Saturday, June 23, 2012
I am very honored to be a member of the largest track cycling team Canada has ever sent to an Olympic Games. With Zach Bell and Tara winning World Cup and World Championship medals in the Omnium, Monique Sullivan setting a new Canadian record in the 200m at yesterday's US Grand Prix of Sprinting, and Joe Veloce absolutely blazing through Olympic Keirin Trials earlier this month, I can't wait to see what our team can accomplish!
Although as a young triathlete and aspiring road cyclist I certainly dreamed of going to the Olympics, after taking a few years away from competitive sport I can't honestly say that this summer's Games were even on my radar twelve months ago. To go from working, studying, and racing the occasional alleycat and cyclocross race, to relocating to California for training and travelling the world to race at the international level in less than one year - it's been an amazing journey. I feel very fortunate to have the support of some incredible people: Richard Wooles, Tanya Dubnicoff, Mike Patton, Nancy Scholz, John Evans, Jenn Turner, Sara Poutanen, Sandy Gilchrist, Steve Sleep, Kirsten Barnes, Andrea Wooles, Doc Smith - thank you for working so tirelessly towards helping me get as fit, fast, happy, and healthy as possible.
And to my friends and family, YOU are the reason that I love riding my bike. Let's keep having fun!
Posted by Gillian Carleton at 4:40 PM