Two years ago my mentor Glenn Silver told me I would be a Canadian National Champion in one year. I didn’t really know what to say so I tossed it into the bucket list. I progressed faster than I thought I would that summer, and just one year later I won the final sprint of the 2011 event; unfortunately the points race format left me 3rd in the championship. The podium was nice but the Maple Leaf was all that I was interested in. It haunted me for 365 days. No call-ups at criteriums, just another leadout man. In 2012 I had to bring it home. Relieved is a good way of putting it.—Ben Chaddock