Archive for the ‘Young Heroes’ Category

Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: Jérémy Defaye

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Hello readers,

My name is Jérémy Defaye and I come from Frejus in France. I’ll be 15 this year and have been riding races for almost two years now. I’ve been riding for Vélo Club Rochevillois in Le Cannet for some time now, too.

Everything started with my father, who was very interested in cycling from the outset. In time my interest also increased and it therefore transpired that we both started riding racing bikes at the same time. Shortly after I then started riding the first XC and CC events alongside road races in order to optimise my training.

I first became aware of the Young Heroes initiative through Fleur Flore, Thomas Coponi and Kevin Maldonado. We all grew up in the same region and I’ve therefore known them for quite some time now. In 2010 I then finally made it into the Young Heroes Team. It was an indescribable feeling when I got the letter with the confirmation that I’d been accepted onto the squad. I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to get started.

My biggest successes to date were in 2010 at the FSGT championship and the Tour Bouches du Rhône in France, where I finished 1st in both events. Of the 34 races I started I was able to capture a podium place 32 times. In 2011 I’d like to repeat my successes and build on them even further. This is why it’s my aim to win the Tour Bouches du Rhône again in my age group and also the French championship. In addition, I’d also like to ride this year’s Hamburg Classics event with the Young Heroes and of course do really well.

I’m looking forward to having a great time and experiencing a lot. I’m particularly looking forward to getting to know Erik Zabel and learning more about the racing scene from him. I am also hoping that I’ll make lots of new friends and of course be successful, too.

Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: Axelle Dubau Prevot

Friday, January 28th, 2011

We recently did this interview with Axelle Dubau Prevot. We’ll soon be introducing the final Young Hero for the 2011 season. So you’ll all have to hang on for a couple of days longer…

How did you get involved in cycling?

One could call it a family tradition. My parents have been cycling since their childhood. My brother rides in the DN1 and my sister is the ladies mountain bike world champion.

How did you get to know about the Young Heroes?

I first became aware of the Canyon initiative at the Roc d´Azur Festival. In a chat with Fleur Faure my interest was aroused even further and one day later I popped the application in the post.

What was your biggest success to date?

My biggest successes to date were the French cyclo cross championships where I was able to take 3rd place and the Finals Etoile du P´Est where I finished 1st.

What do you want to achieve in 2011?

In 2011 I want to win the French championships and French Cup on the road and mountain bike.

What did it feel like when you read the letter that you had been accepted onto the team.?

It was an indescribable feeling when I held the letter in my hand.

What do you expect from the Canyon Young Heroes?

I’m looking forward to gaining a lot of knowledge with the Young Heroes in 2011. I also want to continue to build on my success even further. It will surely be a totally new experience to train with a pro like Erik Zabel and also to learn from him. In addition, it will be nice to get to know people who only have one thought in their minds which is to pursue bike sport at an extremely high level and have mega fun!

Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: James Wood

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Dear readers,

My name is James Wood, I’m 15 years old and I’m from London. I’ve been cycling for 9 years and since 2005 I’ve been successful on both the triathlon and road racing scenes. My father has played a pivotal role in my successes to date and from the age of 6 he took me with him to the Darenth Cycling Club in London. From then on it was clear to me that I want to continue cycling and someday become a pro rider.

Last year I got to know about the Young Heroes Team purely by chance. A link on the website aroused my interest so much that I immediately sent my application to Koblenz. I then received the great news that I had been accepted onto the Young Heroes Team for 2011.

My biggest successes came in the 2010 GHS time-trials in England where I finished 3rd in my age group. In addition, in the qualification for the GHS I finished in 1st place and also finished 1st in the Crystal Palace Summer Race League 11 and 18. All in all it was a great year and most of all it was a year where I learned a huge amount!

For the 2011 season I hope to do the very best I can. I would like to gain as much experience as I can and be successful at the British Championships and GHS finals. In addition, I’m looking forward to making new friends, who have fallen in love with the sport and enjoy pursuing it as much as I do. Above all, I’m excited about getting to know big names such as Erik Zabel and getting tips from them.

