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Wednesday Winners: Two Victories in One Day for Canyon

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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When you’re only halfway through the week and your riding plans at the weekend still seem a way off, it’s easy to see why people refer to Wednesday as the “hump” day.

Nevertheless, Canyon got a mid-week boost yesterday with not one, but two victories coming from our UCI ProTeams. No sooner had Norwegian Alexander Kristoff opened Team Katusha’s 2014 victory account at the Tour of Oman when Alejandro Valverde blasted through the streets of southern Spain to take the win in the prologue of the Vuelta a Andalucia.

First win in the bag for Katusha and Kristoff 

Kristoff has clearly bounced back well from the bad luck that plagued him at the Tour of Qatar, where he crashed heavily. After finishing in the top 10 on stage one in Oman, at the end of stage two he was able to show his good early season form and tactical nous by sprinting into a block headwind in a bunch kick against a strong field.

Kristoff now sits in second place in the overall standings with the situation looking good for the coming northern classics, which the Norwegian has set among his main 2014 objectives.

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TT Prep pays off for Movistar Team 

Further west in sunny southern Spain, the Vuelta a Andalucia kicked off yesterday with a technical 7.3km prologue through Almeria. Fresh from a training camp to hone their positions aboard their new Speedmax CF time trial machines, Movistar Team was able reap the rewards by placing three riders in the top 10 with Valverde now leading the race. In an exhibition of supreme bike handling, Valverde ripped through the corner-strewn course and at one point even overtook the race commissaire’s motorbike.

The Spaniard was clearly pleased with his new bit of kit, stating, “It was the first time on my new TT bike and this debut was impossible to improve. We are very satisfied with how it works.” Teammates Jon Izaguirre and Javier Moreno now sit in 3rd and 7th position respectively as the squad looks in fine nick heading into the remaining four stages.

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Canyon and Katusha Embark on Third Season Together

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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With two highly successful seasons alongside UCI ProTeam Katusha behind us, tomorrow marks the official start of our third season together as the team unveils its full rider line-up in Koblenz ready to take on the 2014 UCI WorldTour.  In addition to the rider presentation, Team Katusha will also be celebrating the 5-year anniversary of its establishment. The event tomorrow is a first for Canyon.Home.

Canyon has been official bike supplier to Team Katusha since the beginning of 2012. The team surrounding the UCI WorldTour’s top-ranked rider for 2012/13, Joaquim Rodríguez, his compatriot Dani Moreno and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Alexander Kristoff will once again compete on Canyon bikes whilst aiming for victory in the world’s biggest races. Alongside the UCI ProTeam, which entered into its sixth season at the Tour Down Under in Australia last week, the Russian Global Cycling Project also consists of two youth teams as well as a UCI Continental team.

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All the flagship models from our range will be available to the team, including the Ultimate CF SLX, Aeroad CF and Speedmax CF for deployment in time trials. The bikes will furthermore be equipped with Mavic wheels and tyres, Shimano drivetrains, Selle Italia saddles as well as Ritchey bars and stems. Aeroad CF and Ultimate CF SLX models as used by the team are also available to the public as replica models.

Defending No.1  

“Back to No. 1”. This was Joaquim Rodríguez and Team Katusha’s mission statement at the beginning of 2013. Following success in 2012, Purito, Katusha and Canyon set out to defend his title as the UCI’s top-ranked rider by targeting the races of the UCI WorldTour. At the end of a thrilling season that went right down to the wire, the Catalan came out on top by sealing victory at “Il Lombardia” for the second year in a row on his Aeroad CF. Off the back of two successful campaigns, the team is once again fired up to claim an unprecedented third title in a row in 2014.

Following some 573 race days over the past two seasons, we will continue to work side by side with Team Katusha throughout 2014 in order to seek out every last performance advantage. A constant dialogue between Katusha’s riders and our R&D team is of huge importance to further product development. This relationship is highly valued by Canyon founder and CEO, Roman Arnold: “Having the co-operation of the world’s best riders was a key motive when becoming bike supplier to Katusha. We are absolutely passionate about cycling and constantly strive to build the best bike in the world.” We look forward to continuing our partnership with Katusha and to many more fantastic moments along the way as they set out to defend their title.

