The squad, comprised of 13 athletes, three tandem pilots and six support staff, spent the past eight days at the new high-tech indoor velodrome in Roubaix. The facility managed by Arnaud Tournant, a 15-time world champion, Olympic champion and world record holder in the Kilo, allowed Canada the best preparation possible for the Games.
‘’The opportunity to train at that velodrome with a high quality support staff was an ideal preparation for the athletes,’’ said Canada’s head coach Eric Van den Eynde.
In Beijing, Canada’s Para cycling team won two bronze medals. Following those Games, Canada intensified its recruiting to find new athletes for the Canadian Para cycling program.
In London, Canada looks to climb the world order in the sport. The rookies and the veterans are determined to leave their mark.
The opening ceremonies are slated for August 29 with the track cycling competition from August 30 to September 2 and the road events September 5-8.