FORMER SPARTAN JACKSON NAMED AN ALTERNATE FOR OLYMPIC CYCLING TEAM

FORMER SPARTAN JACKSON NAMED AN ALTERNATE FOR OLYMPIC CYCLING TEAM

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western alumnus Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.) was named the alternate for Cycling Canada’s women’s road team for this summer’s Olympics in Rio.   

Jackson, who competed with the Spartans in track and field and cross country and graduated in 2014, was one of just four female athletes named to the Canadian road roster. While the alternate position is a non-travelling role, Jackson will join the team if one of the three selected riders cannot compete in Rio.

Canada earned three women’s spots for the road race and two women’s spots for the time trail, which allows a maximum of four riders to be named to the team, including three racers and one alternate. The travelling Canadian team includes Karol-Ann Canuel, Leah Kirchmann and Tara Whitten.

Jackson, who rides professionally for TWENTY16–Ridebiker, most recently finished fifth in the road race at the Canadian championships.

She will now prepare to compete in the upcoming BC Superweek, which features eight races around B.C.’s Lower Mainland from July 8-17. Jackson will then race in the Cascade Cycling Classic – a prestigious stage race in Oregon – July 20-24.

Following that, she will either turn her focus to the Olympics – if an alternate is needed for Canada’s road team – or begin preparations for the UCI Road World Championships, which will be in Doha, Qatar Oct. 9-16.

Jackson is a five-time Canada West medallist in track and field and cross country. In 2013, she captured gold in cross country, gold in the 3000m and silver in the 1500m, while in 2014, she earned another 3000m gold medal and a silver medal in cross country.  

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