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Kelsey Mitchell seems to be to defend dash title in Paris as a part of Canada’s Olympic biking staff

Kelsey Mitchell of Sherwood Park, Alta., will look to defend her Olympic dash biking title as a part of Canada’s biking staff at this summer time’s Paris Video games.

Mitchell, who gained gold within the ladies’s dash on the final day of competitors on the Tokyo Olympics, was a part of the 21-athlete roster introduced Tuesday by Biking Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

“The journey to my second Olympics in Paris has been filled with ups and downs,” Mitchell, 30, stated in a launch. “I grew rather a lot as an individual and an athlete and I’m excited to see the place I’m at after I get on the road.

“I’m additionally wanting ahead to seeing my youthful teammates expertise their first Olympics and I do know they may present up able to signify Canada and themselves to the most effective of their skill. It’s going to be an Olympics to recollect.”

Becoming a member of Mitchell on the observe shall be Lauriane Genest of Levis, Que., who gained the ladies’s keirin bronze medal in Tokyo and can compete within the occasion once more in Paris.

Mitchell and Genest may even staff with Calgary’s Sarah Orban within the staff dash.

Hamilton’s James Hedgcock, Tyler Rorke of Baden, Ont., and Nick Wammes of Bothwell, Ont., spherical out Canada’s dash cyclists.

Victoria’s Erin Attwell, Dylan Bibic of Mississauga, Ont., Ariane Bonhomme of Gatineau, Que., Maggie Coles-Lyster of Maple Ridge, B.C., Michael Foley of Milton, Ont., Mathias Guillemette of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Hamilton’s Carson Mattern and Sarah Van Dam of Victoria will signify Canada in observe endurance occasions.

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Woods, Gee to compete in highway race

Ottawa’s Michael Woods, who completed fifth within the males’s highway race in Tokyo, shall be again for the Paris Video games.

He’ll be joined by Derek Gee, additionally from Ottawa, who competed in observe biking in Tokyo. Gee lately completed third within the multistage Criterium du Dauphine.

“Tokyo 2020 was an expertise of a lifetime and was an actual privilege to race with the Maple Leaf on my again on the world’s largest stage,” Gee stated. “Having spent a while in France already this 12 months and seeing the build-up, I am unable to wait to expertise the environment in Paris this summer time.”

Alison Jackson of Vermilion, Alta., who gained the Paris-Roubaix one-day race in 2023, and Olivia Baril of Rouyn-Noranda, Que., will signify Canada within the ladies’s highway race.

Two-time world junior champion Isabella Holmgren, the youngest member of the biking staff at 19, and brother Gunnar Holmgren of Orillia, Ont., will compete in mountain bike, whereas Molly Simpson of Crimson Deer, Alta., is Canada’s lone BMX racer in Paris.

The quotas for BMX Freestyle shall be introduced on June 26. Canada is anticipated to obtain a males’s quota spot.

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