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Gold for Canyon Young Hero Eva Maria Palm – Belgian champion in individual pursuit

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

What a day for Canyon Young Hero Eva Maria! The 15 year old young Belgian scooped 3 national championships in Gent on her Canyon V-Drome in her age group.
Gold in the 2000 meter individual pursuit, silver in the scratch race and bronze in the points race.
We congratulate Eva on this outstanding performance and wish Eva Maria all the best for the new season and are really looking forward to supporting her in her second season as a Canyon Young Hero. Here’s to an exciting and successful year!

Belgische Landesmeisterin Eva Maria Palm

Here is Eva’s own race report 11.02.2013

“As I had the best time over 2000 meters all winter it was my main aim to become Belgian champion over this distance! I combine cyclocross – that is very popular in Belgium – with the track in winter. This year doing both went quite well, but next year I don’t think that will be possible and I’ll have to choose between one of the two disciplines.
At the end of December 2012 I finished second at the Belgian championships in the omnium. I was very disappointed that I lost due to a poor decision by the race referee…”
Two weeks later I finished third in the Belgian cyclocross championships. I was again disappointed because I crashed on the first lap because of one of the elite lady riders (in Belgium the elite women start 30 seconds ahead of the female juniors. However many young riders are better than the elite women, resulting in them being caught, which then causes chaos!). I finished as the first U-17 rider, however this is irrelevant since U-17 and U-19 women are together in one category.

One week later, despite considerable back and knee pain, I took part in the Belgian track championships in various sprint competitions. I only started in these events to get valuable experience as the sprint is one of my main weaknesses.

I only had one thing on my mind. I just had to win…
This weekend everything just had to go right. On Saturday it was the scratch race. The race went well, but as always, I took up a poor position and was only able to make up some ground with a long drawn out sprint. However it was not quite enough and I had to be content with second place. Sunday was my big day and I had just one thing on my mind. I had to win. I have already had to endure so many disappointments. Second place in the road race championship, second place in the MTB race, third place in the cyclocross, and second place in the ominium!

Auf los gehts los: Startschuss für Eva Maria auf ihrem Canyon V-Drome

I knew that I had it in me to take the victory therefore I rolled up to the start and gave absolutely everything I had! As I was the last rider to start I only had to concentrate on my own time and knew at once that I had won it. My time of 2:39,681 wasn’t exactly what I had been aiming for as I had already ridden a faster time than that with a time of 2:38,510. I won with a gap of around 2 seconds and was finally able to feel happy! After all those podium places I was mega pleased about finally landing a gold medal even though if I’m really honest I’d have preferred to have won the cyclocross or MTB titles. However that is something for me to win next time! In the afternoon I did take third place in the points race.

Eva Maria Palm auf  dem Weg zu Gold

Now the winter season is over and I can now start preparing for the summer season. Hopefully the 2013 season will be as informative as last season was. 2012 certainly wouldn’t have been so great if I had not had so much support from Canyon! The track and time-trialling wouldn’t even have been possible! Getting the place on the Canyon Young Heroes team has given me a lot of motivation and I hope that will stay that way!
Thank you!

Greetings from Eva

Italian Junior Road Champion on Canyon

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Umberto Orsini, Andrea Tafi’s nephew, is the new Italian Junior Road Race Champion.
Orsini crossed the finishing line at Sant’Orsola Terme 9 seconds up on Andrea Borso (Villadose) and Enrico Salvador (Caneva).

Umberto Orsini gewinnt die italienische Straßenmeisterschaft der Junioren / Foto: ROTH

Orsini, who is a member of the Polisportiva Monsummanese team
sponsored by Canyon, is 17 years old and seems to have the same competitive temperament as his uncle
Andrea Tafi, who is the Canyon Ambassador for Italy.

