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

#PROVEIT twitter.com/INEOSGrenadier…

@antmccrossan @HBAxeon Thanks @antmccrossan , winning is great but the relationships and friendship build through several teams are what I like the most. @taogeoghegan hugging @Rguerreiro94 at the finish racing for opposite teams are a proof of the bound between all the alumni. #proveit

@alexdowsett So Happy for you and Thanks for what you still do for our program. #proveit

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@taylorphinney was the first . Always a great feeling seeing this happen. Looks more like an alumni reunion at the @giroditalia . Thanks for the support! #proveit twitter.com/taogeoghegan/s…

So proud of these guys. #proveit twitter.com/HBAxeon/status…

It’s only a start! #proveit twitter.com/ArizonaSwimDiv…

Invest in youth. Beleive in the process and be patient . I know he is only 21 but he didn’t miss a step in his development . Congrats @Matxin_ and congrats @TamauPogi .

🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🪓 no words needed. twitter.com/Jasperstuyven/…

Thanks for the nice words! #proveit 🪓🪓 twitter.com/velo_bristol/s…

If this doesn’t bring tears to your eyes I don’t know what will. twitter.com/INEOSGrenadier…


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Granfondo Twitter News

Planning is very much underway for the 2021 @axelsgranfondo (Sunday, July 11, 2021). More details to come... #Iwantoridemybicycle #granfondo #fondo #cycling @CyclingBC @cityofpenticton @VisitPenticton

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#TBGW (Throwback Granfondo Weekend): Two more photos, this time from the 2018 @axelsgranfondo The 2020 #Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics and moments from the last 9 years. #cycling #Okanagan @VisitPenticton

test Twitter Media - #TBGW (Throwback Granfondo Weekend): Two more photos, this time from the 2018 @axelsgranfondo
The 2020 #Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics and moments from the last 9 years. #cycling #Okanagan @VisitPenticton https://t.co/gu4Bo68kju
test Twitter Media - #TBGW (Throwback Granfondo Weekend): Two more photos, this time from the 2018 @axelsgranfondo
The 2020 #Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics and moments from the last 9 years. #cycling #Okanagan @VisitPenticton https://t.co/gu4Bo68kju

#TBGW: This time two photos from the 2013 @axelsgranfondo! The 2020 Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics & moments from the last 9 years. #Fondo #Granfondo #cycling #Okanagan @VisitPenticton @HelloBC

test Twitter Media - #TBGW: This time two photos from the 2013 @axelsgranfondo! The 2020 Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics & moments from the last 9 years.
#Fondo #Granfondo #cycling #Okanagan @VisitPenticton @HelloBC https://t.co/skGIeRdROS
test Twitter Media - #TBGW: This time two photos from the 2013 @axelsgranfondo! The 2020 Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics & moments from the last 9 years.
#Fondo #Granfondo #cycling #Okanagan @VisitPenticton @HelloBC https://t.co/skGIeRdROS

#TBGW (Throwback Granfondo Weekend): Here are couple more photos...this time from our 2017 edition of @axelsgranfondo The 2020 Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics & moments from the last 9 years. #Fondo #Granfondo

test Twitter Media - #TBGW (Throwback Granfondo Weekend): Here are couple more photos...this time from our 2017 edition of @axelsgranfondo 
The 2020 Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics & moments from the last 9 years.
#Fondo #Granfondo https://t.co/urn4APvMGh
test Twitter Media - #TBGW (Throwback Granfondo Weekend): Here are couple more photos...this time from our 2017 edition of @axelsgranfondo 
The 2020 Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics & moments from the last 9 years.
#Fondo #Granfondo https://t.co/urn4APvMGh

