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Riley Pickrell and Sarah van Dam medalled at the cycling track nationals in Milton, ON last weekend.

Pickrell won six medals on the weekend including four golds and two silvers.

Van Dam picked up a single gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

They are both just 17-years-of-age.

Pickrell qualified for the national team for the 2019 Junior World Track Championships last August in Frankfurt, Germany,

In late January, van Dam joined Canada’s Next Gen U23 women’s cycling team, which includes Erin Attwell who is 20. They competed during the final round of the Track Cycling World Cup event in January.

At home, the athletes are members of the Tripleshot cycling club’s youth team.

The Milton event featured the most competitive youth track cyclists and para cyclists in Canada.

The event took place at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre last weekend for the 2019 Canadian Track Championships for U17, Junior and Para athletes.

A record 111 athletes from five provinces across Canada participated in the three day event, which began on Friday afternoon and continued through Sunday.

Under-17 and Junior (U19) women and men competed in the Individual Pursuit, Keirin, Scratch Race, Sprint, Points Race, Elimination Race, 500/1000-metre time trials, Madison (Junior only), plus the Team Pursuit and Team Sprint.  Para-cyclists competed across multiple categories for women and men in the Individual Pursuit, as well as the 1000 metre and 500 metre time trial.

Cyclist not only raced for the prestigious maple leaf jersey, but the event also served as part of the selection process for the team that will represent Canada at the Junior Track World Championships later in the year.

“Every year, this group of talented athletes deliver amazing performances during these Championships. It’s exciting to see the depth and the quality of the riders coming through our provincial systems. The presence of our Para athletes was another offering of great performances last weekend. Since Canada is one of the strongest para-cycling nations in the world,” said Mathieu Boucher, Head of Development and Operations at Cycling Canada.