Tough morning for the two Canadian Junior Men in the race of truth at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Copenhaguen, Denmark.
Yohan Patry clocked a time of 8:22 over the 27.8 kilometer course, to finish in 32nd position at 2:02 from the winner Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark).
“I’m very tired.” Patry said. “The race was very difficult and quite a long time trials at 27 km. I think I could have done a better race. The wind was definitely a big challenge. I’m not an extremely heavy and powerful rider, so the headwind was tough. In the turns, the wind gusts almost forced me off my bike a few times.”
Patry also represented Canada at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Germany in January this year. In his second cross race in Europe, Patry finished 35th overall.
For Patry, Worlds was a chance to experience and learn from racing the best once again. “The level of competition is much higher here than at home. This is not the same type of racing that we’re used to, and really difficult. We raced in four races in Belgium before arriving in Copenhagen to prepare for these Worlds. The ‘inter-club’ races have been difficult, and here it is even more difficult than what we saw. Participating in the Worlds has sure been a different experience. Much has been learned.”
Canadian Junior Time Trial Champion Alex Cataford suffered from mechanical issues to finish in 53rd position, at 4:17 down.
“Unfortunately, I had mechanical issues with my rear wheel at the start, which forced me to do two bike changes. It’s a bit disappointing because it affected my results, but still all-in-all, I had a good ride. I was a bit off the rhythm at the start when I had to change the bike. I put in some very good splits in the second lap, so even thought the result didn’t show, I had some good form and rode well at these World Championships.” Cataford commented.
“The rear wheel and the horizontal drop-outs had slipped, and the wheel was rubbing against the frame. Originally I thought it was the break, so I tried to play with the brakes and realized it was rubbing against the frame. I then made a bike change to my road bike, and once the Time Trial bike was repaired, I made the switch to the time trial bike since I had a long way to go.”
He added, ‘”I had to forget about anyone else on the course, and focus on my own ride. Really, in a time trials, that’s what matters. At the end, I was only about 25 seconds behind the Australian, which shows I had a pretty good second lap.”
Overall Cataford was pleased with his season. “I certainly had a good season, with some good results winning the Pursuit title at the UCI Pan-American Championships in track, as well as the time trial Canadian Championships title at the Road Canadian Championships.”
“I am moving up into the senior category for the track season, for the first time. I think I might race a few World Cups, and am in current discussion with the coaching staff. The goal is to slowly progress into the senior category, coming from the junior ranks.”
Junior Men time trial
1. Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) 35:07.68
2. James Oram (New Zealand) +04.11
3. David Edwards (Australia) +20.79
32. Yohan Patry (Canada) +02:02.83
53. Alexander Cataford (Canada) +04:17.51