Tom Patrick/Yukon News Whitehorse’s David Jackson races the Tour de Haines Junction last month. Jackson produced personal bests at the Rundle Mountain Stage Road Race over the weekend in Canmore, Alta.

Whitehorse cyclist gearing up for Canada Summer Games

David Jackson captured tour wins in Haines Junction, Skagway and Whitehorse

A Whitehorse road cyclist is hoping to bring the momentum of early season successes into the biggest event of the summer next month.

David Jackson will be Yukon’s lone cyclist at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg July 28 to Aug. 13.

“That was basically my goal since December, to try to make the standards for the team,” said Jackson. “I’m feeling really happy about achieving that goal, going to represent the Yukon.”

Jackson, who has received training from national team coach Houshang Amiri, has division wins at the Tour de Haines Junction, Tour of Skagway and the Tour de Whitehorse so far this summer.

This past weekend the 20-year-old posted personal bests at the Rundle Mountain Stage Road Race, June 23-25 in Canmore, Alta.

“It went pretty good, I got lots of personal records,” said Jackson.

“All and all I thought it was a really fun weekend of racing. I’d probably go down again next year to do it.”

Racing in the Category 4 open-age division, Jackson placed 26th in the criterium, with an average speed between 45 and 50 kilometres an hour.

He then placed 20th in the time trial held on a hill with 20 degrees of steepness. He finished the 1.92-kilometre course in 7:42.

Jackson capped the event with 27th in the road race.

“I stayed with the peloton for four out of five laps and was dropped in the fifth,” said Jackson. “That was a really good personal best right there — 64 kilometres into the race before being dropped.”

Jackson is a member of the U Kon Echelon cycling club founded by Trena Irving, who will be Yukon’s cycling coach at the Canada Summer Games.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Silver rules out HST, layoffs and royalty changes

Yukon’s financial advisory panel has released its final report

City of Whitehorse budgets $30M for infrastructure over four years

‘I think we’re concentrating on the most important things’

Yukon community liaison for MMIWG inquiry fired

Melissa Carlick, the Whitehorse-based community liaison officer for the national Missing and… Continue reading

Yukon man holds no grudge after being attacked by bison

‘The poor guy was only trying to fend off someone who he knew was trying to kill him’

Straight and true: the story of the Yukon colours

Michael Gates | History Hunter Last week, I participated in the 150th… Continue reading

Get ready to tumble: Whitehorse’s Polarettes to flip out at fundraiser

‘There’s a mandatory five-minute break at the end, just so people don’t fall over’

Alaska’s governor goes to China

There are very different rules for resource projects depending on which side of the border you’re on

Yukon survey shows broad support for legal pot

But there’s no consensus on retail and distribution models

Yukon government releases survey on the territory’s liquor laws

Changes could include allowing sale of booze in grocery stores

Get family consent before moving patients to other hospitals: NDP critic

‘Where is the respect and where is the dignity?’

Bill C-17 passes third reading in House of Commons

The bill, which will repeal controversial amendments made to YESAA by Bill S-6, will now go to Senate

White Pass and Yukon Route musical chugs on without director

The cast and crew of Stonecliff are pushing forward without Conrad Boyce, who went on medical leave

Most Read