There are still a few days to go before the closing date for entries, but today we’d like to introduce you to the jury who’ll be deciding on the intake of Young Heroes for the coming season.
The Young Heroes are something very close to Roman Arnold’s heart. The founder and owner of Canyon is fully behind the team because in his youth he also competed on both track and road and knows just how expensive a full racing season can be.
His son brought him to Canyon because Rick was a member of the very first Young Heroes squad. Erik liked the idea so much that he now supports the team himself. The former top sprinter can assess whether a rider has talent and knows what it’s all about. Erik also knows that a young rider above all needs one thing, and that’s passion. Erik is present when the Young Heroes meet for the first time and get their equipment; he supports them at a training camp on Mallorca and is their coach at the Vattenfall Young Classics event.
The ex-pro and time-trial specialist is still very closely tied to the pro-scene. He is the link between Omega Pharma-Lotto and Canyon. In addition, the technology fanatic is always a welcome guest at Canyon’s R+D department because with his vast experience he can help to optimise the latest innovations even further. He of course also realizes during his daily work with the Young Heroes team just how important it is to promote good young talent.
The likeable rider from Erfurt is a pro with the Omega Pharma-Lotto team. His greatest success to date was his victory in the German Time-Trial Championship. He is one of the reliable team mates of Jurgen van Den Broeck and Philippe Gilbert. Both these stars would find it considerably more difficult to achieve as many victories as they do without his help. His reports from the Tour de France are also highly regarded and he gives the reader an insight into what goes on behind the scenes. As an active pro he also gives the Young Heroes applicants a completely different perspective on the sport.
He is the Canyon Team and Event Coordinator and is the contact person for all the riders during the season. If a derailleur hanger is bent or the frame was damaged in a crash, Dominic is always on hand to find a fast and trouble-free solution because the Young Heroes need to be able to concentrate on their racing and shouldn’t have to worry about their equipment.
The Tiger. He was a member of the first young heroes squad and still competes successfully on both track and road. He recently won two silver medals at the European Championship in St. Petersburg. He still has close ties with Canyon. He is in the meantime a Young Heroes veteran and a true friend of Canyon.
The jury has already taken a look at the first applications and was impressed by the quality of the applicants. In the next few days the applications will be processed further so that at the start of next season a powerful Young Heroes squad can be assembled.