Posted by Editoress on 02/15/17
The Kallisto-FCV Cycling Team is one of the premier development teams in Ontario. Based in both in London and Waterloo, the team operates from the Forest City Velodrome in London and the KW Youth Cycling Center in downtown Waterloo.
The team was originally conceived by cycling coach Rob Good and supported by a wealth of volunteers and coaches. The team aims to develop riders from their first ride to competing on a provincial, national, and international level.
Rob Good instructing a group of young riders at the Forest City Velodrome
The team competes in track, mountain bike and road events across Ontario, Quebec and eastern USA.
History of the Youth Program at Kallisto-FCV:
The start of the year round program began as a way to keep youth riders from Forest City Velodrome engaged throughout the summer.
In late April, the first youth ride hit the roads of London with a bit of "Keystone Cops" action.... the kids were only familiar with riding fixed wheels at Forest City Velodrome. When we came upon the first stop sign, the kids started pedaling backwards to stop.... You can imagine the size of the pileup that happened when the ride leaders stopped.... back to the FCV parking lot so we could teach basic bike skills, like braking, gear changes and road safety!
In late 2011, the Team Attack initiative began, with new team kits being designed and worn by team members. The first Ontario youth cup races were attended and a contingent of Team Attack riders were sent to the Ontario Cup race at Springbank park to challenge other teams from all around Province. Riders of all ages began to receive coaching & race advice to make them better racers.
A Team Attack rider
Team Attack riders carry the flag
The Invita bike shop (Mississauga) wanted to help the team, and the Invita-FCV Junior Cycling team was born. It was the first time our Junior program started to make heads turn in the province. People were asking "Who are these guys?" The Invita-FCV team placed seven riders on the Squad that represented Canada at the Junior Pan Am Championships.
A member of the Invita-FCV Junior Cycling team
The team kit manufacturer, Kallisto, signed on as the team's title sponsor and Toyo Tires as the secondary sponsor, and the Kallisto-FCV p/b Toyo Tires team was born. Team Attack riders were merged into the squad and everyone from youth, elite, and master riders now raced under the Kallisto-FCV banner.
In the years to follow, the Youth program grew to over 30 riders and, in back-to-back years, Bayley Simpson and Sarah Mason won Junior Track Omnium Championships.
Sara Mason with Rob Good, Junior Nationals 2014
Bayley Simpson with Rob Good, Junior Nationals 2014
2015 Track Nationals
In July of 2016 team members Nick Wammes of Bothwell, Ontario, and Ali Van Yzendoorn of Orillia, Ontario, represented Canada at Track World Championships.
Ali van Yzendoorn
On November 12, 2016, Bayley Simpson of Lindsay, Ontario, was member of the National Team that won Canada's first ever men's Gold medal in Track World Cup competition at Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
Bayley Simpson (far left) member of gold medal winning Men's team Pursuit squad
These athletes come from towns all over Southern Ontario, but share one thing in common. They have all been members of Kallisto-FCV, the youth development program originally founded at the Forest City Velodrome in London, Ontario.
Along the way, Kallisto-FCV has helped many athletes achieve their dreams: Ryan Aitcheson 2016 USA Criterium Champion, Joseph Veloce attended the 2012 Olympics as a sprint competitor, Nick Zukowski 2016 Road Junior World Championships, Trevor O'Donnell 2016 and 2017 Cyclo-cross World Championships.
2017 and Beyond:
Now recognized as one of the premier youth development programs in Canada, Kallisto-FCV is currently helping athletes 9 to 19 years old pursue their Olympic dreams.
As we head into 2017 the Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting Youth Cycling Team is expanding. We are always looking to help young athletes with their big dreams. If that sounds like you, or someone you know, contact the Youth Program at Kallisto-FCV: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information courtesy Rob Good
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