See you soon

Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: David Luis

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Hello readers,

My name is David Luis, I’m 15 years old and I come from Portugal. I’ve been a competitive cyclist for 6 years now and I particularly like the disciplines mountain bike and triathlon and have done so for ages now. 2010 was an unbelievable year for me because I had the opportunity to join the Portuguese triathlon team.

As I needed a new bike for the forthcoming season, the choice about which one was quickly made. It just had to be a Canyon. Therefore I and my dad called Canyon Portugal, where we then found out about the Young Heroes initiative for the first time from Canyon representative Paulo Alves. I then quickly sent my application to Canyon in Koblenz and got the news that I had been accepted into the team a short time later. I was over the moon and can’t wait to get started in 2011.

I celebrated my greatest triumphs in 2010. In 28 races including triathlons and duathlons, I was able to achieve a podium position 23 times. My personal highlight was the European Triathlon Championships in Gaia – Oporto, where I finished 5th in my age group and 11th in the general classification.

My personal aim for 2011 is to achieve a great deal of success with the Young Heroes and the Lousa Racing Team. A further major aim is the European Triathlon Championships in Poland, where I’ll be aiming to be the best in my age group and qualify for the triathlon worlds in China. In addition, I’m looking forward to doing battle in Hamburg at the Vattenfall event with the Young Heroes and Erik Zabel. On top of that there’s also the Portuguese Swimming Championships and the junior Tour of Portugal, where I’m also looking to give everything and take a place on the podium.

I’m especially looking forward to meeting other sport fanatics like myself as well as Erik Zabel and the professional team at Canyon. However, above all I can’t wait to check out my new Canyon road bike.


Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: Lisa Carolin Happke

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Hello readers,

My name is Carolin Happke and I’m from Erftstadt. I’m 16 years old and have been riding triathlon for 10 years. In addition, I also started riding mountain bike races in 2008. It was only by chance that I was invited to take part in a training session on the track in Cologne. I had such a lot of fun there that since 2009 I have been concentrating exclusively on track and road racing. My home club is the PV Triathlon Witten, which gives me a huge amount of support.

I became aware of the Young Heroes initiative when I needed a new road bike the year before last and was looking for a suitable one on the Canyon website. I was so enthusiastic about Canyon’s initiative that I applied immediately. A short while later I received the long-awaited reply that I would be included in the Young Heroes team for the 2011 season.

My greatest triumphs were in 2010. I was German women’s champion in the points race and 3rd in the 2000m individual pursuit. In addition, I won the TMP Tour and finished first in the BDR talent scouting in both Holle and Cologne.

In 2011 I’m aiming to pick up podium places in the German championships on both track and road, as well as to defend my title in the points race. In addition, I’d also like to be successful in the TMP Tour once again. The other highlights in my season will be the International Junior Tour in Assen/Holland and the BDR talent scouting races.

I’m really looking forward to the time with Canyon and the Young Heroes. I also know that I’ll have an awful lot of fun, have a great deal of success and learn so much more.

Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: Jonas Bokeloh

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Hello readers,

My name is Jonas Bokeloh. I’m from Langenhagen and I’m 14 years old. In the summer of 2008 I got interested in cycling following an event that took place at my school. After the first few successes in 2008 I was blown away with enthusiasm and definitely wanted to carry on.

Jan Brockhoff and Ann-Leonie Wiechmann told me a lot of good and interesting things about the Young Heroes team and the initiative from Canyon. I therefore applied in summer 2010 and hoped to be accepted as soon as possible so I could get started with the racing. After I got the reply from Canyon I could hardly believe it that I’ll be in the team in 2011! So I’m looking forward to the 2011 season even more now.

My biggest successes in 2010 were the victories at the German championships in Bundenthal, the TMP Tour, the Tour of South Palatinate and the International Junior Tour in Assen/Holland.

In 2011 I’m hoping for a successful season on the bike in the U-17 category, where it’ll be my first season. I’m hoping for a lot of tips from Erik Zabel and the established members of the team. I’m really looking forward to the first meeting with the other Young Heroes and of course to my brand new bike.

Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: Stephan Stockinger

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Hello readers,

My name is Stephan Stockinger and I’m 15 years old. I live in lovely Lauchheim and attend the 10th class in the secondary modern school. My biggest hobby alongside speed skating is cycle sport, which I’ve been doing for just about 5 years and now I spend every available minute on the bike.

