A new all-Canadian cyclocross team has just launched and will be attacking this year’s U.S. World Cups and UCI races. See the official announcement below.
ANCASTER, ON—In preparation for the 2016-2017 cyclocross campaign, we are happy to officially announce the creation of a new cyclocross-specific team based out of Ancaster, Ontario. Powered by Focus Bikes and many valuable partners from the cycling industry and beyond, Focus CX Team Canada is a new team entirely made up of Canadian athletes and mentored by Canadian veteran Aaron Schooler.
The program will support four riders for its inaugural season: Sidney McGill (Edmonton, AB), Jeremy Martin (Boischatel, QC), Ashley Barson (Bolton, ON), and Aaron Schooler (Edmonton, AB). Adding to its presence at the local Canadian events, the team will primarily focus on prestigious North American UCI events and World Cup races.
”The project was created to assist current and future stars in Canadian Cyclocross, to help fill the void in the development of Canadian cyclocross athletes, while striving to keep the talented ones in the discipline longer. I plan to create an environment where they can learn the tools of the trade to become professionals both on and off the bike while providing them with the support they need.” -Aaron Schooler, Team Manager
The four-rider squad will be supported by a professional and experienced crew made up of Alex Sanna (Soigneur Race Services), Ciaran Hanrahan-Powers (Head Mechanic) and Pedalhead Road Works bike shop from Edmonton, Alberta.
This new Canadian cyclocross team is excited to be working with industry leaders like Focus Bikes, DT Swiss, SRI Importing, Jakroo Canada, Clement Cycling, and others.
A full racing schedule can be found on our website at focuscxcanada.com, with the team kicking off the season at Rochester Cyclocross, before continuing with the two North American Cyclocross World Cups.
You can follow the team and our riders on social media:
Focus CX Canada:
- FB: Focus CX Team Canada
- IG: @focuscxcanada
- FB: Ashley Barson
- IG: @a.barson
Photos by Jeremy Allen.