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

@TrekTeamMatt Fake news... but who the F cares. 🌈is all what matters.

Congrats @chloedygert30 and @TWENTY20Pro on an amazing performance at the TT today that was quite the ride. #proveit

1-2 punch! @mikkelbbjerg @iankgarrison just #proveit. Thanks for all those involved to make this happen . #developmentworks

@iankgarrison with the best provisional time ... I like it! #proveit

I will say it again the day before the elite TT world championships.... who will beat Remco Evenepoel?

@Mickeyhavoc But you are a smart man... and one of the good guys

Quite the podium at GP Wallonie today....

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@SheVenturesToo He won @tourdelavenir last year. Nothing to prove anymore in that category .

Tadej Pogacar or the art of patience, talent and humility . #whatatalent

Development works! twitter.com/CORSOsports/st…

@ian_seibert816 @BillyInnes4 Those races are not uci races and we judge or assess those riders on uci races with those rules.

@BillyInnes4 Agree 10000% i@agine what would happen to the young and slower developing kids out there. They would be discourage from the start and would have no chance again early developing bodies type riders.

@BenKing89 @taogeoghegan @ClemChevrier @richardmoore73 Tells you nobody can keep up with the success of our program! #proveit @ClemChevrier and @Rguerreiro94 sure are part of our story


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Granfondo Twitter News

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The 2019 @axelsgranfondo may be in the books, but the smiles remain! What a day! Special thanks to our AMAZING volunteers and partners, and title sponsor, @ProsperaCU. Check out some of our photos at: facebook.com/pg/gfaxelmerck…

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@alewi854 @BobCaughlin Hi @alewi854: If you're still in Penticton, please drop it off at the front desk of the @pentictonramada under the name: "Granfondo Axel Merckx". We hope your husband is ok, and recovers well. @BobCaughlin

HUGE thanks to all the riders and volunteers that helped make the 9th @axelsgranfondo the best yet! Special shout out to @ProsperaCU , @cityofpenticton, @VisitPenticton & all our sponsors! What an amazing day on two wheels for nearly 2,600 cyclists! #RideHardSmileOften #PGAMO

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