Before the race Andrea Tafi explained, “Umberto is a good rider, but not just because he is my nephew. He has enthusiasm for the sport and knows how to make sacrifices. He spends the vast majority of his time studying and training for events. ”

After the race Tafi said, “I spent an incredible day here today and I’ll never be able to repay the satisfaction and pleasure a career in cycle sport has given me.
This is what my life is all about. ”

Umberto Orsini gewinnt die italienische Straßenmeisterschaft der Junioren / Foto: ROTH

Italian Road Race Championship – Juniors / 138km / Pergine

1.Umberto Orsini (Tuscany) Polisportiva Monsummanese
2.Andrea Borso (Venrto) at 9 ”
3.Enrico Salvador (Friuli) at 22 ”
4.Gianni Moscon (Trentino) st
5. Francis Giopp (Veneto) st

Young stars and cycling legends join forces at the first Young Heroes training camp in 2012

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The Young Heroes very first training camp of the 2012 season gets underway in just a few days. The camp takes place in beautiful Tuscany, more precisely on the country estate of our very own Canyon Hero Andrea Tafi.

From 23 to 26 February the young talents will have their headquarters at „Il Borghetto di Andrea Tafi“ and be under the professional supervision of their mentor Erik Zabel while they put the finishing touches to their preparations for the season ahead.

The agenda will be topped by the hand-over of equipment and there will also be a get-to-know-you session and exchange of ideas. In Tuscany the Young Heroes will finally be able to receive the pro equipment they have been longing for. The highlight is of course the team bike Ultimate CF 9.0 Pro in the Young Heroes design. A further eye-catcher is the new Young Heroes team clothing.

So wird das neue Young Heroes Trikot aussehen!

However that’s not all because the Young Heroes will also have a further encounter to look forward to in Tuscany. The Italian youth team Polisportiva Monsummanese supported by Canyon and Andrea Tafi will also be there.

The focus of the training camp will be training rides together and theoretical training with Erik and Andrea Tafi.
A photo-shoot and film are also planned.
We wish our Canyon Young Heroes a great time in Tuscany and are looking forward to exciting coverage.

Not only the Young Heroes can ride together with Andrea Tafi, but you, too!!
Has it always been your dream to ride an amateur event alongside a cycling legend? With a bit of luck this dream can now come true for you.

We are offering three places for the amateur event in Flanders 2012. Ride alongside the “Gladiator”, Canyon Hero Andrea Tafi on the legendary course!

This is your unique opportunity to compete in the amateur event alongside the king of the pavé. We will also provide you with a premium Canyon bike for the duration of the event.

But that’s not all! The following day (1 April) we invite you to experience the most famous one-day race in Belgium close-up.
Win a weekend (Friday 30.3.2012 – Sunday 1.4.2012) with Andrea Tafi.
Travel to and from the event, two nights accommodation and meals included!

Ein strahlender Sieger - Andrea Tafi bei der Flandern-Rundfahrt 2002 /  Roth Foto


What you need to do?
Prove to us that you deserve a place in the event!

You want to know how? Then check this out! Conditions of participation

Introducing the Young Heroes 2012. Last but not least…

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The team is now complete. Ten young cyclists will compete this season for the Canyon Young Heroes team 15+. In addition, we are pleased that five successful riders from the 2011 Young Heroes team will this year be riding in the U-17 age group for Canyon. The riders are Jérémy Defaye, Axelle Dubau-Prevot, Jesper Schultz, Jonas Bokeloh and Eric Alfaro Dufour. We are looking forward to accompanying our Young Heroes on their way to a pro career and are looking forward to a mega exciting year!

Last but not least, today we’d like to introduce you to Eva Maria Palm from Belgium and Markus Kvist from Sweden.

Eva Maria Palm
Welcome to the Young Heroes Team 2012

Eva Maria Palm

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get interested in cycling?
My name is Eva Maria Palm and I am 14 years old. I took part in competitive apparatus gymnastics for six years, but after a serious fall I was forced to retire from major competition due to spinal problems. After a four month break from sport I became increasingly bored therefore I started cycling three years ago as my brother was already involved in the sport. I must admit that I didn’t enjoy cycling so much at the start and it took two years until the cycling bug rally got hold of me, but after that I just went from strength to strength!

