Vancouver-based professional cyclists Ryan Anderson and Will Routley along with Global Relay executive founders Warren Roy and Shannon Rogers conceived of the fund in 2012. Global Relay committed $400,000 over four years to ‘seed fund’ initiatives to support rising young cyclists in Canada.

Funding

Principal support to the fund is through the generous philanthropy of Global Relay. In the fall of 2020 Global Relay renewed core funding for another four year term.

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Donations

Alongside Global Relay the fund is supported by the generosity of many. Donate to GRBTG through the BC Chapter of the National Sport Trust Fund.

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Leah Kirchmann – Alumni, pro cyclist & OLY

Leah is one of Canada’s most accomplished pro cyclists. Twice she stood on the podium at la Course by le Tour de France.  In 2017 she was World Champion in the TTT.  During her World Tour career she was consistently ranked among the world’s best cyclists. She represented Canada at the 2016 & 2020(1) Olympics. Leah has a Bachelor of Arts & Science in health sciences from Quest University. She’s a passionate foodie, writes for and works with The Cyclist’s Alliance (TCA) to advance equity in professional cycling.

As Managing Director, Leah leads the Fund and manages the relationship with Global Relay.


Ryan Anderson – co-Founder

Ryan recently retired from a 12 year career as one of Canada’s few top-tier professionals. Since turning pro in 2008 he has ridden for such teams as Direct-Energie, Rally Procycling and Team SpiderTech. He competed in some of cycling’s biggest events  like the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and the Vuelta Espana. He has represented Canada at 5 World championships.

Kevin Field – Chair

Kevin is one of Canada’s most accomplished Sports Directors – having led pro-teams:  Symmetrics, Trek Livestrong, Optum-Kelly, Spidertech and Team Canada. He mentored most of the fund directors during their pro careers and led Canada to historic achievements at the World Championships. He is an entrepreneur who’s started five companies, most recently The Feed. He’s the former Head of Strategy for Cycling Canada where he led a two-year project to deliver a plan to transform Canadian cycling.

Andrew Pinfold

Andrew retired from his professional cycling career in 2013. During his 11 year career, he rode for JetFuel, Ital Pasta, Symmetrics, Ouch and UHC Pro Cycling. In 2008 Andrew won the Gastown Grand Prix. Andrew holds a Masters degree in Health Administration and is currently the Initiative Manager for the Vancouver Physician Staff Association. He was the first Managing Director of the Fund from 2013 – 2021, leading the Fund to where it is today.

Svein Tuft – OLY

Svein is one of Canada’s most accomplished pro cyclists with a professional career spanning almost 20 years.  He’s won five medals at the UCI Road World Championships and been Canada’s best male finisher at the Olympic Games (Beijing 2008) since Steve Bauer won silver in 1984. He is a 11 time Canadian TT Champion and 2 time Canadian Road Champion. He’s won stages at the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia — where he wore the Maglia Rosa as race leader.

Erinne Willock – OLY

Erinne is a retired professional cyclist. For a decade she was one of Canada’s top female road cyclist’s. She represented Canada at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and her 7th place finish at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships is one of Canada’s best performance in the road race. She retired from professional cycling in 2011 to become a happy mom, and mentor Canada’s next great cyclists.


Karol Ann Canuel – OLY

Karol Ann recently retired from an incredible pro career. She raced for the world’s top teams for 8 years. She was World Champion 3 times (team time trial) and represented Canada at two Olympic Games, making her one of Canada’s most accomplished professional road cyclists. Karol Ann stood out during her career as one of the sport’s most respected and appreciated “team players”. She’s a champion napper. Her ability to sleep in the most chaotic situations reflects her calm demeanor and sound judgment, making her a perfect person to lead BTG’s mentor program. Karol Ann completed her nursing degree from the University of Quebec while pursuing cycling at the highest level.

As BTG’s Athlete Mentoring Program lead, Karol Ann consults the board in all aspects of its work.

Lister Farrar – Youth Cycling Advisor

Lister brings incredible passion and a rich history to BTG. He has run the Triple Shot Cycling Club youth programs for years. Triple Shot was the original recipient of BTG’s Youth Cycling Grant, brining Lister full-circle with BTG, from grant recipient to Fund Advisor.

Alison Testroete – Athlete Education Advisor

A former Canadian Road Champion and entrepreneur Alison Testroete teaches athletes how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and use the power of sport to build a meaningful and profitable personal brand.

Shawn Clarke – Coaching, Camps & Cups Advisor

A coach with UCI Sport Director credentials, Shawn will work in the World Tour in 2023 with Bike Exchange. Shawn has led the national team at World Championships and Olympic Games. He has been instrumental in the realization of the BTG Canadian Cup, and helps deliver camps.


Will Routley – co-Founder & Director Emeritus

Will founded the Fund with Ryan in 2012. He stepped down from his board position at the end of 2016 when he retired from pro cycling to focus on his new business Healthy Hooch Kambucha that he runs with his wife Shani. During his career, he won the Canadian Road Championships, raced 3 seasons in Europe at the top-tier, and won a stage at the Tour of California.

Brian Storey – PHD, OLY

Emeritus advisor – Youth Cycling & Fund Strategy. Brian is a PHD Educator, former CEO & President of PHE Canada. Brian helped launch the Fund’s Youth Initiatives with Andrew. He continues to advise from time to time on Fund strategy.

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