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Words: Chad Childers Stripes Date: 10 March 2019

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After placing 13th at the 2018 UCI Junior MTB World Championships and finishing the year in 11th place in the Junior Men MTB rankings, Rancho Santa Margarita native Kevin Vermaerke chose to take his innate mountain biking ability to the road.

“Joining Axeon was a dream come true,” said Vermaerke. “The team has shown time and time again that they are the perfect development tool for graduating riders into the world tour, and was awesome to become a part of such a well-known and respected team.”

In 2019, his first year on the team, the 19-year-old originally from Johannesburg, South Africa followed in the footsteps of Axeon alumni Logan Owen and Joao Almeida by winning Liège - Bastogne - Liège U23. And like teammate Sean Quinn, excelled at the Tour of Yorkshire, narrowly missing a top 20 overall finish. Later in the season, Vermaerke was 5th in the youth classification at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah after seven hard days of racing.

Vermaerke’s goal for last season was to get as much international experience as he possibly could after switching his focus solely to road racing. For 2020, “the thing I am looking forward to most is the world championships in September and winning races throughout the season with the whole team,” he said.

  • Favorite city: Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Favorite food: Burgers/burritos
  • Favorite film: Notorious
  • Favorite flavor of Honey Stinger: Caramel
  • Book he is currently reading: Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
  • Race he would someday like to win: Elite World Championships
  • Interesting fact about you: I’m a citizen of the United States, Belgium, and South Africa.
  • Is a hotdog a sandwich or taco? Sandwich (obviously; tacos need tortillas)
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