What does it mean to you to be part of the Canyon Young Heroes program?
It means a great deal to me as I just didn’t expect to get selected.

Which one of your successes to date are you particularly proud of?
Normally I should say that it was my win in the Belgian mountain bike championship in 2011, but it’s not because for me it’s my second place in the Belgian cyclo-cross championship since in this event the U-17 and U-19 age groups started together. I finished in second place as the youngest rider in the race, dominating the action for long periods and all this on the world championship course of 2007 in Hoogleede-Gits.
In Graz at the MTB European championship I finished in 22nd place, which I wasn’t particularly satisfied with because I had trouble coping with the heat.
This year (2012) I have started riding the track and have already taken part in the Ominum, where I finished 5th. I also finished 2nd in the points race and 3rd in the individual pursuit over 2000m at the Belgian championships.
I have also achieved several other podium places (6 in total) at national level in 5 different disciplines (track, road, cyclo-cross, MTB and time-trial).
In Paris in 2011 I won the “Grand Prix Bruno Guerreiro” in the U-15 age group and was even 2nd in the U-17 event.
I also won the overall classification of the Belgian “O2″ Mountain Bike Cup.

What are your main aims for the 2012 season?
In the 2012 season I would like to finish in the top 5 in the 5 disciplines at the Belgian championships, which will be a really tough call because this will be my first year riding in the U-17 age group. However, I have already achieved 2 of my 5 aims for this year (2nd in the cyclo-cross and track events, 2nd in the points race and 3rd in the individual pursuit over 2000m).
At the European Championships in Graz I’d of course like to achieve a much better result this year and am hoping for slightly colder weather than we had during the 2011 race. I hope that I can gain a few other victories during the 2012 season and that I will learn a lot!

Where would you like to be in your cycling career in five years time?
In 5 years I’d like to have firmly established myself as an elite lady rider in cyclo-cross and MTB as well as on the road.

Thanks Eva Maria, we wish you the best of luck and are looking forward to a great season with you!

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Markus Kvist from Sweden

Hi Markus, well done, you’ve made it onto the team.

What does it mean to you to be part of the Canyon Young Heroes program?
I do not really believe it has sunk in yet …. I am really pleased to have the chance to be with Young Heroes and hope I can benefit from the experience and knowledge that the team has to offer.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get interested in cycling?

My name is Marcus and I have one older and one younger brother and a sister, who is the youngest. We all cycle for the bike club “FK pedal” and the club has just recently moved into a new club house that the members built. I love sports and play football, badminton and hockey, etc. during the winter.
My interest in cycling started when my younger brother Linus wanted to try cycling. My grandfather and father also cycled in the past, so dad started cycling with Linus and wanted me to join them. I rode the first couple of weeks on my own bike before I borrowed a racing bike from the club. I then trained with the club for three weeks before I won the Swedish championship in road racing. That’s the way my passion for cycling began.

Which one of your successes to date are you particularly proud of?
U6 Cycle Tour; I wore the yellow jersey for two days and finished in second place in the overall classification.

What are your main aims for the 2012 season?
To become Swedish Champion and a top 3 finish in the U6 Cycle Tour.

Where would you like to be in your cycling career in five years time?
I want to ride in one of the world’s best teams.

Thanks for talking to us and best of luck for a successful season!

Introducing the Young Heroes 2012 – on we go

Monday, February 6th, 2012

The Canyon Young Heroes program, which was founded in 2008, has already helped many young riders on their way to a big career in cycling. One outstanding example is Rick Zabel, son of our mentor Erik Zabel. Rick made it into the pro ranks and now rides for the top Dutch racing team Rabobank. Jan Brockhoff is another example. Jan competed for the national squad on five occasions in 2011 and shone in numerous events and national championships. These are just two of many other examples of success. This year we are looking forward to supporting another ten talented riders on their way to successful careers in cycle sport.

