NEXTGEN MTE ANNOUNCES 2017 TEAM RACECLEAN ROSTER
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.