The Axel Merckx Youth Development Foundation (AMYDF) is a not-for-profit initiative established in 2011 to help develop and steward the future of Canada’s young cyclists.
The AMYDF works with national and provincial organizations, such as the Canadian Cycling Association and Cycling BC, to enhance cycling skills through a variety of competitive events, development camps and coaching clinics. Through the Foundation’s efforts, Canada’s young cyclists receive unique access to some of North America’s top professional and amateur athletes, elite-level coaching, training events, and competitive races. The Foundation ultimately promotes the health and well-being benefits of cycling, and endeavors to create a new level of excitement for cycling among Canada’s youth.
Highlighting the Foundation’s inaugural activities is the Axel Merckx Youth Cycling Series of cycling events. This collection of events will allow the region’s promising 12 to 17 year old cyclists to race under a structured learning environment, while competing directly with their peers. The Series launches in 2012 and features events in British Columbia. Each event will include coaching seminars, athlete development lectures, and of course, age-group category races.