Track cyclist Jay Lamoureux of Oak Bay is representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Rob Jones photo Track cyclist Jay Lamoureux of Victoria is representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Rob Jones photo

Lamoreux on track for Canada at Commonwealth Games

Victoria’s Jay Lamoreux spinning on road, track at Games

Competing in track and distance running for Oak Bay High, Jay Lamoreux knew he had the lungs.

But it wasn’t until he switched tracks, from the Jack Wallace Memorial at Oak Bay High to the Westshore Velodrome, that Lamoreux found his way in cycling.

The 22-year-old will represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in both track and road cycling, starting with the men’s 4,000-metre team (four-person) pursuit on April 4 at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Gold Coast. He’ll then lineup along side some of the world’s best for the (road cycling) individual time trial on April 10 and the road race on April 15.

For Lamoreux it’s the latest world-class event, as he’s competed for Canada on the World track cycling tour and with national road cycling development program, team Race Clean. In early March Lamoreux helped Canada to a best-ever eighth place finish in the men’s team pursuit at the World Track Cycling Championships held in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

“Eighth is a big accomplishment for us with so many good nations, and so much ground to make up,” Lamoreux said. “Our goal was to hit top-8, to hit a four minute time, and we did that.”

Following the World Championships Lamoreux and the national team held a training block in Calp, Spain. It’s a chance to immerse in the culture of pro cycling, he said.

“Every ride you’re out on you see three or four pro teams training, it’s great to be part of.”

For Lamoreux, the future is a choice between two roads. Choose track cycling and follow a dream of competing at the Olympics, or sign with a domestic continental team and chase a career in the pro peloton. To do both concurrently is not an option, as the seasons don’t compliment each other.

“Competing at the Commonwealth Games has been a goal and a dream of mine, it is a stepping stone on the way to the Olympics, a way to check-in and see how you’re doing against the rest of the world,” Lamoreux said. “It’s another chance to get a large games under your belt, I’ll take a lot away from it.”

Training all year round would the leave the rider fatigued. Currently, his affiliation with the national track cycling team does include some additional road racing and training with Race Team Clean. Mostly, Lamoreux is based out of a house with the rest of his team pursuit teammates in Milton, Ont.

“I’ve had offers, certainly I’ve considered going with a continental team,” said Lamoreux, who raced for Trek Red Truck two years ago. “With track cycling you’re peaking in the winter, which is when road cyclists are taking time off to recover.”

Otherwise, he can be seen chasing the best Strava times for local hills here in Victoria.

One thing about the Commonwealth Games is the absence of a great number of top cycling nations.

That said, the host country is loading its national cycling team with pro talent. Team Canada will dodge one bullet, as Australian time trial specialist Rohan Dennis (BCM Racing), a former Commonwealth Games silver medal winner, won’t be there. However, 2016 Paris-Roubaix winner Matt Hayman will be, and so will Hayman’s UCI World Tour teammates Alex Edmund son (Australian national champion) and Cam Meyer from pro team Mitchelton-Scott, as well as Mitch Docker of Ryder Hesjedal’s former team Education First-Drapac (known previously as Garmin-Slipstream).

It’s a big stage for a kid who got into the sport through some summer touring with his dad, some races in the School Bike League and some fall cycle cross. He credits Lister Farrar at the local Tripleshot Cycling club for introducing him to the competitive side of the sport.

It got serious when he joined the Westshore Velodrome’s FastTrack program led by 1992 track cycling Olympian Kurt Innes.

Following the Commonwealth Games Lamoreux will return to Fairfield on May 5. Look for him to chase some of the popular local Strava times such as the Observatory and Mount Douglas.

reporter@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

North Cowichan will host new permanent rowing centre starting October 2020

Saanich’s bid for national rowing centre at Elk Lake sunk

Firefighters save two dogs in Oak Bay house fire

Home saved, but damages could hit $100k

Sooke lottery winner has come forward

The $1 million ticket was sold in Sooke for Lotto 6/49

Saanich entrepreneurs face off against the Dragons on television

Dragons Den segment featuring Endur Apparel business partners airs Jan. 24

BC Transit unveiling real time bus tracking and stop notifications in Victoria

New display system will allow customers to see and hear upcoming bus stop information

Giant rotating ice disk forms in Maine river

Ice disk that is roughly 100 yards wide has formed in the Presumpscot River

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

B.C.-based mining company worker abducted in Burkina Faso

Government officials in that West African nation say Canadian was kidnapped by suspected extremists

Liberal candidate steps aside after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

SUV wedged on top of car in B.C. mall parking lot has customers confused

The accident occurred Tuesday, no injuries were reported

Tom Lavin and the Powder Blues Band among acts to perform at Comox Valley’s Winterfest

Participating hotels offering half-price “ski & stay” packages

May government faces no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would stay put in her leadership role

Vancouver Island soccer player a first-round major-league draft pick

Callum Montgomery goes fourth overall to FC Dallas in MLS SuperDraft

Most Read