Canyon and Katusha – Highlights


1st UCI WorldTour Individual Ranking

1st Fléche Wallonne

2nd Overall at Giro d’Italia

2 Stage wins at Giro d’Italia

11 Days in Pink Jersey at Giro d’italia

3rd Overall at Vuelta a España

3 Stage wins at Vuelta a España

13 Days in Red Jersey at Vuelta a España

1st Il Lombardia

3rd Olympic Games Road Race


1st UCI WorldTour Individual Ranking

3rd Overall at Tour de France

1st Fléche Wallonne

1 Stage win at Giro d’Italia

4 Days in Pink Jersey at Giro d’italia

1st Tour of Norway

3 Stage wins at Vuelta a España

4th Overall at Vuelta a España

1st Il Lombardia

2nd World Championship Road Race

Movistar Team Reign Supreme in Argentina

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Movistar Team came away from an intense week of racing at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina with two stage victories and the overall to round off a dream start to their 2014 campaign.

Following Nairo Quintana’s impressive solo victory atop the Cerro el Amago on stage 4, new-recruit Adriano Malori doubled up the following day with an outstanding performance in the 19.2 km ITT. What’s more, Quintana was able to use the team’s new Speedmax CF to good effect by overcoming the four second deficit to then-race leader, Phillip Gaimon, to pull on the leader’s jersey, which he successfully defended to the end of the race.

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Important Result

Despite a rough start to the week with stomach problems plaguing members of the team in addition to the misfortune suffered by the squad racing at the Tour Down Under, where two riders were side-lined after crashing heavily, Movistar Team came out of the season-opening races on a high. Directeur Sportif José Luis Jaimerena was keen to praise his rider’s efforts: “Starting the season this way is always important, especially for the team’s morale.”

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What’s to Come

The entire Movistar Team will be in Madrid this Friday for their official team presentation before the racing calendar picks up the pace. With Quintana himself claiming that he is yet to hit top-form, expect plenty more to come from the boys in blue over the coming season.

Team Movistar Overall Rankings:

1. Nairo Quintana
43. Andrey Amador
45. Benat Intxausti
81. Adriano Malori
97. Fran Ventoso
101. Pablo Lastras

Movistar Team and Canyon: On the road to success

First Win in the Bag: Quintana Climbs to Victory at Tour de San Luis

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Nairo Quintana opened Movistar Team’s 2014 victory account by taking an impressive solo win at the summit finish of stage four of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina. Movistar Team set a fierce pace at the foot of the climb to Cerro El Amago at the end of the 169 km stage, setting up Quintana perfectly to launch his attack.

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The 9.4 km ascent suited the Columbian’s style perfectly as he was once again able to showcase his exceptional climbing talent aboard his new Aeroad CF, finishing 50 seconds ahead of his nearest rival and putting over 4 minutes into current race leader Phillip Gaimon’s advantage. The race is now perfectly poised heading into the penultimate stage, a 19.2 km ITT around the streets of San Luis, where Quintana will deploy the Speedmax CF to try and close the 4 second gap separating him and Gaimon in the GC.

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Having already placed riders on the podium twice in previous stages, yesterday’s win marked the first victory for Movistar Team in 2014 and will set the precedent for the rest of the season. What’s more, it marks the first success in the new partnership between Canyon and Movistar Team. We look forward to more of the same ¡Grande Nairo!


Best of 2013: Anton Thelander and Thomas Genon

Friday, January 17th, 2014

It’s scary how fast the 2013 season came and went. Then again, with all the action, nail biting contests and heart stopping moments, it’s no surprise that the year flew past. Surrounded by the heated battle for the FMB World Tour title, both CANYON riders, Thomas Genon and Anton Thelander had their best season to date. One year ago, they had their first ride on the new CANYON ‘Stitched’ dirt bike and from there they toured the globe, competing at the biggest competitions on the FMB World Tour calendar. These included: Red Bull Berg Line and X Games Munich in Germany, Crankworx Les Deux Alpes in France, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx in the Canadian Whistler as well as Red Bull Rampage in the desert of Utah.
2013 was packed with highlights but the new season recap clip summarizes their season and re-lives their best, podium winning runs.