Today we introduce you to Mathieu Rigollo from France and Manuel Porzner from Germany.

Hello Mathieu,
We are pleased to welcome you to the Canyon Young Heroes team.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get interested in cycling?
I am Mathieu Rigollot, from France. I was born in Bar sur Aube on the 08/01/1997. This is also the city of my club, L’Etoile Cycliste Baralbine. I came to cycling thanks to my father, who also cycled when he was young, and seeing the Bar sur Aube night race every year. I have been riding road races and cyclo cross since I was 8 years old.

Which one of your successes to date are you particularly proud of?
There is no special success I am particularly proud of. I am proud of my performances over the entire season. I got 36 victories in 40 races that I won in both disciplines (road and cyclo-cross races). I was consistent throughout the season and also won the Champagne Ardennes FFC (French Federation) title.

What are your main aims for the 2012 season?
For 2012, I obviously hope to secure as many victories as I can and to discover new great races like the French Championship or the “Challenge de l’Est” or the Assen Tour with the Young Heroes. In cyclo-cross, I would like to have a successful winter season and am aiming for a place in the starting line-up in the French Championships.

Where would you like to be in your cycling career in five years time?
In 5 years from now on, I would like to be contracted to a professional team and earn a living from my passion. I want to take part in the biggest professional Classics and play a great role in those races. It would be the best way to realize my dreams.

Thanks for talking to us Mathieu; we wish you a great start to the season!
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Hello Manuel,
Congratulations! You have succeeded in snapping up one of the coveted places on the Canyon Young Heroes Team in 2012!

What does it mean to you to be part of the Young Heroes program?
It is an honor for me to represent Canyon in races and give everything. I think working together with the many young riders from all over Europe as well as sprint-legend Erik Zabel will help me gain a great deal of experience.
Furthermore I’m really looking forward to the professional support and superb equipment we’ll be receiving.

How did you get interested in cycling?
I got interested in cycle sport when I took part in a hobby race organized by my current club RSG Ansbach and from then on I was hooked. Bodo Schwager, the driving force in my club provided me with a bike and in 2006 I got my first racing license.

Which one of your successes to date are you particularly proud of?
I’ve had 83 wins in my career so far, my biggest ones being victory in the German Team Time-Trial Championship, four German runner-up titles on track and road as well as podium finishes in several international stage races including 3rd place in the prologue of the ASVÖ Radjugendtour 2011 and my victory at the Kidstour 2010.

What are your main aims for the 2012 season?
My main focus this year will be on the national Championships on track and road, but podium places in international stage races are still a major target for me.

We are looking forward to an exciting and successful season with you!

Young Heroes 2012: The next please…

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The Young Heroes are an important investment in our future and very close to our CEO Roman Arnold’s heart. In his youth he was also a racing cyclist and knows just how important professional support is.

Today we’d like to introduce Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen and Mikkel Honoré from Denmark.

Hello Mathias, we are happy to have you on board.

What does it mean to you to be part of the Young Heroes program?
For me it means that as a part of the Young Heroes I will have a great opportunity to meet a lot of interesting riders, pros and teams, race in Europe and have Erik Zabel the great sprinter as a mentor. Another great thing about being a part of Young Heroes is the support the team gets from Canyon.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get interested in cycling?
My interest in cycling started in 2005 when I was watching the TDF on the television at my mom´s work. One of my Mom´s co-workers was former pro bike rider in the US and Denmark, he asked me if I was interested in cycling and if I was I could buy his old bike. I started in August that year and have been riding bike races ever since. 

Which one of your successes to date are you particularly proud of?
One of my successes that I’m proud of is the title as Danish Champion in road racing in 2011. The competition was very tough due to all the excellent riders in Denmark that year. I had been the Danish Champion 4 times before but in 2011 I had to work very hard to achieve that goal again. Another thing that I’m proud of is my 119 victories in road races, time trails, track and cyclo cross events. 

