CNES Announces Blueprint Canadian Enduro Series Development Team

Jan 11, 2018 at 21:32
by Ted Morton  
Evan Wall was one of the key athletes last year, podiuming in DH and Enduro, he loves 29r's and Subaru

The Blueprint Canadian Enduro Development team is a joint project between the Canadian National Enduro Series and Coach Joel Harwood (Blueprint Athlete Development). This unique partnership allows athletes many opportunities to contribute to their long-term development as an athlete, and to ensure that these bright-young-stars become active members of the cycling community (many already are!). We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce our team, you'll likely bump into them at a gym, trail or chocolate milk aisle near you, as they've already been putting in countless hours in preparation for this season.

About the Team

The selection criteria of the team is mixed; we chose ten athletes based on results in regional, national and international races, the other four athletes are chosen subjectively on the basis of results, dedication to the sport, coachability, community involvement and attitude. We chose this matrix because we understood that not every athlete has equal opportunities, so by providing a subjective matrix we can help encourage those riders to continue pursuing their passion - the goal is to also extend this program to include team members from Eastern Canada as the series is now well established across BC and there is a lot of great talent coming from Eastern Canada.

Our athletes are supported by the series, Coach Joel and Smith Optics, athletes are free to ride any bike they choose, and we truly encourage each athlete to connect with their local scene through volunteerism, active stewardship and riding responsibly.

You'll be able to spot our team members as they sport their snazzy new Kazoom Custom Cycling Apparel Team Jersey's during practice at all the CNES events in 2018!

Canada s Enduro Champion Crowned at the 2017 MEC Canadian National Enduro Championship
15-Year-old Johnny Helly consistently places inside the top ten in the Pro category.

Our Goal

The main intent of the team is to provide a long-term athlete development approach to enduro racers. Our coach will focus their training on and off the bike, preparing a stable mindset/race tactics, and supporting their skill development through technical drills. Athletes will realize their potential through a myriad of training.

2017 MEC BC Enduro Series presented by Intense Cycles - Vernon Race Recap
Jacob Tooke is currently studying at Quest University, his results and team involvement helped in obtaining a scholarship to the prestigious Squamish based playground.

The Team

Put your hands together! Introducing the 2018 team; we'd also like to welcome Jackson Parker from Clear Glass Media working with us as our content manager! Joel Harwood will continue to be the head coach and mentor for this young group of athletes and Ted Morton (CNES) will take on logistics/planning and support.

Ainhoa Ijurko
Age: 16
Hometown: Squamish BC
Favourite place to ride: Kamloops BC
Goal for this season: This year I'd like to race more nationally and as always, improve my skills and have fun on my bike.
Alex Silverthorne
Age: 19
Hometown: Calgary AB
Favourite place to ride: Husky, Boulder or Mount 7.. too many to list!
Goal for this season: I'd like to get top 10 at the Whistler EWS, Race a World Cup and also have fun and race less conservatively!

Carter Krasny
Age: 18
Hometown: Whistler BC
Favourite place to ride: Whistler
Goal for this season: I'd like to win the CNES and place top 15 in the Whistler EWS!
Elliot Jamieson
Age: 16
Hometown: White Rock BC
Favourite place to ride: Bellingham WA
Goal for this season: I'd like to stay healthy and have fun on my bike

Emmett Hancock
Age: 16
Hometown: Kelowna BC
Favourite place to ride: Crawford BC
Goal for this season: I really want to push myself this year and hopefully, that'll get me winning some races
Evan Wall
Age: 18
Hometown: Calgary AB
Favourite place to ride: Boulder Mountain Revelstoke
Goal for this season: Achieve a braap ratio of 10:1 compared to last year!

Jack Menzies
Age: 16
Hometown: Canmore AB
Favourite place to ride: Queenstown NZ
Goal for this season: Compete at the best of my ability and have fun while going fast
Jack Cormack
Age: 17
Hometown: Squamish BC
Favourite place to ride: The local Squamish trails
Goal for this season: I would like to win a CNES and place on the podium for overall

Jacob Tooke
Age: 18
Hometown: Vernon BC
Favourite place to ride: SilverStar BC
Goal for this season: I'm really gonna try to make it through the season injury free this year.
Sena Odyakmaz
Age: 16
Hometown: Canmore AB
Favourite place to ride: Harper Mountain Kamloops
Goal for this season: I'd say my goal is that my bike will take me far and wide while I constantly have fun and push myself!

Milton McConville
Age: 15
Hometown: Port Moody BC
Favourite place to ride: Bert Flinn Park
Goal for this season: Go fast, break fewer wheels and I would like to land a backflip onto dirt!
Julia Long
Age: 18
Hometown: Whistler BC
Favourite place to ride: Pemberton (MacKenzie area)
Goal for this season: I'd like to place top 3 in the Whistler EWS and stay positive throughout the year!

Jonathan Helly
Age: 14
Hometown: Kamloops BC
Favourite place to ride: Revelstoke BC
Goal for this season: I want to have as much fun as I can!
Lucy Schick
Age: 17
Hometown: Gibsons BC
Favourite place to ride: Wilson Creek and Coast Gravity Park
Goal for this season: I want to work hard to become a more consistent racer and advance my technical skills. I would also like to learn some tricks on my bike!

About Joel

Based out of mountain bike mecca, Squamish, BC, Joel has been working as a coach for over a decade. With an Honours of Bachelor of Kinesiology, Bachelor of Education, and roots in team sports, he understands the importance of a holistic approach to competition. Joel was named 2017 Cycling Canada MTB Coach of the Year for his efforts. In addition to coaching the team, Joel works with a number of high-performance athletes including World Champion Miranda Miller and EWS U21 winner Rhys Verner.

Canadian Enduro Development Team - Spring Training Camp
Joel showing the team proper form, during the Kamloops training camp in 2017. Freeride is not dead!


For 2018, we have a few team camps planned, including our annual Spring Training camp in Kamloops, during March Break. You'll also be able to find us in CNES, BC Enduro, Crankworx EWS and select international races! Check out and follow our Instagram and Facebook to see what we're up to!


If you would like to make a donation to the team, or get involved in any way, feel free to contact Ted ( Interested in being involved with the team? We're always looking for sponsors, parents and anyone looking to support the future of the sport! You can reach out to

A massive thank-you to this year's series sponsors and supporters

We Need Help

We're always looking for parents, girlfriends/boyfriends or injured riders to help out!
What you'll get:
• Jersey
• Lunch
• Post-race meal and drink
• Discount entry to any other race, for you or for a friend/kid/dog
Contact, with your preferred race, phone number and email.

Need something? More information?

• Team Selection Criteria
• Athlete Inquires |
• Volunteer Information |
• All other inquiries | (Event Director)
• Coach -


  • + 2
 Awesome to see the youth development in Enduro. Nice age range and gender mix.
  • + 1
 Yeah Milton! Stoked to see more pomo riders coming out to races and killing it. Bert flinn is the best.
  • + 1
 Whoops! Carter is actually 18!
  • + 1
 Way to go Jonny Mac

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