2016 Junior Track Nationals: Sarah Van Dam

Last weekend I returned from Junior Track nationals in Milton, Ontario. I was racing in the U-17 category, with a small but competitive field of girls. I arrived in Milton on the 28th to adjust to the three hour time change and get a feel for the track. The racing began on Friday with team events. I got together with a girl from Quebec to race the team sprint, after my BC team mate got a concussion a  week prior to Nationals. We put down a killer time, qualifying first for finals. Just a few hours later we raced for gold, crossing the finish first to become the U-17 Canadian Team Sprint Champions. Saturday morning was the start of individual events. I shocked myself by putting down all my personal best times and collapsed at the end of almost each race. Sunday was the final day of racing, with lots of group races. I started becoming more aggressive with attacking and taking control of the races. As my coach says, I am often a more conservative rider, I like to follow things and not necessarily initiate things, so this was completely new to me. I was attacking and following every move making sure no one got away, making the races much more eventful and fun!  I put everything out on the track last weekend, and it definitely payed off. I learned so much about racing and I can’t wait to use that experience for all my upcoming races.


  • Team Sprint National Champion
  • Individual Persuit National Champion
  • Match Sprint National Champion
  • 500m National Champion
  • Scratch race National Champion
  • 4th in Points Race




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