Yukon’s Bell wins national track title
Watson Lake cyclist Zach Bell is the Canadian king of both the road and track,
Watson Lake cyclist Zach Bell is the Canadian king of both the road and track, following his 2013 Canadian Track Championship win over the weekend.
The 30-year-old cyclist entered the championships in Dieppe, N.B. without any recent track-specific training and told the Star prior to competition that he would be relying on his fitness and experience to carry him.
“I think I am capable of winning a few titles, but there are some strong young riders and they are getting better every year,” he said.
In his first track competition since the 2012 London Olympics, Bell would win three elite-level omnium categories, including the 15-km points race, the 7.5-km scratch race, and the elimination race.
He would also finish second to Remi Pelletier Roy by less than a second in the four-km pursuit race, as well as claim third in the kilo race by the same margin.
The two-time Olympian is now racing in the inaugural Tour of Alberta before heading to Quebec for the UCI WorldTour races next week.
The Tour of Alberta features 15 professional cycling teams with more than 20 Canadian cyclists, including Bell, who won the Canadian Road Championships in Quebec this June.
Bell is competing in the six-day stage race with the Champion Systems Pro Cycling Team.
The race route will see the peloton cycle from Edmonton to Calgary.