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Canyon Young Heroes – this is Canyon's way of supporting young talent. Talented young riders can apply in Koblenz and become a member of the team. As a Young Hero you continue to ride for your local club but receive the material from Canyon. A Canyon Ultimate CF as a Young Heroes Edition.
In 2008 15 talented racing cyclists aged between 15 and 16 succeeded for the first time in convincing the tough jury of the Canyon Young Heroes-Initiative. The eleven male and four female talents started the first season with first-rate pro equipment sponsored by the Koblenz-based bike manufacturer. In 2009 the initiators and mentor Erik Zabel also remained on the lookout for new talents because Canyon's programme of promoting young talent is long-term one. A current list of all the Canyon Young Heroes is available in the team overview.
The renowned Ultimate CF SLX frame forms the platform with which the riders of the professional Omega Pharma-Lotto team competed, among other things, in the spring classics and big stage races.
Premium components such as a Campagnolo Record group set, Mavic wheels, Ritchey components, Continental tyres as well as saddles from Selle Italia don't just allow the Young Heroes to ride even faster - they also show just how much Canyon values tomorrow's pros because the range of equipment is for the most part equivalent to that of the Omega Pharma-Lotto team.
This year the happy "Heroes" took possession of their bikes together with team clothing at a kick-off meeting with team supervisors, a pro team mechanic and mentor Erik Zabel and were able to get to know each other before the training camp at the end of March. Erik Zabel and the riders will then be off to the sunshine isle Mallorca, where they'll be able to train together for an entire weekend and get to know the island from its most picturesque side.
In 2013 Canyon is looking forward to again equipping the new Young Heroes with material and wishes all team members a successful season.