Cyclists come up flat in Olympic trial

Canada’s Men’s Team Sprint squad narrowly missed an Olympic qualification, finishing 11th at the 2012 UCI Track World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

The Canadian sprint team of Joseph Veloce of Fonthill, Travis Smith of Calgary, AB, and Hugo Barrette of Sherbrooke, QC posted a time of 45.192 seconds in this last Olympic qualifying race.

“We were planning to come here and get a Top 10. I felt like I had a pretty bad last lap, said Smith. “This year we were dealing with a lot of new guys, and I had an injury in August where I was in the Intensive Care Unit for a week. The race here wasn’t horrible. We have room to improve.”

Unfortunately for the Canadians, their main competitor for the last Olympic spot, Venezuela, placed ahead, taking the eighth place to secure their berth for the 2012 Olympic Games.