John Willcox, 16, qualified for Canada’s junior national track cycling team in April when he circled the Burnaby velodrome (with a much steeper bank than the West Shore Velodrome) for a total distance of three kilometres in three minutes and 30.92 seconds.
“Willcox is an athlete first and foremost, he’s quite talented at picking up movements quickly,” said his coach Jeff Ain. “You can see it in the gym, or if he runs. Without pumping (Willcox’s) tires too much, he’s an exceptional athlete, and you can definitely see it on the bike.”
During the school year Willcox spent mornings in Canadian Sports School at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence, and afternoons at Reynolds. Otherwise he’d train on his bike, checking in on a regular basis with Ain, head coach of the the Cycling NextGen program run by the Canadian Sport Institute at PISE.
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