In my second year in the U15 I was runner-up in the German championship, won the Tour of the South Palatinate and finished second in both the TMP-Tour and Kids-Tour stage races. In addition, I was road race and time-trial champion in Rhineland-Palatinate in 2009. Shortly after that I was runner up in the German road race championship. The season was therefore a major success for me.

I trained really well so that my first year in the U-17 looked very promising. I applied to join the Young Heroes and was accepted onto the team.
Our first meeting and photo shooting took place in Italy. There we received our new Canyon bikes, trained with our mentor Erik Zabel and experienced Milan-San Remo at first-hand. In my first season with the Young Heroes I became Bavarian cyclo-cross champion and also finished second on the track at Niederpöring at the circuit race in Oberdietfurt.

Unfortunately my season came to a premature end after just a few races when I came down with a viral infection, which was particularly drawn-out. I have now been back in training for around 2 months, building myself up for the forthcoming season in 2011 together with Erik Zabel and the rest of the team.

Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: Thomas Capponi

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Hello readers,

My name is Thomas Copponi and I’m from Marseille in France. I’m a very versatile cyclist. I ride road races, cyclo cross and MTB.


When I first heard about the Young Heroes initiative it was clear to me that I simply had to be part of that team. Therefore, I got my application ready and sent it off to Canyon. I could hardly wait until I got a reply, but when I finally did I was really happy until I read the contents of the letter – I was still too young and should apply again a year later. After a further year my dream then became reality.

My first year with the Young Heroes was unbelievable! Whether it was riding together with Erik Zabel or visiting cities and countries that I didn’t yet know, it was simply sensational to get to know and have fun with other riders from around the world! All this was polished off by a perfectly equipped bike and the jerseys that made us look like the pros.


In my first year I started in the team at the Vattenfall-Classics and faired really well. It was a unique experience for all of us since it was the first time that we were competing in an international team.

One year later I won the Bouches du Rhône and was third in the Tour du Rhônes on the road. In addition, I became French individual pursuit champion. As if all that wasn’t enough I also became champion of Provence and was successful in the cyclo cross at the Bouches du Rhône. In the first race I finshed 27th and in the 2nd and 3rd heats I finished 6th both times.

In 2011 I plan to achieve further success with the Young Heroes whether it’s on the road, in cyclo cross or on the mountain bike.

I am looking forward to experiencing many memorable moments with the Young Heroes this year!

Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: Leon Rohde

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Dear readers,

My name is Leon Rohde; I’m 15 years old and attend the sports school in Cottbus. I joined the Young Heroes last year and will be riding my second season for Canyon in 2011. I got to join the team through Jan Brockhoff, a friend of mine, as well as other riders.

My first year was fantastic! Both the kick-off meeting in Imperia and the appearance at the Young Classics in my home town of Hamburg were out of this world. I also really love the super light and stiff bike. The highlights of my season were the German championships on the road and on the track where I finished 7th in the Madison and 10in the points race.

I also remember the last talent scouting on the road in Hildesheim where I finished 6th. I was able to beat my personal best at the track scouting at the end of the year. I won the Omnium and improved my personal best over 1000 metres to 2.19 mins.

Introducing the Canyon Young Heroes: Ann-Leonie Wiechmann

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Hello dear readers,
My name is Ann-Leonie Wiechmann. I’m 15 years old and have been in love with cycling for seven years now. I have been riding for the Canyon Young Heroes Team for two seasons now. Thanks to Jan Brockhoff I became aware of the initiative and simply had to be a part of it. The joy I felt when I had the letter of acceptance from Canyon was overwhelming and I just couldn’t wait to sit on my new bike!

In my first year I got a great deal of impressions. It began with the superbly equipped bike, followed by an exciting weekend in Italy where the team was introduced to us once again. In addition, I was able to get to know Erik Zabel personally for the first time and I learnt a few good tips and tricks from him.

My personal highlights in 2010 were obviously the German championships where I was able to be up there competing at the front. It was the first time that I felt pressure before a race and I wasn’t released from that pressure until I took my hands of the bars to celebrate my win. I was also over the moon that I was able to finish 3rd in the points race and time-trial respectively.


It was a great time and I’m looking forward to hopefully achieving similar success in 2011.