Thomas Genon

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Ever since his unexpected victory at Red Bull Joyride in 2012, Thomas Genon is an inseparable part of the FMB World Tour. However, winning the biggest contest of the year has its consequences – all eyes and expectations were focused on him for 2013. With a cool head on his shoulders and not perturbed by the pressure, Thomas had a successful season demonstrating consistency and progression. In 2013, he stood on the podium four times at various FMB World Tour events, and came within a whisker of another four podium results. Thomas took gold at King of Dirt (ITA), silver at Vienna Air King (AUT) and Scott on Air @ Bikes and Beats Festival (AUT) and bronze at FISE Slopestyle (FRA). Then, at Red Bull Rampage in October he proved that he also feels confident on his big CANYON Torque DHX and placed 10th. Overall, Thomas once again raised the bar and finished 4th in the FMB World Tour overall ranking.

Anton Thelander

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: where to start? In 2012 young Anton broke through and in 2013 he showed exactly why he is currently one of the hottest riders on the scene. His famous clean style of riding earned him the nickname “Cleanlander”, but also caught the eye of fans, sponsors as well as fellow athletes. Camouflaged as a rookie athlete, and equipped with his CANYON Stitched bike, Anton flowed from jump to jump, firing trick after trick, and consequently landed on podium after podium. The Swede won a total of six medals! For Anton and his fans, the greatest achievement came in May when he took third place at the FMB World Tour gold event, Red Bull Berg Line. This achievement paved the way for his incredible season. He later went on to take silver at the SlopeFest in Sweden. Then he spun his way to victory at Red Bull Phenom during X Games Munich with a breathtaking 360 from the nearly 10 meter final drop. Across the pond, in Northern America it was no different: a solid 3rd place at the slopestyle contest, Colorado Freeride Festival (USA), gave a clear signal that he was on a roll. At Red Bull Joyride during Crankworx Whistler (CAN), he just missed the podium, but took home the ‘Young Gun Award’ for his outstanding performance. Outside of the FMB World Tour, Anton also took victories at the in Zurich (SUI) and at the debut of the Martin Söderström Invitational (SWE). Improving his overall ranking by 20 places – ‘Cleanlander’ finished 6th in the FMB World Tour overall ranking. A success that should be still exceeded in 2014: “I’m happy with my season, but there is always room for improvement. I’m looking forward to the next season and hopefully even better results,” said the 19-year-old from Uppsala.

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Canyon Year Review 2013 – Part 4

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013

In just seven days we bid goodbye to 2013. What a year! For you to enjoy your holidays a little bit more, we present you with Days 21 to 24 of the Canyon Year Review.

Have a great time and enjoy yourselves!

Day 21

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100th Edition of the Tour de France – 100 years of cycling legends. To pay homage to the great event, we created a special edition of our top model, the Ultimate CF SLX. With a limited run of just 21 examples representing the 21 stages of “La Grande Boucle”, every delivery of an Ultimate CF SLX CAPTURED comes with a photo portfolio by Tino Pohlmann. This collection of images covers the last ten years of the Tour de France from the side of the road, from the perspective of the fans that stand for hours on end to catch a glimpse of their heroes, these people who share our absolute passion for cycling.

Ultimate CF SLX CAPTURED – a homage

Day 22

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Canyon goes Enduro! – This didn’t just apply to our Canyon Factory Enduro Team this year, but to Canyon employees as well! Our Team “Endurohelden” Stefan Klein, Monika Fritzsche, Mario Herbold and Marc Pindra were successful in races both at home in Germany and abroad, just like their colleague Rainer Grüttner. Our resident road racers and triathletes were also at it: Thomas Laschet, Thorsten Müller, Werner Gräfen und Reik Mantay took full advantage of our employee sponsoring scheme throughout 2013.

