Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

The NextGen Men's Track En­durance (MTE) pro­gram was launched in 2014 with the goal of be­ing medal con­tenders in the men's Team Pur­suit at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Ja­pan. The team re­mains firmly on tar­get to achieve that goal af­ter a 2016 track sea­son that in­cluded a gold medal at the Apel­doorn

UCI Track World Cup in Novem­ber 2016, the first-ever sub-four-minute time at the Pan Amer­i­can Track Cham­pi­onships and a 12th-place fin­ish at the 2016 UCI Track World Cham­pi­onships.

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.

“For the com­ing sea­son, the im­me­di­ate goal of the NextGen MTE pro­gram will be the Track World Cup se­ries, which be­gins in Glas­gow, Scot­land. With the team set­ting a new Cana­dian record of 3:59.931 in Aguas­calientes, Mex­ico, the 2016-2017 track sea­son prom­ises to be very ex­cit­ing,” ac­cord­ing to a Cycling Canada rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

For 2017, seven rid­ers are re­turn­ing, in­clud­ing Willem Bo­ersma, Evan Burt­nik, Ai­dan Caves, Wil­liam El­liott, Jay Lamoureux, Bay­ley Simp­son and Ed­ward Walsh. Three new rid­ers join­ing the pro­gram are Derek Gee, Thierry Kirouac-Mar­cassa and John Will­cox. Luc Arse­neau re­turns in his role as the Na­tional road de­vel­op­ment coach, while Ian Melvin con­tin­ues as NextGen MTE coach.

Rid­ers leav­ing the pro­gram in­clude Alec Cowan, who is Sil­ber-bound, while Sean MacKinnon and Adam Jamieson have both joined the Con­ti­nen­tal An PostChain Re­ac­tion team.

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