B5 – Atilla Avsar
Name: Atilla Avsar
Bike: black carbon, the previous bike was a Giant
How long have I been riding track: Since I was 13, I raced on the 1976 Olympic velodrome in Montreal and the 1996 Olympic Velodrome when it was relocated to Bromont QC.
I started racing as a junior for Miyata bikes which was a powerhouse team. Louise Lalonde the hall of fame official was the president. I didn’t do great obviously but in the middle of the season one-day things came together and in a crit in Sainte-Foy, Quebec I was off the front contesting primes, breaking away. That race which I didn’t finish because I kept attacking and fried myself, was the moment to me I became a racer. By the end of the season, my team had been invited to the Tour de l’Abitibi (we didn’t go) and I had raced the now-iconic 7-11 team in a professional race in limited junior gearing. I got mad at them if you can believe it because they kept hammering and I was spinning out. I think Brian Walton or Ross Chafe who tragically passed away in that road accident near Whistler won.