My name is Joshua Stritzinger and I’m 15 years old and in the 10th grade at the Eduard-Spranger-Gymnasiums in Landau in the Palatinate. I’m a passionate cyclist. My local club is the RC Silber Pils Bellheim. I first heard about the Young Heroes at a race in Karbach in 2009, and from that moment on it was my greatest wish to ride for this team. Therefore I quickly applied to Canyon. In January 2010 I then received a letter telling me I’d made it onto the team. I’ll never forget that moment when I first found out about my success. It was the most emotional moment in my sporting career to date.
The first year as a Young Hero was an absolutely fantastic one. It was great fun to train together with the other team members and Erik Zabel was always on hand to give us valuable advice. It was just great being able to ride with a top pro like Erik.
The Team Coordinator Dominic Piquardt always had a sympathetic ear if anything needed explaining. The biggest highlight in my year was my participation in the German championships, which I had qualified for at the championships in Southern Germany. In addition, it was also super to win the individual time-trial championship in South West Germany and the regional championship in Rhineland-Palatinate.
I’m very happy that I’ll be a Canyon Young Hero again in 2011 and am looking forward to meeting the other members of the team. I most excited about the new team members so I’d like to already wish them a warm welcome.