Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team, the North American UCI Pro Continental U23 team managed by Axel Merckx of the iconic Merckx family, has announced a partnership with TrainingPeaks to be the team’s official training software through to the end of the 2019 racing season.
“The ability to give detailed data analysis, workout planning and effective feedback between our riders and the directors is a vital component of our team’s overall success,” said the team’s owner/director Axel Merckx. “TrainingPeaks will play an important role in helping us develop the sport’s next generation of World Tour riders.”
Since the team’s founding in 2009 by Merckx, the development team has seen 26 of its riders graduate to World Tour teams, including alumni Lawson Craddock, Taylor Phinney, Ian Boswell and Nate Brown. The 2018 team roster includes the 2017 U23 world time trial champion Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark and 21-year old American Jonny Brown (younger brother of Nate Brown), who recently became the youngest USA Cycling Pro Road Race champion in history.
“I have enjoyed watching the success of the Axeon team throughout the years, and I’m very excited to see it officially become a part of the growing number of high performance teams using TrainingPeaks,” said Jim Miller, Vice President of Business Development at TrainingPeaks. “I expect we will continue to see great things from this team through the rest of 2018 and next season, and I’m proud to know that TrainingPeaks will be playing a vital role in this team’s journey.”
TrainingPeaks creates endurance training apps and solutions that help athletes and coaches prepare to reach their goals. Products include TrainingPeaks web and mobile apps for iOS and. Additional products include WKO4 desktop software for analysis and planning, and Best Bike Split’s predictive performance tools. TrainingPeaks solutions are used by Tour de France teams, IRONMAN world champions, Olympians and age-group athletes and coaches around the world.
Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team is a UCI Pro Continental Team originally founded in 2009. The U23 team is owned and directed by Axel Merckx, son of five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx, and the other team director is Jeff Louder. The development team has produced several riders who have gone on to compete at the World Tour level, including Ben King, Taylor Phinney, Lawson Craddock, Ian Boswell, Nate Brown, Joe Dombrowski and Jesse Sergent.