What are your main aims for the 2012 season?
My main aim is a place on the podium in the Danish Championship in road racing and in time trail. Another aim is to do my very best in all the races that I participate in and make my mark as a rider who can change the course of a race. I will do my very best to put Canyon on the top of the podium in 2012.

Where would you like to be in your cycling career in five years time?
I would like to ride on a pro-continental team and have my base in Italy or Belgium. Why I would like to ride for a pro-continental team and not a UCI team like SAXO Bank or Leopard, etc, is that my opportunities might be greater on the pro-continental team.

Thanks for talking to us and all the best for the 2012 season!
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Hi Mikkel,
Congratulations, you’re on the team!!

Mikkel Honoré

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get interested in cycling?
My name is Mikkel Honoré, I am 15 years old and from Denmark. I have been cycling for 8 years. 2011 was a big year for me. I was selected for the Danish national team.
Everything started in 2004. I got interested in cycling from my older brother. I started in the U-11 class and went to races every weekend with my father and brother. And we travelled throughout the country to the bike races.

What does it mean to you to be part of the Young Heroes program?
It means a lot to me. It is like a dream come true. I expect to gain a lot of experience with the staff and the Young Heroes. I am also very happy to get this nice equipment and the chance to achieve better results.

Which one of your successes to date are you particularly proud of?
I think it would be the victory in the Kids-Tour Berlin. On the 1st stage we rode along Königstraße and winning there was an amazing feeling.

What are your main aims for the 2012 season?
My goal is to have a good or maybe even better season than last year and get selected for the team to ASVÖ Radjugend-Tour in Austria

Dear Mikkel, have a great season and have fun on the Young Heroes Team!

Curtain is raised on the Young Heroes 2012 – and on it goes

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Piles of applications have been read and evaluated – now we have the ten young talents who managed to secure one of the coveted places on the Canyon Young Heroes Team in 2012. Over the next few days we’ll be introducing you to all the riders in short interviews and asking them about their wishes and aims for the coming season as Canyon Young Heroes.

 

On we go Michael O‘ Loughlin from Ireland and Jonathan Cuanon from France.

Hi Michael,
Congratulations, you’re on the team!

Michael O'Loughlin

What does it mean to you to be part of the Young Heroes program?
I am delighted to be part of the Canyon Young Heroes Team. I’m the first rider from Ireland to be picked, so that makes it extra special. I can’t wait to go to Tuscany and meet Erik Zabel and Andrea Tafi. And I get a great new Canyon bike!

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get interested in cycling?
I come from the home town of Sean Kelly. My Dad is a racer who was an Irish champion and manages the Irish cycling team. I started racing at the age of 10 and loved it straight away.

Which one of your successes to date are you particularly proud of?
It’s great to win a National Championship and I’ve been fortunate to win road race, time trial and criterium championships. It’s great to have the full set.

What are your main aims for the 2012 season?
For 2012, I hope to compete successfully in more international races with the Cycling Ireland Talent Team 2020. I hope to get stronger and faster and possibly win a medal in the 2013 EYOF in Utrecht.

Where would you like to be in your cycling career in five years time?
Hopefully in five years time, I’ll be riding for a continental team, and performing well enough to get a place on a World Tour team. 

Thanks for talking to us and have a great season!

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Jonathan Cuanon

Hello Jonathan,
Congratulations! It’s great to have you on board.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get interested in cycling?
My name is Jonathan Couanon. I live in Cagnes sur Mer near Nice, in the south of France. I’ve been riding a bike since a very young age because my father and two brothers (17 and 20 years old) also cycle.

What does it mean to you to be part of the Young Heroes program?
I know several cyclists from my region who participated in the Young Heroes Program. I’m looking forward to being a part of this team and competing some big events. I hope being a part of this team is going to allow me to progress and to realize my goals.

Which one of your successes to date are you particularly proud of?
My best results last year were the general classification of the “Tour des Bouches du Rhône”, including 2 stage wins.  I also got a second place at the “Trophée de France des Jeunes Cyclistes”.

