Gage
Hecht

Date of Birth : 2/18/1998

Height : 1.80m

Weight : 72kg

Education: Metropolitan State University of Denver (Professional Flight Officer)

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Photo: Tosh Clements

Rider type:  All-rounder/domestique

Strengths: Racing in poor conditions

Area most eager to improve: Climbing, time trial

 

Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date: Winning the 2017 Redlands Criterium and finishing second at U23 Road Nationals.

 

What or who inspired you to start riding?

I have pretty much always loved riding my bike. From the second I could ride on my own, I had a passion for riding. It was not until my dad introduced me to racing that I considered cycling to be a sport that I might in which I might be interested. My dad is really the reason I race today.

 

What’s your biggest goal for the season?

I’d love to add on to the podiums I earned last year, like the winning the Redlands Crit, finishing second at U23 Road Nationals and getting third on a stage at GP Saguenay. I’d also love to see the team succeed and I want to be a big contributor to that.

 

Where is your favorite place to train and why?

Since I began cycling, I have had the opportunity to travel to many places around the globe. Each location has its own unique characteristics that make the riding enjoyable. If I had to pick one favorite, it would have to be the foothills of Denver. There is always a huge variation in terrain and scenery. I always feel content riding there.

 

What’s one lesson you’ve had to learn the hard way and/or beginner mistake you made and now laugh about?

Always bring a flat kit. I have forgotten this rule of thumb many times. It always is a pain when you have to take a hike in cycling shoes.

 

What race are you most looking forward to this year and why?

I do not know for sure how the logistics of the race will work yet, but if it becomes a possibility, I would love to race the Colorado Classic. I have watched the US Pro Challenge the since its inauguration and have always been amazed with it. I would be very honored to compete in such a prestigious race so close to my home. And the Tour of Utah and Nationals and Beauce.

 

What is your dream race to win and why?

I have always thought that being world champion would be amazing. I would love to someday be able to wear the rainbow jersey.

 

Which pro rider would you love to have as a teammate?

Mathew Hayman has struck me as someone I would like to work with. He always seems to show a lot of respect for the rest of the team.