Photo: Casey B. Gibson
BURKE SIGNS WITH
JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
November 21st, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – At Aevolo, we celebrate our riders who have graduated from the Under-23 category and - with the tools they learned in our developmental environment - flourish at the professional level. We’re proud to announce Jack Burke (CAN) will be joining the Jelly Belly p/b by Maxxis Pro Cycling team for the coming season.
As an Aevolo alumnus, Burke said it wasn’t just one thing he learned from his time on the U23 squad, but a sum of small things – mostly from team director Mike Creed.
“The best way I can describe it is every other teacher, boss or coach will eventually tell you something you think is totally ridiculous and everyone walks away whispering about how wrong they are,” Burke said. “That didn’t happen once with the Aevolo riders. I’d always be looking for opportunities to ask Mike questions or pick his brain on just about anything.
“I’m really grateful to have had him as a boss and now as a friend to go to with questions for the rest of my career.”
Wearing the green and gold in 2017, Burke claimed sixth overall at the Tour of Alberta along with the best young rider and best Canadian jersey. The Squamish native also nabbed fourth overall at the Tour de Beauce and best young rider at the GP Saguenay. His accomplishments reflect the structure of Aevolo, which prides itself on creating opportunities for its U23 riders to deliver their best.
“I think I thrived the most from that,” Burke said. “There was never any external pressure for results. I think once you get to this level, pressure is unnecessary anyway in most cases. I had every opportunity at each race we did, and as a U23, that’s the most valuable thing a program can offer.”
We wish all our alumni the best of luck in their future careers. The goodbyes may be bittersweet, but we’ll always have great memories to share and treasure. Here are some of Burke’s:
“On the bike, at Saguenay, Beauce and Alberta, I have vivid memories of the guys lined up in front, gutting themselves to protect a jersey I was wearing. Off the bike, there’s a ton of funny memories that usually ended up with someone getting a ridiculous nickname or why I still owe Mike five dollars from our first team camp in Las Vegas."