Team BC cyclists raced against the clock at Birds Hill Provincial Park on Tuesday, won two medals and posted multiple top 10 finishes at the Canada Summer Games.
In the women's 13-km time trial event, Gillian Ellsay (Courtenay) took gold ahead of racers from Quebec who won silver and bronze.
In the men's 21-km time trial, Jay Lamoureux (Victoria) won bronze. Cyclists from Quebec won gold and silver.
"We came here to train and get a few medals," said coach Richard Wooles (North Vancouver) following the races. "We've got lots of depth. For all of these young riders, it's something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It's a great day for Team BC."
Birds Hill Provincial Park also hosted cycling events at the 1999 Pan American Games.
Team BC Results
Road Cycling - Individual time trial female
Ellsay, Gillian (Courtenay) Gold Time: 18:59.00
Swan, Callie (Prince George) 6th Time: 19:45:00
Simonson, Holly Erica (Victoria) 12th Time: 20:22:00
Pauly, Brenna Keeley (Victoria) 14th Time: 20:51:00
Van Dam, Sarah (Victoria) 16th Time: 20:56:00
Team BC Results
Road Cycling - Individual time trial male
Lamoureux, Jay (Victoria) Bronze Time: 26:31.00
MacLeod, Chris (Vicotria) 7th Time 26:54.00
Katerberg, Ben (Courtenay) 8th Time 27:00.00
Armstrong, Brendan (Vancouver) 13th 27:27.00
Amiri, Alexander (Mill Bay) 14th 27:28.00
ELLSAY, Gillian (Courtenay) - Gold Individual time trial female
On winning gold
"It's really cool. This is my second Canada Games so getting the gold is pretty special."
On her race
"It was a goal to be top five. But I didn't really know what my form was exactly like coming here. My coach was standing on the side of the road yelling that I was five seconds up."
LAMOUREUX, Jay (Victoria) - Bronze Individual time trial male
On his race
"That's everything I had. I am just happy with the effort I gave out there. I am just really happy with that.
On racing time trials
"You see the rider ahead of you or behind you when you do the turnaround. Other than that, you have no idea where the rest of the field is at or what the top 10 is looking like. Ya, I heard the BC guys in the car honking and hollering and I saw the finish line up ahead, so I gave it everything I had."
On competing at the Canada Games
"This is my first multisport Games. I am hoping to go to the Commonwealth Game in 2018. I think is a good experience.I saw the women's and men's volleyball last night, so it was really cool to get out there and meet other athletes."
WOOLES, Richard (North Vancouver) - Coach
On the Canada Games experience for young athletes
"It's really good experience to come to a multisport games for these young athletes and to have the support from mission staff and others, it's just a whole learning experience and sets them up for a good career."