#TBGW (Throwback #Granfondo Weekend): The 2020 #Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics and moments from the last 9 years of @axelsgranfondo! Here are a couple from 2019 #cycling #Okanagan @VisitPenticton @HelloBC

test Twitter Media - #TBGW (Throwback #Granfondo Weekend): The 2020 #Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics and moments from the last 9 years of @axelsgranfondo! Here are a couple from 2019 #cycling #Okanagan @VisitPenticton @HelloBC https://t.co/MmYRRqs5xM
test Twitter Media - #TBGW (Throwback #Granfondo Weekend): The 2020 #Fondo is not happening this weekend, but it doesn't stop us from celebrating some of the best pics and moments from the last 9 years of @axelsgranfondo! Here are a couple from 2019 #cycling #Okanagan @VisitPenticton @HelloBC https://t.co/MmYRRqs5xM

Need some training advice or training programs? Our official training plans are still up and available for you to download: granfondoaxelmerckx.com/training #granfondo #cycling #Okanagan #Fondo #Axelsgranfondo #RideHardSmileOften @CyclingBC

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#SupportLocal: Our next featured local business is @PlayWinery in #Penticton - amazing food, free delivery. Their "Play-To-Go" menu is worth checking out, and includes delicious Roasted Rosemary Chicken and Braised Short Ribs (pictured). playwinery.com @VisitPenticton

test Twitter Media - #SupportLocal: Our next featured local business is @PlayWinery in #Penticton - amazing food, free delivery. Their "Play-To-Go" menu is worth checking out, and includes delicious Roasted Rosemary Chicken and Braised Short Ribs (pictured). https://t.co/2XIZbrwuOq @VisitPenticton https://t.co/l7tS6R3OH5

#SupportLocal: Our next local spotlight shines on one of #penticton's newest pizzerias - Pizzeria Tratto. Great people & great selection of pizzas! Take-out 3pm - 8pm Tuesday through Sunday. pizzeriatratto.com @VisitPenticton @cityofpenticton @PentChamber @DTPenticton

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Check it out. Some of our neighbours to the South want to bring the UCI World Championships to Portland, Oregon. We think it's a great idea! pdxcyclingworlds.com/#Supporters #cycling #uci

test Twitter Media - Check it out. Some of our neighbours to the South want to bring the UCI World Championships to Portland, Oregon. We think it's a great idea! https://t.co/RI4l6OsUm4 #cycling #uci https://t.co/XJwry8YfmD

#SupportLocal: Today's shout-out goes to one of Penticton's newest pizza spots: Corleone’s Pizzeria. For take-out or delivery, Corleone's is top notch. Plus, the owner has been offering a free small pizza to anyone who lost their job during this pandemic facebook.com/corleones.pizz…

test Twitter Media - #SupportLocal: Today's shout-out goes to one of Penticton's newest pizza spots: Corleone’s Pizzeria. For take-out or delivery, Corleone's is top notch. Plus, the owner has been offering a free small pizza to anyone who lost their job during this pandemic https://t.co/DcmlNhxgYK https://t.co/YwEiDbi6IG

#SupportLocal: @thebikebarn is still open & booking bike tune-ups into May now. Yesterday we picked up a kid's balance bike (they have those too!) & made an almost 2-year-old very happy. The good folks at the Bike Barn are available by phone or e-mail! bikebarn.ca

test Twitter Media - #SupportLocal: @thebikebarn  is still open & booking bike tune-ups into May now. Yesterday we picked up a kid's balance bike (they have those too!) & made an almost 2-year-old very happy. The good folks at the Bike Barn are available by phone or e-mail! https://t.co/SbTup9RcH6 https://t.co/XZYDEJGWMZ

#SupportLocal: Let's start w/ @TheVillaRosa. Last night a team member ordered take-out - the cannelloni was made by pasta angels. Villa Rosa is open for take-out Wednesday to Sunday, has free delivery & provides 20% off on take-out thevillarosa.com #Penticton

test Twitter Media - #SupportLocal: Let's start w/ @TheVillaRosa. Last night a team member ordered take-out - the cannelloni was made by pasta angels. Villa Rosa is open for take-out Wednesday to Sunday, has free delivery & provides 20% off on take-out https://t.co/x4KTUQPoho #Penticton https://t.co/T02A5ncABV

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