon who currently resides in North
Vancouver, BC won the silver medal in the men’s
omnium at the 2012 UCI Track World Championships.
The silver medal comes a day after Canada won two medals
in the women’s team pursuit and points races,
adding to the Canadian medal tally now at three.
Bell, who is part of professional cycling squad Team
SpiderTech but races track event with Team Canada, was
sitting in second place of the overall standing as he
entered the second day of competition.
As the day started, Bell posted the second fastest time
of the Individual Pursuit, crossing the line with a
time of 3:20.371, before finishing in second place of
the 100-lap points race.
The suspense at the Melbourne velodrome drew bigger
as, with two consecutive second places, Bell jumped
to the first place of the overall standings tied with
Australian and home crowd favorite rider Glenn O’Shea,
with just one event to go – the 1-kilometre time
As the last ride of the day unfolded, Bell posted the
eighth fastest time of the groupn—1:04.216, and
unfortunately for the Canadian track star, O’Shea
was the fastest of the two, posting a time of 1:03.042
to win the World title.
Bell, who won the omnium silver medal at the 2009 edition
of these World Championships, has been a consistent
and performing rider at international events in the
grueling events. Since the omnium has been presented
at UCI World Cups and World Championships, Bell climbed
on the podium in each but one of the events in which
he took part. In 2011, Bell was crowned the UCI World
Cup Tour Champion, a title that is awarded to the best
overall rider of the entire season, but had failed to
win a World Championships medal.
This season, Bell competed at two UCI World Cup events
–Cali, Colombian and London, GBR–, and stepped
on the podium at both events.
With a ticket to the 2012 Games secured for the men’s
omnium, Bell can now focus on his training plan and
preparations for optimal performance. Bell will carry
with him some valuable Olympic experience in the next
four months, as the only rider on the current National
Team showing Olympic Games experience. At the 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing, Bell came in seventh of the points
“We are extremely proud of this well deserved
silver medal by Zach bell, as well as the two medals
won by the women’s team pursuit and the points
race. We have invested significant efforts and energies
in our programs targeted by Own The Podium, such as
the omnium and the women’s team pursuit,”
said Jacques Landry, Director of High Performance for
the Canadian Cycling Association.”
“Canada is enjoying remarkable success with its
track program, as well as with our other disciplines.
With only four months to go before the Olympic Games,
we are confident our riders are among the best in the
In the men’s sprint, Canada did not fare as well
as hoped. Joseph Veloce of Fonthill, ON and Travis Smith
of Calgary, AB, who both raced the men’s team
sprint on Wednesday, placed in the 34th and 41st respectively
in the qualifiers, and did not advance to the elimination
Tara Whittenof Edmonton, AB also began her day of racing
in the women’s omnium race. Whitten, the two-time
defending World Champion, is currently sitting in eighth
place of the event, after three races.
The 2012 UCI World Championships in Melbourne continues
tomorrow with the conclusion of the women’s omnium,
as well as the women’s keirin, in which Canadian
rider and 2012 Panamerican Champion Monique Sullivan
of Calgary will participate with the objectives to solidify
her Olympic spot.
Full results and live timing of the event can be found
or by visiting www.uci.ch.