Our Team “Endurohelden” on Facebook

Day 23

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At the end of April, every square inch of Canyon.Home in Koblenz was taken over by our Pure Cycling Festival! Thousands of visitors came to check out our latest bikes, take part in workshops and mix it up against our Heroes in various races. One of the best bits for us was the unveiling of our brand-new Canyon Pumptrack. A fantastic weekend had by all – bring on next year!

Our review in German

Day 24

One Family. One Idea. Pure Cycling. Our pros thrive on the day-to-day challenges presented by their sport and so do we. Their passion and our aspiration combined in 2013 to produce many unforgettable moments. No setback, obstacle or crash could stand in our way. In the end, we all came out on top. Bring on 2014! Merry Christmas!

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See you next year!

The Canyon Team

Part 1 of the Canyon Year Review

Part 2 of the Canyon Year Review

Part 3 of the Canyon Year Review

Canyon Year Review 2013 – Part 3

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013

Christmas is drawing closer, can you feel it? Before you’re off on holiday, we present you with Days 14 to 20 of the Canyon Year Review.

Day 14

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The Inflite AL makes winter a thing of the past! Its brother’s frame, the Ultimate AL’s, is a lesson to all others showing what can be achieved using aluminium and in numerous grouptests it has left several of its carbon-framed competitors in its wake (“Winner” TOUR 05/13). As a new addition to the Canyon range the Inflite AL has benefited from the success of our other models to help create an outstanding cyclocross bike. With the Inflite AL, there’s simply no excuse not to get out and ride every day of the year!

Canyon goes Cross

Day 15

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After the huge disappointment of just missing out on being crowned World Champion at the end of September in Florence, Katusha’s Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez bounced straight back with a commanding victory at Italy’s autumn classic, “Il Lombardia” for the second year in succession. For Canyon this marked yet another milestone taking our win tally to four in the “Race of the Falling Leaves”, one of cycling’s Monuments. With this victory Purito was also reinstated as number one rider in the UCI WorldTour Rankings. Follow his journey “Back to No. 1” in our 11 part fly-on-the-wall documentary.

Purito’s journey “Back to No. 1″

Day 16

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What a start to 2013! In February, 15 year-old Belgian Eva Maria Palm cleaned up at the Amateur National Championships in Ghent, winning three medals in her age category aboard her Canyon V-Drome. Eva Maria rode for the Canyon Young Heroes Team in both 2012 and 2013, an initiative that was born in 2008 to encourage up-and-coming riders. Applications are now open for places on the 2014 team.

Young Heroes 2014, apply now!

Day 17

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Every year for the past 6 years, Dirt Magazine meticulously review the very best Mountain Bike products on the market to compile the annual Dirt 100. Quite simply the 100 top downhill / enduro products on the market. To make it into the list with one bike is an honour so to have 2 make the grade this year with the Torque DHX Flashzone and Spectral AL 9.0 EX is pretty special! Find out more about both Canyon models elcted, click here:

Torque DHX Flashzone
Spectral AL 9.0 EX

Day 18

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2013 World Champions, European Champions and Transalp Champions. Topeak-Ergon Racing Team riders Alban Lakata and Sally Bigham have had more than their fair share of success over the past season. They weren’t alone, however, with 24 year-old German Nadine Rieder taking a well-deserved third place in the Eliminator Sprint at the Cross Country World Cup in Albstadt. We look forward to more of the same in 2014!

Grand Canyon CF – the Transalp Winner 2013

Day 19

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In 2013 we got itchy feet. So we decided to go on tour! Between March and June we visited Freiburg, Koblenz, Munich, Hamburg and Berlin with our latest models for the public to try out as well as workshops to take part in. Thanks to everyone who showed up, we had a great time and hope you did too!

Day 20

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Yesterday in Madrid Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez picked up the coveted UCI WorldTour Trophy 2013 by Brian Cookson. This is the third time Purito has won the award following his achievements in 2010 and 2012 and he can now take joy in the successful completion of his mission from the start of the year, “Back to No. 1”. Congratulations, Purito!

