Hi, I’m Kyle Jones. I’ve been a pro triathlete since 2006. I was born in 1984 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. My secret race weapon is my Cervelo S5 VWD. The song that gets me through my hardest training sessions right now is anything by Ed Sheeran. When I’m not training, you’ll most likely find me relaxing with my wife Kelly and my son Zack. My first memory of being on a bike was the summer when I finally ditched the training wheels and spent countless summer nights racing around the neighbourhood block with my friends.
As a native of Oakville, Ont., Kyle followed in his father’s footsteps into the world of triathlon. His Olympic dream took shape while lining the sides of the triathlon course with his family to watch his father race. Like any young child looking up to his parents, Kyle started training with his Dad just for fun, and entered his first “Kids of Steel” race when he was 10 years old. Today, it is his parents who are following his pursuit of excellence in the sport, and are his number one supporters.
Kyle’s steady climb to the top of the sport in Canada progressed rapidly during his junior years when he started racing nationally in 2002, and won the Canadian Junior Championship title in 2003. His victory sparked a move to Victoria in 2005 to train at the National Training Centre – the same year he made his World Cup debut.
The leader of the Canadian men’s triathlon squad competing on the World Triathlon Series, Kyle will be counted on to carry the torch to the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio.
Kyle has steadily climbed the international rankings to this position and is feeding off the energy built from a memorable 2012 season where he not only achieved his Olympic dream by representing Canada at the Games in London, but also won his first ever World Cup race when he crossed the line first in Edmonton. At the 2014 Pan American Cup race in Magog Kyle outsprinted the American mile record holder—and triathlon newcomer—Alan Webb. Being a huge fan of track and field, Kyle had followed Alan’s career so it was an honour to race against him.
After dealing with a worsening vascular issue in his right leg for much of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Kyle underwent successful surgery in November 2014 to resolve the issue and looks to have a healthy 2015 season.
Kyle’s sights are now set on competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016, but he also looks forward to racing the 2015 PanAm Games down the QEW in Toronto, and to continue his training from there in the lead up to Rio in 2016.
In 2014 Kyle was very excited to join the team of athlete mentors at Classroom Champions (http://www.classroomchampions.org/), a program designed to help kids recognize their potential, set goals and dream big. He has been paired with five classrooms across Canada and has been sharing a video lesson with them each month throughout the school year. He hopes, in some small way, to help inspire the next generation. He is also involved in a video series project with Mobile Health Network (http://mobilehealthnetwork.ca/roadtorio), a local physio clinic, that will feature videos on Kyle’s Road to Rio.
#1 goal for 2015:
Pan American Games gold medal and Olympic Qualification
ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final – 18thCommonwealth Games, Glasgow – 11thITU Magog
Sprint Pan American Cup – 1stCanadian National Championships – 1stITU Toronto Pan American
Cup – 1stITU London World Triathlon Series – 15thFrench Grand Prix Dunkerque – 10thITU Cape
Town World Triathlon Series – 24thITU New Plymouth World Cup – 8thITU Mooloolaba World Cup – 22nd
March 6-7: Abu Dhabi World Triathlon Series
March 28-29: Auckland World Triathlon Series
April 11-12: Gold Coast World Triathlon Series
April 25-26: Cape Town World Triathlon Series
May 30-31: London World Triathlon Series
July 12: Pan American Games, Toronto
August 1-2: Rio Olympic Test event
September 5-6: Edmonton World Triathlon Series
September 19-20: Chicago World Triathlon Series Grand Final