On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Cycling Canada named the 19 athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in all cycling disciplines at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
Among the elite group of cyclists nominated are Olympic medallists Tara Whitten and Jasmin Glaesser as well as returning London 2012 team members Catharine Pendrel, Laura Brown, Emily Batty, Tory Nyhaug and Monique Sullivan. The team also includes Georgia Simmerling, who competed in alpine skiing at Vancouver 2010 and ski cross at Sochi 2014. She looks to become the first Canadian athlete to compete in a different sport at each of three Olympic Games.
The team is coached by Craig Griffin (track – endurance), Erin Hartwell (track – sprint), Adam Muys (BMX), Denise Kelly (road – women), Pierre-Henri Sauze (BMX) and Dan Proulx (mountain bike), all of whom are overseen by High Performance Director and Head Coach, Jacques Landry and High Performance Manager, Kris Westwood.
The athletes earned their spots as part of a two-year qualification process during which their accumulated ranking points qualified Canada for the Games in each discipline. After an extensive review of international performances, physiological data analysis and other determining factors, the High Performance Committee selected the nominated athletes to compete at the Games.
All of the Canadian cyclists will participate in various pre-Games preparation camps and competitions. These include the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne (QC), a Track Olympic training camp in Milton (ON), a BMX Canada Cup race in Toronto (ON), and various races for the road cyclists.
The Rio 2016 cycling competitions will take place at various venues. Road cycling will be held on August 6 and 7 at Fort Copacabana and August 10 in Pontal. Track cycling events will be held at the Rio Olympic Velodrome, August 11-15. The BMX competition will take place at the Olympic BMX Centre, August 17-19, followed by the mountain bike races August 20-21 at the Mountain Bike Centre.
At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High-Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers community programs to promote Cycling in Canada.
The cycling team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
Hugo Barrette, Îles de la Madeleine, QC – Track Cycling
Emily Batty, Brooklin, ON – Mountain Bike
Allison Beveridge, Calgary, AB – Track Cycling
Léandre Bouchard, Alma, QC – Mountain Bike
Laura Brown, Vancouver, BC – Track Cycling
Karol-Ann Canuel, Gatineau, QC – Road Cycling
Antoine Duchesne, Chicoutimi, QC – Road Cycling
Raphaël Gagné, Québec City, QC – Mountain Bike
Jasmin Glaesser, Vancouver, BC – Track Cycling
Hugo Houle, Ste-Perpétue, QC – Road Cycling
Leah Kirchmann, Winnipeg, MB – Road Cycling
Kirsti Lay, Montreal, QC – Track Cycling
Tory Nyhaug, Coquitlam, BC – BMX
Kate O’Brien, Calgary, AB – Track Cycling
Catharine Pendrel, Kamloops, BC – Mountain Bike
Georgia Simmerling, West Vancouver, BC – Track Cycling
Monique Sullivan, Calgary, AB – Track Cycling
Tara Whitten, Calgary, AB – Road Cycling
Mike Woods, Ottawa, ON – Road Cycling
Track, Endurance – Craig Griffin, Milton, ON
Track, Sprint – Erin Hartwell, Hamilton, ON
Road, Women – Denise Kelly, Smithers, BC
Head Coach – Jacques Landry, Ottawa, ON
BMX – Adam Muys, Maple Ridge, BC
Mountain Bike – Dan Proulx, Victoria, BC
BMX – Pierre-Henri Sauze, Cavaillon, France
Team Leader – Kris Westwood, Ottawa, ON
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