What are your main aims for the 2012 season?
My main aims for this year are:
  – The French Championship
  - The regional Championship
  – The inter-regional South-East Championship ( 3 races )   ”

Where would you like to be in your cycling career in five years time?
I want to get a pro contract and have a successful pro career.

We are looking forward to an exciting season and wish you all the very best of luck!

Curtain is raised on the Young Heroes 2012

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

We received innumerable applications from young riders for a place on the Young Heroes team. We read and evaluated piles of applications before we reached our decisions and that was no mean task because we only had 10 places available on the team.

We are now happy to be able to present the 10 young talents we selected for our Canyon Young Heroes program 2012.

So wird das neue Young Heroes Trikot aussehen!

The young stars will continue to ride for their own clubs and will receive a comprehensive package including bike equipment and professional support from former pro Erik Zabel. These are the perfect prerequisites for a successful season.

If this were on TV, now the third commercial break would just be starting and we’d have to put up with several minutes of waffle before the new riders are finally named and presented to the public. However, that’s not the way we do it.

Lights out and on comes the super trouper! Here are the Canyon Young Heroes 2012
Alex Mengoulas (13.07.1997)
Netherlands
Michael O‘ Loughlin (14.02.1997)
Ireland
Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (05.05.1997)
Denmark
Mikkel Frøhlich Honoré (21.01.1997)
Denmark
Mathieu Rigollot (08.01.1997)
France
Eva Maria Palm (07.11.1997)
Belgium
Manuel Porzner (25.02.1996)
Germany
Karl Burchardt (19.04.1997)
Germany
Marcus Kvist (07.11.1997)
Sweden
Jonathan Covanon (08.04.1997)
France

In the next few days we’ll be introducing you to the new riders in the blog individually.
Right, off we go with Alex Mengoulas

Hi Alex,
Congratulations, you got a place on the team!

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What does it mean to you to be part of the Young Heroes program?
I’m very happy I have been selected for this Young Heroes program, where we will learn new techniques from people with a lot of experience in cycling like Erik Zabel. I’m also looking forward to meeting the boys and girls who have been selected by Canyon so we can learn to work together to achieve success.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get interested in cycling?
I’m Alex Mengoulas from Holland. I was born in Almere on 13-07-1997. I come from a family with a Greek father and a Dutch mother.I go to a special school for children who like to do sports very much.Here we have the opportunity to do more training or to go to training camps elsewhere.
Soon after I learned to walk, I also learned to cycle and that’s because of my father.He is a very fanatical cyclist and so I was very young when I got the passion for cycling, too.

Which one of your successes to date are you particularly proud of?
I’m very proud of my second Dutch championship title, because I had to defend my first title, which I won for the first time in 2010. Also the trail was very difficult with a lot of climbs and the competition was very tough that season. At the end I finished well ahead of the second and third placed riders. This victory is one I will never forget, it felt great.

What are your main aims for the 2012 season?
For 2012 I want to ride many classics in Holland, Belgium, and Germany. The most important competitions for me this year are the TMP Tour, the Youth Tour Assen, the Dutch championship and Hamburg.

Where would you like to be in your cycling career in five years time?
About 5 years from now I would like to be placed in a successful international team. If I get the right guidance, I hope to be successful in the big classics and in the tours like the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and the Vuelta.

All the best,
Alex

Young Heroes 2012: The countdown has started

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

In just a few days we’ll be introducing you to the Young Heroes team 2012.

The response to our call for applications was immense. Innumerable applications from right across Europe landed on our desks here in Koblenz. We are really pleased about the response because since the program began in 2008 we have already managed to help many young talents take major steps forward in their cycling careers. One of the outstanding examples is Rick Zabel (son of our mentor Erik Zabel), who has now made it into the pro ranks and secured a pro contract for the coming season with the Dutch Rabobank team. Another rider with equally good prospects is Jan Brockhoff, who was selected for the national team 5 times in 2011 and enjoyed considerable success in numerous events and championships. These are just two examples of many.

