Jérémy Defaye’s reflections on the 2011 season

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.


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,

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