Annie Ewart Retires
October 21, 2016
Annie and Houshang at a PCC camp in 2010
Former Pacific Centre Cyclist and Canadian Junior Champion Annie Ewart is retiring due to health issues. In August during a training ride for her US-based UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team, her heart rate “just took off” and she was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia (240bpm), commonly known as irregular heartbeat.
“I would not be the same athlete if I continued to race,” Ewart told Pedal Magazine. “And I don’t want to risk my health.”
She posted on Facebook: “Unfortunately, my cycling career as an athlete has come to an end, but I hope to remain involved in the sport that I love and has given me so much in life. It’s time to head down a new road, and one that I am excited to explore!”
Victoria native Ewart, now 23-years-old, developed her skill and fitness as a young development cyclist in her junior years under Head Coach Houshang Amiri at Pacific Cycling Centre, juggling her school work with her passion for cycling.
She achieved podium success as a junior winning the time trial and the road race in the 2011 Canadian National Championships. That year she also placed seventh in the Time Trial at the World Championships in Copenhagen. She is also a five-time BC Provincial Champion. In 2011 she made the Cycling Canada Track time standards and also the world track team. Choosing to pursue a career as a professional road cyclist, in 2012 she turned pro joining Optum Pro Cycling.
In 2013, Ewart came 4th at the Pan Am Games ITT and in 2014 she competed at the UCI Road Worlds TTT where her team finished 4th. She had a breakaway victory on stage two of the Tour of the Gila in 2015 and had a win that year at the Dominguez Hills Criterium. She was also part of a six-woman team that won the USPRO Team Time Trial National Championship.
In 2016 she joined UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling and finished third in the TTT on Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California.
”The main key factor in Annie’s success was always her work ethic, commitment to excellence, self-management, being positive about the future and a belief in herself,” said Amiri. “She had a strength and dedication which showed very early as a junior. She will be missed, but knowing Annie she will go on and succeed whatever path she chooses.”