June 29, Cycling Canada revealed the 19 athletes (across all cycling disciplines) set to attend the Rio Olympic Games, but they didn’t mention the athletes names as team alternates – one of whom is me!
Canada earned 3 women’s road spots and 2 women’s time trial spots for Rio (announced June 2) which allows a maximum team of 4: 3 racers + 1 alternate. Mid June, I got an email from CC titled Rio 2016 and was both extremely thrilled to be nominated to the team and also disappointed to be so close yet staying at home. The alternate is a non-travelling alternate that will step in if one of the named team members cannot accept the spot (injury, sickness or maybe someone just doesn’t want to go?). I truly wish all the very best to Karol-Ann Canuel, Leah Kirchman, and Tara Whitten, who I am confident will prepare themselves in the very best way to represent Canada at their Rio events.
It is truly such an honour to have been a part of the #roadtoRio as one of Canada’s top riders in contention for an Olympic spot. It’s been just a-year-and-a-half since I committed to cycling as a career. I have learned so much in the environment of Team Twenty16 Ridebiker. The team has given me opportunity when they saw ability and instruction when I didn’t know any better. We organized an important trip to race in the new Women’s World Tour events in Europe so that I could fast-track some needed experience in order to prepare for a shot at the Olympic Games. We put a lot of pressure on me to prepare well and perform well – a similar pressure likely to be felt at events like the Olympics and World Championships. This year I learned how to handle crashing and recovering, leading a team to overall victory and keeping our winner calm and strong.
I have many thanks to give to those of you who have been very interested and encouraging to me on my athletic journey. Thanks for checking in after hearing of Canada’s Olympic selection. There are still many more races in this year that need to be won. I am really looking forward to preparing for the October World Championships in Qatar with my Twenty16 RideBiker team for the TTT and again aiming for a spot on Canada’s Road World Championship team.