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North Van brothers claim five medals at nationals

SPEEDY cycling siblings Erik and Scott Mulder of North Vancouver raced each other to the podium at the Canadian Track Championships earlier this month, claiming five medals between them at the National Cycling Centre in Bromont, Que.

This one is tough to call on the sibling rivalry front as younger brother Scott hit the podium three times while Erik reached only twice but managed to climb to the top step both times, claiming two national championships.

Erik, known for his endurance, won both the points race and the scratch race. The points race is an endurance event that features a number of mini sprints within a longer race with points awarded to riders winning sprints or lapping the field. The scratch race is a mass start distance event with the fastest rider to race 15 kilometres on the track declared the winner.

Scott, moving up from the junior to elite level for the first time at a Canadian Track Championships, earned silver in the team sprint event and bronzes in the individual sprint and keirin. The individual sprint race involves a series of head-tohead duels between riders while the keirin is a mass start track race with a pack of riders racing together for two kilometres.

The Canadian Track Championships is Canada's top domestic track cycling event. This year's event was held on the newly resurfaced outdoor velodrome at the National Cycling Centre.

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