Alumni

Brody Sanderson

Dana Gilligan

Erica Leonard

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I’ve raced with the Next Wave Cycling Team for a couple of years now and have worked with Rob Holmgren for even longer. This past year I earned a spot on the Garneau Easton Cyclocross Team and had a pretty successful season while attending McMaster University for my first semester studying Kinesiology. Next year I will be racing for the Highgate Cycling Team for Road and mountain biking.

Graydon Staples

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I started racing with CNW when the team formed in 2014. From there, CNW gave me the passion and skills for the sport, which I still use everyday. Now I am currently living in Europe training for my first year in the Continental Americas Tour.

Matt Staples

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The Next Wave program provided more than just a kit to wear to races. It came with great people who were focused to see me succeed. It was the stepping stone, and the learning block that has gotten me to where I am today.

I am now a second year pro with H&R Block continental cycling team.

Mike Garrigan

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I was a Hardwood athlete for several years starting to train full time at Hardwood after 2001.

Skiing, snowshoeing and riding in the winter along with riding and racing in the summer. I really loved the daily training environment from a high performance standpoint as well as the community that the facility fosters.

I’m still very close friends with several people I met and spent time with in the woods at Hardwood, including my coach Steve Neal who I worked with at Hardwood almost daily, the training partners I met and spent hundreds of hours with training and the regular customers and families who frequented the facility that you would meet and spend time with from day to day.

Hardwood also facilitated and fostered my love for helping people learn how to ski and ride, through coaching opportunities with their school programs (I was an instructor) and their high performance team (I was coaching the riders on the Hardwood team for several years).

Hope you all enjoy the process there at Hardwood, and hope the partners involved with the program appreciate the magnitude of impact and lasting impression they are having on everyone involved.

Noah Simms

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When I was four years old, I raced ‘Sprockids’ on a Hardwood Wednesday Night and was immediately hooked on Cycling. I would continue to spend the next 10 years zooming around the trails of Hardwood Ski and Bike, racing every Wednesday with my best-friends in the ‘Silver Devo Program’. I joined Centurion Next Wave in it’s inaugural season alongside 7 of my closest buddies, which began my slow transition into a Road Cyclist. I instantly loved the mental game behind the Peloton; the role of tactics added another dimension to my racing. The three years I spent in the Centurion Next Wave were vital to my development, beginning with getting dropped at Youth Cups, and ending as National Team Athlete in 2016. Currently I am racing with the Toronto Hustle Team throughout North America, with the goal of securing a Professional Contract in 2019.

Peter Disera

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In 2007 Peter started racing the weekly series at Hardwood with some high school friends. Since then he moved through the ranks of the Team Hardwood program and beyond. Now Peter prepares for his first year Elite with the Norco Factory Team on the world stage. Peter continues to chase his aspirations to become an Olympian.

Quinton Disera

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I grew up and started cycling very close to Hardwood Ski and Bike, in Horseshoe Valley. Hardwood is where I tried out racing for the first time. From that moment, I (and my family) fell in love with riding and went through the ranks of Team Hardwood in my early years. To me, cycling is about the freedom on the bike and gaining friendships you know will last, along with shredding descents. Now, I race for the Norco Factory Team on the World stage. See you out on the trails!

Ruby West

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I’ve been racing for 5 years now and mostly focusing on cyclocross and road. I had the opportunity to race with CNW two years ago for one season of each cyclocross and road and learned so much from such a supportive and fun group of people. I now race for Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com (and Rise Racing on the road) and have spent the last 2 cyclocross seasons traveling around the United States to race with them. After my best season to date, this year will be the 3rd year in a row that I will compete for Canada at the World Championships for cyclocross.

Soren Meeuwisse

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I am a student-athlete currently at McMaster University and entering my 3rd year in the U23 category! This is also going to be my 5th year on the Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team, and my 2nd year as a NextGen athlete coached by Jeff Ain. I race on the international level at World Championships and World Cups with the National Team, on the national level at Canada Cups, at the provincial level at O-Cups, and I still love to make it out to the Wednesday Night Races at Hardwood where it all began for me!

Will Elliott

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2017 – Team RaceClean, Canada U23

  • Tour de Namur, BEL, 2.12
    • 1st General Classification
    • 4th Stage 5
    • 1st Stage 1B
    • 2nd Points Classification
  • Défi Jean-Pierre Lekeu
    • 1st General Classification
    • GP ColorCode, BEL, 1.12 IC
    • 8th
  • GP du Central, BEL, 1.12 IC
    • 3rd
    • 1st – KOM competition
  • Tour de Liege, BEL, 2.12
    • 3rd Stage 5
    • 6th Stage 3
  • Fleche du Sud, LUX, UCI 2.2
    • 2nd U23 General Classification
    • 9th General Classification
  • Decathlon – Arden Challenge, BEL
    • 1st U23 General Classification
    • 5th General Classification
    • 6th Stage 5
    • 9th Stage 2