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.
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)
Michael O‘ Loughlin (14.02.1997)
Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (05.05.1997)
Mikkel Frøhlich Honoré (21.01.1997)
Mathieu Rigollot (08.01.1997)
Eva Maria Palm (07.11.1997)
Manuel Porzner (25.02.1996)
Karl Burchardt (19.04.1997)
Marcus Kvist (07.11.1997)
Jonathan Covanon (08.04.1997)
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
Congratulations, you got a place on the team!
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,