Team Canada nominate 17 cyclists for Tokyo 2020

Canada compete in the Women's Team Pursuit Track Cycling at Rio 2016.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Canada compete in the Women's Team Pursuit Track Cycling at Rio 2016. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Team Canada have officially nominated 17 athletes for road and track cycling in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The list includes Rio 2016 veterans plus a string of new faces who are set to make their Olympic debut.

Find out who made the list and how these athletes have reacted to the good news.

Track Cyclist Allison Beveridge still can't believe that it'll be her second Olympics but is looking forward to compete with her 'second family'.

She will be joined in the track team pursuit event by Georgia Simmerling and Jasmin Duehring - her old teammates back in Rio 2016 - plus new Olympic debutees Annie Foreman-Mackey and Ariane Bonhomme.

Canada women's team have won two bronze medals from London 2012 and Rio 2016 and are now looking for their third medal in Tokyo.

In the men's corner, sprinter Hugo Barette, who has come in the heels of his Rio appearance, can't hide his excitement.

Making their Olympic debut in individual sprint and keirin events are female riders Kelsey Mitchell and Lauriane Genest

On her Instagram post, Mitchell said: "Well it's official. I am so proud and honoured to announce that I have been selected to represent Canada at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021."

"FACT: If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to make it happen!"

Genest on the other hand, is nothing short of grateful.

Not-so newcomer Vincent de Haître has left the world of Winter Games speed skating for a chance to compete in the men's team pursuit in Tokyo.

He will be joined by Michael Foley, Derek Gee and Jay Lamoureux - and are all now focussed on bringing their A-Game to bring an end to 44-year Olympic drought for the men's team.

And Derek Gee also chimed in following the announcement. Gee and Foley have competed back in Beijing 2008, which was the last time the event was part of the Olympic programme.

For men's road cycling, Rio 2016 members Mike Woods and Hugo Houle will make up the Tokyo 2020 squad.

Houle, a 2015 Pan American Games gold medallist, made it more official by posting a picture of himself donning his 'Canada' biking shorts.

Woods on the other hand, sees the postponement of the Games as a blessing in disguise. The athlete has had his share of injuries over the years and now has more time to get ready for Tokyo 2020.

Leah Kirchmann and Karol-Ann Canuel will both compete in the road race and time trial.

Here is Kirchmann showing her excitement side by side a Canadian moose.

Team Canada Track and Road Cyclists at Tokyo 2020:

Track

Hugo Barrette – sprint, keirin
Allison Beveridge – team pursuit, omnium
Ariane Bonhomme – team pursuit
Vincent De Haître – team pursuit
Jasmin Duehring – team pursuit
Michael Foley – team pursuit, Madison
Annie Foreman-Mackey – team pursuit
Derek Gee – team pursuit, Madison
Lauriane Genest – sprint, keirin
Jay Lamoureux – team pursuit
Kelsey Mitchell – sprint, keirin
Georgia Simmerling – team pursuit
Nick Wammes – sprint, keirin

Road

Karol Ann-Canuel – road race, time trial
Hugo Houle – road race, time trial
Leah Kirchmann – road race, time trial
Mike Woods – road race