Purito’s journey “Back to No. 1″

Look forward to part 4!

Part 1 of the Canyon Year Review

Part 2 of the Canyon Year Review

Canyon Year Review 2013 – Part 2

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013

The Countdown continues, the third advent is already behind us. Here we present you with days 7 to 13 of the Canyon Year Review.

Again, we hope you have a great festive period!

Day 7

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Slopestyle aces Anton Thelander and Thomas Genon spend more time in the air than on the ground. Riding their new Canyon Stitched concept bikes, these guys have been whipping, quite literally up a storm across the slopestyle scene. Thomas Genon proved such with 3rd at the FISE World Montpellier Slopestyle Event and 2nd at Vienna Air King. Meanwhile, Anton “Cleanlander” Thelander fully lived up to his nickname by taking the spoils at the Red Bull Phenom Contest as well as the Martin Söderström Invitational.

Day 8

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Incredible result. We are proud. Really damn proud. Thanks to all the readers of the magazines TOUR, BIKE and FREERIDE. The survey in all three journals showed that most of you next year intend to buy a Canyon bike. And on top of that we have been chosen as the winner of the Reader’s Choice for “Best Bike Brand” in BIKE and TOUR. And the second winner in FREERIDE magazine in this category. Awesome.

Canyon is the number 1!

Day 9

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Triathlete Leanda Cave had a clear goal at Kona in 2013: the defence of her Ironman World Championship crown. In spite of a difficult build-up, the Welshwoman was not deterred, especially as she had a special weapon hidden up her sleeve. The new Speedmax CF made its debut on Hawaii to help carry Leanda to victory. Unfotunately, this year things didn’t quite work out that way, but Leanda will be back and fired up again in 2014, taking inspiration from Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez’s motto this year, “Back to Nr. 1.” We wish her the very best of luck next year and will be there to support her throughout!


Day 10

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For several years Canyon has supplied the Norwegian market with superior quality bikes. Now we are looking to expand our customer service through a local service centre in Norway. Canyon is represented in 14 European countries and in 2013 Norway will become the 15th. Welcome to the Canyon Crew!

Day 11

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The biggest Mountainbike event in Europe – Roc D’Azur. 250 exhibitors, 20.000 participants and 150.000 visitors from 50 countries, all of them had only one thing on their minds: bikes. Canyon was the main partner and had lots of surprises ready for everyone: some Canyon heroes visited, more than 40 bikes of the 2014 range were available for testing, afterwards the models got cleaned at the Canyon bikewash and all visitors could talk shop with Canyon mechanics while enjoying some special flavored ice cream in Canyon Factory Enduro Team and Topeak-Ergon Racing Team colors.

Roc d’Azur

Day 12

The Spectral AL – A highly versatile bike constructed for uncompromising all-mountain demands. New for the 2014 season, this is the first ever bike we have built with 27.5” wheels, providing the perfect compromise between 26” wheels’ nimble agility and the smooth rolling of 29” hoops.

Day 13

With a smile on her face, Ines Thoma acknowledges that “racing is not always about just being intelligent”. The Bavarian is the sole female representative of the Canyon Factory Enduro Team and shares her passion for enduro in the video “This is Enduro” along with her teammates Joe Barnes and Fabien Barel. Six minutes that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!

We keep the ball rolling on our website and Facebook page, go and take a look!

Look forward to part 3!

Part 1 of the Canyon Year Review

Salut, Ludo May!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

There’s no rest for the wicked! After an exhausting enduro season, the CANYON Factory Enduro Team have only a short minute to take a deep breath and let loose before diving into preparations for the upcoming season. The CFET will also be welcoming a new rider: the Swiss Ludovic “Ludo” May. The team’s newbie is full of potential: originating from downhill racing, the 24-year-old is following the footsteps of the CFET captain Fabien Barel. Ludo’s legs have already pushed through ten downhill and eight enduro seasons. His experience and passion for fast stages make him the perfect addition to the CANYON Factory Enduro Team.

