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Kelsey Mitchell’s RBC Training Ground Story

April, 2017

Return home from traveling – not sure what I was going to do with rest of my life.

May, 2017

Realize RBC Training Ground still had tryouts in Ontario. Decided I was going for it and booked flight.

May-August, 2017

Trained at Firstline

August (26th), 2017

Qualifying RBC Training Ground tryouts in Toronto – Selected as Top Female in Toronto

September 27th, 2017

Additional testing in Milton with Cycling Canada (first time being on a track bike)

October 15th, 2017

Regional RBC Training Ground tryouts in Toronto – Top performer in Speed (on the watt Bike)

October 17th, 2017

Signed with Cycling Canada and began training as a Fast-Tracked Athlete

January 20th, 2018

Training camp in Burnaby

February 10th, 2018

Eastern Cup (First ever race – Keirin, 7th place)

February 25th-March 10, 2018

Training camp in California

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April, 2018

Training Camp in Milton

June, 2018

Racing in Pennsylvania

August, 2018

Provincials (Edmonton)

September, 2018

Nationals (Milton)

I am a retired amateur soccer player who wasn’t ready to give up on the Olympic Dream. Once I finished my eligibility of university soccer, I entered RBC Training Grounds in Toronto, ON. My results placed me on a fast tracked program with Cycling Canada as a Sprint athlete.

My training consists of 6-10 hours on the bike and 3-6 hours doing weights per week. Since I started training, I have had the opportunity to travel to Burnaby, BC., Milton, ON., and Temecula, California for additional camps.

The next steps for me is to attend a few more camps over the summer (Milton and Pennsylvania) and then attend Nationals in the fall. At nationals, the goal is to win obviously, but also to set some track times (flying 200m, 500m, etc.) that make me eligible to sign with the national team. After signing, I would move to Milton, where Cycling Canada is based out of, to train. Next step would then be to compete at World Cups from 2018-2020, getting enough points to qualify for the Olympics in summer 2020!