Axel Merckx Academy Vision

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Axels comments about the AMYDF-“I would like to help Canada’s youth pursue their dreams in the sport of cycling and this new partnership with Cycling BC and the Canadian Cycling Association will help achieve this goal. “~ Axel Merckx

Axel Merckx Cycling History

Growing up in Belgium with cycling in his blood, Axel Merckx started racing at an early age. He understood the merits of starting young with structured plans and experienced coaching. Axel’s success as a youth rider kickstarted his professional cycling career in 1994. Winner of the 2000 Belgian National Championship, he participated in 10 Tour de France races, finishing as the highest-placed Belgian rider six times. Axel’s other accomplishments include winning stages in the Giro d’Italia and Dauphine Libere, as well as winning an Olympic medal in 2004.
Axel retired from professional cycling in 2007 and moved with his family to Kelowna, British Columbia – hometown of his wife, Canadian triathlete Jodi Cross. Since his retirement, Axel has dedicated himself to developing young cyclists across North America, particularly in Western Canada. In 2011, in partnership with his wife, Jodi, they created the Axel Merckx Youth Development Foundation (AMYDF), a not-for-profit initiative established to help develop and steward the future of Canada’s young cyclists.
Among many of its projects, the AMYDF offers clinics and races each year for young riders across the province of B.C. Most recently, the Red Devils Cycling Academy– a branch of the AMYDF – emerged in 2014 out of the observable need for a well-organized, well-structured club program for young cyclists in the region.

As a further testament to his passion for developing young cyclists, Axel is also owner and director of Axeon Cycling Team, a high performance U23 professional cycling team. Through the AMYDF, Axel applies the same principles and support to young, local riders as he does with his Axeon pro cyclists. His resume for developing young talent – 18 of his former development riders are now racing in the Pro Tour ranks – is unparalleled in professional cycling.

Axel Merckxs Links

Axel Merckx – Granfondo YouTube Channel

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Axel Merckx – Granfondo Website

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Axel Merckx – Wikipedia Page

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Axel Merckx – Youth Cycling Series

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Axel Merckx – U23 Axeon Development team

Axel Merckx Twitter News

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@dylancasey He is only right once a year so... still advantage the Belgian guy #JB

So glad to see @natebrown0707 and @JoeDombro performing so well at Giro. Hell of a ride today fellas. #proveit #alwaysbeyoung

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and especially to mine. Thanks for being who you are no matter what. . Je t’aime très fort!

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Granfondo Twitter News

Happy Birthday to the legendary, Eddy Merckx! #legend twitter.com/grahamwatson10…

Congrats to past @axelsgranfondo rider, @dallaseakins, for reportedly being named the new head coach of the @AnaheimDucks espn.com/nhl/story/_/id…

Happy Father's Day...to both the spandex and spandex-free dads! #FathersDay #HappyFathersDay #RideHardSmileOften

How many axes do you have? To celebrate our riders & long-time participants, all riders will receive their red "Axes of Honour" decals at Package Pick-Up, w/ the # of axes corresponding to the # of years participating at @axelsgranfondo granfondoaxelmerckx.com @axelmerckx

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Sometimes we all could use that little extra push from time to time. Here's a nudge. Our Early Bird deadline approaches! Register for @axelsgranfondo (Penticton) by Fri, June 21 & you'll save as much as $25 & be entered to win a @Pinarello_com dream bike w @SRAMroad & @ZippSpeed

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Great time to register for the 9th @axelsgranfondo (July 14 | Penticton). Everyone who signs up before Fri., June 21st will be entered to WIN a new @Pinarello_com Razha-K bike w/ @SRAMroad components & @ZippSpeed wheels! Plus, you'll save as much as $25! granfondoaxelmerckx.com

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Call all young cyclists! Don't miss the annual @axelmerckx Youth Development Foundation cycling camp on Aug 8th-11th in #Kelowna BC! All registrants receive a pretty awesome @amydfoundation jersey. For more info, visit: amydf.org/camps

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Look who's coming to the #Fondo?! Excited to welcome @jstar_97 (US Pro road champ), @iankgarrison, @mick_ricey & @HBAxeon alum, @AdrienCosta to this year's 9th @axelsgranfondo. Past alum have included @Jasperstuyven, @logansowen, @NPowless & @Greggy_Daniel granfondoaxelmerckx.com

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