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Growing up in the mountains, Ludo became passionate about mountain bike racing at a young age. He began by entering XC contests, but it did not take long for him to realize that adrenaline packed runs are his forte. From there, the results started rolling in: he was the highest ranked Swiss rider at the UCI World Championships DH 2011 (18th in the overall ranking), second in the Swiss Championships DH 2012 and 14th in the Enduro World Series 2013 overall ranking. Those are just some of the highlights – there are plenty more! But now, it is time for Ludo to take his professional racing career to the next level which is why he will be riding with the CFET for the 2014 season.
We are proud to announce that the Swiss enduro star Ludo will join our CANYON Factory Enduro Team,” said team manager Flo Goral. “With his pleasant manner, his particular riding style and of course his excellent results in the Enduro World Series he is a rider I have been targeting for quite some time. I am delighted he is an integral part of our team now and we can rock the big enduro races together!

His experience as a downhill racer has instilled a love for wet and muddy tracks. The dirtier the better – that’s when Ludo is in his element! His technical finesse and infamous riding style shine through during the damp grey race days. Saying that, his friendly “just go for it” approach to racing guarantee that he will be ripping up the tracks in every weather condition. His motto “laugh and live every present moment” doesn’t allow for down days. Generally, gravity is no enemy of the young Ludo – he embraces it during the downhill sections and befriends it during the uphill sections, making the leg burning climbs look as easy as a hot knife through butter. The fresh blooded Swiss is using the winter break to keep the momentum going. Fitness regimes at the gym, frosty bike rides and the occasional swim for all-round goodness.

With this in mind: Let’s ride together on another successful season in 2014!


Young Heroes Wanted: Apply now to become part of our 2014 Canyon Young Heroes Team!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Speed is not just a word. It’s a way of life. Were you born in 1998/99? Will you be competing in U17 races next year? Do you dream about training and racing just like the pros?

If so, we have just the thing for you: As a Canyon Young Hero you will ride and represent your local region while we provide you with the equipment you need for a whole year. You’ll get everything from team kit to a brand new, high-performance carbon race bike – just like our professional riders. But that’s not all. At a training camp in Mallorca early in the year you’ll have the opportunity to meet all your new teammates and carry out intense training under expert supervision to lay down the foundations for the coming season.

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Your Ride: The Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0
Light weight, stiffness and speed all combine together towards one target: forward propulsion. The new Ultimate CF SL 9.0 gives riders a huge boost due to its direct power transfer, sharp handling and smooth ride. With its slender tubing, free flowing form and seamless integrated cable routing, this bike looks born to race. Each bike will sport an exclusive Young Heroes design and will be tailored to each rider’s position as well as being equipped with the appropriate gear ratios for youth category racing.

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Are you ready to become a Young Hero?
Then apply now. With a bit of luck you could secure one of twelve coveted spots on the 2014 Canyon Young Heroes Team!
Application Deadline 31st December 2013.

Download and complete the application form now and either E-Mail it to
or send it by post to: Canyon Bicycles GmbH, Karl-Tesche Straße 12, D-56073, Koblenz, Germany.

At the beginning of January our jury will then choose from all the applications to decide on the riders who will make up the 2014 Canyon Young Heroes Team.

We are happy to announce that…
Truls Saedberg Assland (Norway), Luca Felix Happke (Germany) and Anthon Charming (Germany) – three of our successful 2013 Young Heroes Team riders will continue to ride for Canyon in U17 races for a second year. We are proud to be able to support these riders during the next stage as they progress towards a professional career.
Good Luck!

Investing in the Future: The Canyon Young Heroes
Cycling embodies passion and Canyon embodies cycling. Back in 2008 we set up the Young Heroes initiative to help support 15 young racers. Since then our Young Heroes programme has gone from strength to strength and each year we receive even more applications from riders between the ages of 14 and 16. The aim of this initiative is to encourage the young cyclists that will shape the future of our sport and give them the step-up they need so that they might one day make it into the professional ranks.