Jon Montgomery captured the hearts of Canadians when he won the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in 2010. Following his win, Jon made his famous celebratory walk with a jug of beer through the Whistler Village further solidifying his place in our hearts.
Outside of winning gold for Canada, one of Jon’s favourite memories at the Vancouver games was his introduction to BionX electric bikes. Jon explains that, “The bikes were just one representation of the level of thought that went into creating a space that was not only peaceful but comfortable for the athletes. They (BionX e-bikes) were also the fastest form of transportation to get around the massive village, allowing the athletes to easily commute and conserve their energy by using the power assist.” When Jon heard that there were electric bikes that could be signed out, his curiosity kicked in and he had to try them. Once Jon got on one, he exclaimed “Why did it take me until the age of 30 to find a bike that does it all?!”
Jon Montgomery fell in love with the convenience and versatility of BionX e-bikes during the games. Now as he trains for the next Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, his e-bike has become a part of his training regime. “The field that I train at is a few kilometres away from my home, so I use my BionX e-bike as a commuter and for my pre-training warm up. It allows me to work smarter instead of harder. I use less energy commuting and can focus my energy on wind sprints and training tools. Now, I can choose when to expend energy or when to conserve it for the training field.”
“Using my BionX every day is honestly something that I look forward to. It saves my legs with the power assist, so I can get the most out of my sport specific training. I believe the BionX system is perfect for the entire cross section of people who would use a bicycle. It makes biking more accessible for the masses including professional athletes, weekend warriors and leisure riders.”
On top of the fact that Jon’s BionX complements his training routine and lifestyle, he also chooses to commute by bike to decrease his net impact on the environment. “I can do my part for the environment and save money,” explained Jon. “For me, it’s common sense and makes the most sense for my life. My enthusiasm now has my wife becoming an avid rider. We’ve been out a few times and we’re loving it!”
About Jon Montgomery
In 2002, it was a casual trip to Canada Olympic Park that introduced Jon to the sport of skeleton racing which he would then take up and go on to win gold for Canada. “I immediately fell in love with the sport. After my first run, I was hooked,” chimes Jon Montgomery. “It has been a dream since childhood to become an Olympian and the sport of skeleton became the vehicle for realizing those dreams.”