Track Cycling

Speed on wheels

How I got started in Cycling

It was only in the summer of 2010 that I discovered the Ottawa Cycling Club. I was looking to build my endurance, in order to be able to finish skating races stronger. In my first season of road cycling it was all about the basics, like how to corner in a pack, how to get on a wheel and how to hold your line. To sum it up I would say that it was about learning how to ride to prevent injuring anyone else. About half way through the summer my club drove to Bromont where I got a chance to ride the track for the first time. Once again, it was all about the basics.

The following summer, there was a month that every weekend I was at a track. The first two were about bike handling and group skills. The third weekend was the track provincials. I remember my coach going up to the other riders before the races and telling them to give me a little extra space to avoid potential collision. 

The following week was track nationals. My coach told me that I would not be able to rent one of the bikes at the Bromont track. So I went to my local bike shop, Cycle Power, and asked them if they could lend me a bike. The owner, Ken Power was more than glad to build me a bike using a frame he was planning on riding himself as a commuter bike. Although the frame was a little small, I was happy with whatever I could get. That small green MASI Cotello proved to be very faithful, as I rode it to three silver medals.

When it came down to tactics, I don’t know who I annoyed the most, the coaches or my fellow athletes with my constant questions about strategies and reasoning behind each one.

What ended up happening was that I raced with my legs and not my head. I was always waiting for someone else to make the first move so that I find a way to respond.

During the 2011-12 speed skating season, I made sure to make time to ride my bike on a trainer or rollers twice a week. Unfortunately, I only had time to attend one of the winter track cycling camps. My goal for the 2011-12 skating season was to represent my country at the 2012 Junior World Championships. Sadly, due to a little knee problem and lack of ice time in Ottawa, I was not competitive enough in the longer distances to qualify.

This served as motivation going into the 2012 cycling season, where I had set the same goal for the 2012 Junior Pan-Am championships. This time around, I achieved my goal. Going into the competition, I did not know what to expect of myself due to that fact that I had just came off my speed skating season. However, once racing had begun, I saw I was posting similar times to the other riders so my goal changed from just qualifying for the competition to bringing home a medal. I saw that I had a shot in the match sprint when I qualified in fourth with a time that was only 0.03 off the first place qualifying time.

Unfortunately the other riders knew when and how hard to attack so I was once again waiting to respond in some way. The best part of this competition was that I visibly improved with every round. My racing changed from a feat of strength to being a game of cat and mouse. My knowledge of the game was just starting

Cycling Athlete Profile

Vincent De Haître is a multiple time National Champion, National Record holder and competed in the 2020 Olympics.

Racing Experience and Results


I have been following a cycling training system set up by my coach. This includes structured training workouts, weight training and race support.

During the summer, we have access to coaching support three to five times per week during training races, ITT’s, training rides as well as direct access to club coaches as we require. We have coaching and/or Team Manager support at many major races. I am being trained and monitored through a structured training system designed by our coach.

Last year I trained 600 hours and this year I am doing 600-650 hours but that number is subject to be increased throughout this coming season. Training includes strength training, interval workouts, training zone evaluations, video analysis and monitoring of training and racing by the club coach.

SEASON 2018-19

  • Set new Canadian KILO record
  • Set new Canadian record in Team Pursuit


  • Canadian KILO National Champion

SEASON 2014-15

  •  Pan Am Championships ( Aguascalientes, Mexico)
    • Set new Canadian record in the KILO
  • Commonwealth Games  ( Glasgow, Scotland)
    • 4th in team sprint
    • 7th in KILO

SEASON 2013-14

  • National Champion in KILO.
  • Bronze in Match Sprint at Canadian Championship

SEASON 2012-13

  • Gold in team sprint at Canadian Championship
  • Silver in Sprint, KILO and Keiring at Canadian Championship
  • Selected for the Canadian Junior World 2012 team for Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Canadian junior 2012 Pan-Am team (Guatemala City)
  • 4th in kilo, 4th in 200m flyer, 5th in sprint tournament, 4th in team sprint

Years of Racing Bicycles: 7 years


  • 2012  National championship;
  • Gold in team sprint and 3 silver; match sprint, kilo,and keirin.
  • 2012 Raced for team Ontario at road cycling national’s championships. 8th in the Criterium
  • 2012 Ride with Rendall stage race (overall point leader, 3rd in the TT, 1st in the road race)
  • 2012 Dandelion GP (2nd road race)
  • 2012 Preston Criterium – 2nd place  Junior
  • 2011 National track championships,
    •  3 silver medals; Sprint, kilo and team sprint
  •  2011 Ontario Provincial road race in Kitchener-Waterloo Winner (Sportif category)
  •  2011Preston street Criterium – 6th place


  •  2012 OBC Cyclist of the Year
  •  2011 Junior of the Year award from the Ottawa Cycling Club
  •   Won Silver for 2011 15k TT and gold in the 40k TT


  • 2012 Member of the Canadian Junior team for World Track Championship Invercargill, New Zealand August 2012
  • 2012 Junior Track Pan-Am Championship, Guatemala City, member of Canadian


  • 4th place Team Sprint
  • 4th place in Kilo ( 1:04.75 )
  • 4th in 200m flying ( 10.74 )
  • 5th in Sprint Tournament


  • 2013 Track National championship; Gold in KILO and Bronze in Match Sprint — Men’s Elite
  • 2012  Track National championship; Gold in team sprint and 3 silver; match sprint, kilo,and keirin. — Junior
  • 2012 Member of team Ontario at road cycling nationals championships, 8th in the Criterium
  • 2011 National Track Championship 3 Silver medal in Match Sprint, Team Sprint and Kilo


  • 2012 Ride with Rendal stage race (overall points leader, 3rd in the TT, 1st in the road race)
  • Raced for team Ontario at road cycling nationals championships. 8th in the Criterium
  • 2012 Prestone Street Criterium – 2nd place Junior
  • 2012 Dandelion GP (2nd road race)
  • 2011 Provincial winner of the sportif category
  • 2011 Junior of the Year award from the Ottawa Cycling Club
  • 2011 OBC Event in the junior category, Won Silver for 15k TT and gold in the 40k TT

Cycling Athlete Profile

Skater’s Name: Vincent De Haître
Racing Class: Elite
Born: June 16, 1994
Height: 183cm
Weight: 88kg
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
Hometown: Cumberland, Ontario
Home Club: Ottawa Bicycle Club

I enjoy this sport immensely and would like to continue to develop my skills to the highest level possible.




Long track Speed Skating


Graduate of École Secondaire Béatrice-Desloges.


Various outdoor activities