PCC Athletes picked for Trade Teams
March 20, 2017
Micaiah Besler on the podium at the Western Challenge
PCC coached athletes have been named to two teams that are part of the 2017 Trade Teams announced by Cycling Canada. Alex Amiri, Chris MacLeod, Joshua Kropf and Lukas Conly are riding with the Smart Savvy + Garneau U23 team, and Marina Aspen with The Cyclery -4iiii team. The Smart Savvy team will focus on road races, while -4iii will doing a mix of road and track.
Amiri, MacLeod and Kropf rode for the Smart Savvy team in 2016 at the Grand Prix Cyclistede Sauguenay and the Tour de Beauce. Conly recently won the team pursuit at the Western Challenge Track Championship. Aspen rode for the Dr Walker Sports Chiropractic team in 2015 and 2016 notching up some impressive performances as a junior.
Other PCC athletes will be having a busy season riding for their teams including Mark Grant (U19), Callie Swan , Erik Diertens, and Micaiah Besler, riding for TaG cycling team. At the Western Challenge Besler was the U19 winner of the elite women individual pursuit and points race, and she was 3rd in the match sprint). Holly Simonson is on the Trek cycling team, and Colin Fowlow (winner of the Keirin at the Western Track Challenge) and Caleb Bander are cycling for Dr Walker Sports Chiropractic team.
“We know that teams play a very big role in an athlete’s development and in their future. Our goal is to make PCC riders fit and strong so they get picked and succeed with their team,” says head coach, Houshang Amiri. “At PCC, we have years of experience working with high-level athletes. Whether our athletes are Olympic hopefuls or local club riders, our commitment and focus is the same. Through this commitment we have helped our athletes achieve the highest levels.”