Canadian Olympic cyclist Kelsey Mitchell traveled with her country’s delegation to the modern velodrome at the Videna Legacy headquarters to begin her training sessions, to continue honing her version of America’s best cyclist, with a single Goal: Win Gold at the Elite Pan American Track Championship Lima 2022.
The competition, which will take place from August 10 to 14, will bring together 200 athletes, men and women, from 19 countries. They will compete in the eleven track events at the imposing Legado velodrome, unique in the country and recognized on the continent because it is approved by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
“We like to come to Latin America and compete with different countries that we are not used to. It will be great because Canada came with a strong team, looking to win the most medals and therefore score points in the ranking“said Kelsey Mitchell.
After winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the 28-year-old cyclist will seek to endorse the good sporting moment she is experiencing and, as she said, she is convinced to win back Lima, three years later. to climb to the top. .on the podium at the last Pan American Games.
“I love this velodrome, I have great memories here from the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. I’m very excited to be back and get out on the track to race. This velodrome is amazing, the venue too”, he added.
Legado executive director Federico Tong Hurtado said he was proud that Peru attracted this type of international tournament. “Our country will always have its doors open to welcome sports delegations who come to compete in an atmosphere of brotherhood and great discipline. With these activities, Peru is positioning itself as a center sports in the world.
The best of heritage
Without a doubt, the international event will be special for Kelsey Mitchell as she will once again test her skills against the cyclists with the best position in the ranking world, like the Colombian Martha Bayona, champion of the Bolivarian Games Valledupar 2022; Trinidadian Nicholas Paul, gold medalist at the 2022 Commonwealth Games; among others.
The participating countries of the Pan American Elite Track Lima 2022 are: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, United States, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.
The delegations of Canada and the United States arrive in Peru for the first time with their complete teams, which raises the level of the event organized by the Peruvian Cycling Federation.
The various delegations will stay at the Atlético stadium hostel, located at the Videna Legacy headquarters, guaranteeing the sanitary bubble and the comfort of the cyclists to travel with their equipment each day of competition.
Canada was the first delegation to take up residence at the Legacy Inn, then the United States joined, with a group of 11 cyclists, led by strategist Erin Hartwell, Olympic medalist at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996.
Legado offers athletes a first-class infrastructure, both for competitions and training and for the accommodation service. The Videna velodrome is one of the most modern on the continent; It was renovated for the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games and can accommodate 1,516 people.
Legado’s mission is to guarantee quality infrastructure and services to citizens. Likewise, it works hand in hand with various sports federations and organizations, for the promotion of high performance and the positioning of Peru as center of world sport.
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