Cyclist Wammes on Team Canada for Pan Am Games

Cyclist Nick Wammes of Bothwell has been named to Team Canada for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, from Aug. 1-11.

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Cyclist Nick Wammes of Bothwell has been named to Team Canada for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, from Aug. 1-11.

This is the first major multi-sport event for Wammes, who twice competed at the Union Cycliste Internationale world junior track championships.

The Pan Am Games will have approximately 6,700 athletes from 41 countries in 39 sports.

“The Pan Am Games are a great opportunity for our future champions to get a first taste of what it’s like to compete at a major multi-sport event,” Cycling Canada’s high-performance director Kris Westwood said in a statement. “Because Lima is not a direct qualification event for the Tokyo Olympics – and we don’t have the pressure of a home Games – we can worry less about performance and more about athlete development. That said, we can expect several podium performances from among this young team.”

Canadian cyclists won 20 medals, including 11 gold, at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

The eight women and five men on the national team will compete at Lima in track, road, BMX racing and BMX freestyle events. Wammes will compete in the sprint and keirin events on the track.

Wammes made his World Cup debut in January in New Zealand. He won gold at a UCI C1 event in December in Portugal.

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