Spoilt for choice – meet the jury
We consider the Young Heroes to be an investment in the future and the program is also something which is dear to Canyon CEO Roman Arnold’s heart. Roman was himself a successful racing cyclist in his youth and knows just how important it is to have professional support. It’s therefore only natural that he is also involved in the selection process of the young talents. Ex-pro Erik Zabel is also involved as Erik has been mentor of the Young Heroes since the very start. The other members of the jury include our Team and Event Coordinator Dominic Picquardt, who is the direct contact for the young riders during the season. Sebastian Jadczak, who is our Product Manager for road bikes, is also involved in our selection procedure. The jury is rounded off by the two experienced former Young Heroes and Friends of Canyon Jan Brockhoff and Lucas Liß.

The jury’s work is moving at full steam ahead with piles of applications which need to be read, analyzed, deliberated over and finally decided upon. This is no mean task because nearly all the candidates are talented and have already numerous victories under their belts. The riders who gain a place on the Young Heroes 15+ squad and the chance to ride like a pro for a whole year will be revealed in just a few days here in the blog.

Auswahl der Young Heroes 2012: Dominic Piquardt und Sebastian Jadczak im Gespräch

However, we can already let you in on a little secret…
Jérémy Defaye, Axelle Dubau-Prevot, Jesper Schultz, Jonas Bokeloh and Eric Alfaro Dufour – five successful riders from the 2011 Young Heroes team will be riding in the 17+ category for Canyon this year. We are really pleased we are able to accompany our Young Heroes one step further towards a pro career.

Looking ahead to the first training camp in Tuscany

In just a few weeks we’ll be off to our first training camp with the Young Heroes. From 23 to 26 February our new Young Heroes and mentor Erik Zabel will be flying to Italy with the entire crew to get ready for the new racing season. The riders will be accommodated on the country estate of cycling legend and Canyon brand ambassador Andrea Tafi in Tuscany. Together with the Italian junior squad Polisportiva Monsummanese (which is also supported by Canyon) the Young Heroes will do the necessary conditioning work for the coming season under the professional supervision of Andrea Tafi and Erik Zabel.

The agenda during the three-day training camp will include a getting -to-know-you session, a hand-over of equipment to the riders, training and theory sessions with Erik and Tafi and also a photo-shoot. We’ll keep you informed about how they all get on.

All other information on the Young Heroes program is available at: youngheroes.canyon.com

Jérémy Defaye’s reflections on the 2011 season

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I have just finished my first season with the Canyon Young Heroes team. I’m in the juveniles category (15 -16 years). I had a fantastic year with all the people involved with the Young Heroes.

 

My Canyon bike is an Ultimate CF SLX. I think it’s a superb bike because it’s not only lively and responsive to ride, but also comfortable.

My season began in March and I ended it with 10 wins on my account, culminating with victory last weekend in the “Chrono des Nations” in Vendee, western France. The event was the highlight of the year and the best French riders were lined up at the start. This was the first time that this event was open to my category. Although time-trial bikes were not allowed on the 17 km course, I was still able to produce a fast time as I was in great form. I did the 17 km in 24:16 minutes – that’s an average speed of 42.2 km /h. I therefore took my place on the podium alongside Elite men’s winner Tony Martin. This was a fantastic result for me and one which I’m extremely proud of.

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The second big victory I achieved was in the regional championships and the event was organized by my own club. It was a long race of over 76 km. I attacked a lot during the event and all my efforts were worth it in the end. 3 laps before the finish I attacked once more and was able to enjoy my win to the full. That was a great feeling! In August I travelled to Assen in the Netherlands with the entire Young Heroes team. The event was a six-stage road race. Erik Zabel was with us and supervised us before, during and after the race. It was a great experience for us to have him close at hand. Next year my big targets are the “Marc Madiot Trophy” and the French National Championships. I’d really like to win that event and become French champion.

All the best,
Jérémy