October 26, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the roster of new and returning athletes who will compete for the NextGen Men’s Track Endurance (NextGenMTE) program and Team RaceClean in 2017.
The foundation for this success has been in selecting an MTE group that trains and competes together throughout the year. For 2016, the program stepped up to the next level by bringing together 10 riders to train and compete as a Cycling Canada trade team for the entire season.
On the road, competing as Team RaceClean, the squad achieved multiple top-5 and top-10 results at internationally sanctioned European competitions, including wins at Fleche du Sud (Luxembourg), Tour de La Manche (France) and the overall title at Ronde van Oost Vlaanderen (Belgium). Domestically, a member of Team RaceClean became Canadian champion in the Under-23 Men’s Individual Time Trial. Members of the Team were also selected to represent Canada at the Road World Championships, in Doha, Qatar.
For the 2017 season, the NextGenMTE program received many strong applications from riders across Canada. We are proud to announce our selected riders for the 2017 season.
– Willem Boersma – Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
– Evan Burtnik – Edmonton, Alberta
– Aidan Caves – Vancouver, British Columbia
– William Elliott – Barrie, Ontario
– Jay Lamoureux – Victoria, British Columbia
– Bayley Simpson – Lindsay, Ontario
– Edward Walsh – Halifax, Nova Scotia
– Derek Gee – Ottawa, Ontario
– Thierry Kirouac-Marcassa – Boucherville, Quebec
– John Willcox – Victoria, British Columbia
– Luc Arseneau – National Road Development Coach
– Ian Melvin – NextGen MTE Coach
– Emily Wood – Physiologist
Unfortunately, three riders will be leaving our program next season for other opportunities. We wish the best of luck to Alec Cowan, Sean MacKinnon, and Adam Jamieson. We are very happy with their progression and we are very proud to be able to continue counting on the talents of MacKinnon and Jamieson for our track program as we begin the next Olympic cycle.
For the coming season, the immediate goal of the NextGenMTE program will be the Track World Cup series; which begins next week in Glasgow, Scotland. With the team setting a new Canadian record of 3:59.931 in Aguascalientes, Mexico, earlier this month, the 2016-2017 track season promises to be very exciting.
Next Spring, following the track season, the NextGenMTE group will once again attack the European road racing circuit in Team RaceClean colours.