78. Meet ARIANE BONHOMME: Heading to TOKYO for GOLD. GO TEAM CANADA!
n this episode, you will learn: Meet Ariane who has been racing for the past 9yrs. She's heading to TOKYO for Gold on the track.
Meet Ariane Bonhomme
Follow her on her way to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo
Is from Gatineau QC, I’ve been racing road for around 15 years now and 10 years on the track.
I’ve been part of the Cyclery Racing since 2013, I’m the team member who has been on the team for the longest. I’m qualified for Tokyo in the team pursuit with our goal being the top step of the podium. I’ve been in the elite team pursuit squad since Fall 2017, and I’ve participated in 3 World Championships and Commonwealth Games with them since. I came to cycling from short track speed skating when I was in grade 7.
Ariane Bonhomme joined Team Canada on the UCI World Cup circuit during the 2017-18 season and won her first World Cup medals, helping the team pursuit capture silver in Poland before a gold on the home track in Milton. Later that season, she competed at her first multi-sport Games, winning bronze with the team pursuit at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. She also made her world championship debut in 2018, finishing fourth with the team pursuit. She would go on to be part of fourth-place finishes at the 2019 and 2020 UCI World Championships.
Bonhomme first represented Canada internationally in the junior division at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships. Two years later, she graduated to the elite division and competed in some of the top domestic races in Canada. In the 2015-16 season, she joined Cycling Canada’s NextGen endurance track cycling team. That year she competed at her first Pan American Championships, winning team pursuit gold and points race bronze. Additional team pursuit gold medals would be won at the 2017 and 2019 Pan Am Championships.
Bonhomme had an outstanding performance at the 2018 Canadian Track Cycling Championships, winning gold in team pursuit, silvers in the omnium, madison, and points race, and bronzes in the scratch race and individual pursuit.
A Little More About Ariane
Getting into the Sport: Started road cycling at age 12, first cycled in a velodrome at 16… Originally started cycling to stay fit in the summer for short track speed skating before a knee injury led her to switch over to cycling full time… Was the first female member of the first youth cycling club in Gatineau…
Interests: Would like to be a midwife after retiring from cycling; has always had a passion for everything involved with babies, labour, and delivery… Was taught to knit by teammate Georgia Simmerling and now does it at training camps and competitions… Enjoys hiking, camping, and fly fishing in the off-season…
Odds and Ends: A Grade 7 collage about her biggest dream included her face on a photo of Charles Hamelin on the podium at Vancouver 2010… Worked with a sports psychologist to deal with race day nerves because she felt she owed it to her teammates to be as good in races as she is in training…
She is currently studying in Health Sciences and Sexual Health and plans to pursue a midwifery degree once done competing.
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