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Cooper
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Date of birth: 12/22/2001

Height: 187cm

Weight: 72kg

Education: Returning to school Spring Semester of 2022 after a gap year

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Top results

  • 5th National Championships United States U23 - ITT  ('21)

  • 4th U23 Nationals Criterium Social 

Age started riding bikes15 

 


Age started racing bikes: 16 

 


Previous teams (club/collegiate count): Velo Roussilon 2020-2021, Kelly Benefits Fall 2021

 

Rider type: Time Trialist, breakaways 

Strengths: Time Trials and Hard Road races

Area most eager to improve: Tactically with learning to read the race better
 

Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date? 5th at U23 Nationals TT and 4th at U23 Nationals Crit Social 

What or who inspired you to start riding?

 

Just started bikes around my town exploring which led me to the mountain bikes trail. From there I picked up my dad’s old road bike and started riding that. Next thing you know, I am racing the local weeknight crit in Fall of 2017 along with NICA mountain bike races. 

What’s your biggest goal for the season?

My biggest goal this season is to learn among my new teammates and staff. This will allow me to continue my development as a U23 cyclist. Learning throughout more challenging races and situations. 

Where is your favorite place to train and why? 

My favorite place to train is in the Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee. From the Foothills Parkway to the roads in the National Park, there are a plethora of awesome roads and climbs. The scenery is terrific plus plenty of friendly people to make the riding my favorite around. 

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

A beginner mistake I have made a few times and will probably do again is not refilling your saddle bag after catching a flat on the road. This has happened a few times to me and to be honest, it may happen again at some point down the road. This is the worst when you realize your saddle bag is filled with used tubes and co2s while on the side of the road with a flat tire. 

What has been the biggest adventure you’ve had on a bike to date? 

In the summer of 2020, me and some riding friends spent seven days and rode across the state of Tennessee from Memphis to Gatlinburg. We rode point to point spending the nights at cabins and hotels along the way. It was a blast and an adventure seeing different parts of the states I have never seen. 

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

 

The race I am most looking forward to this year is US Pro Nationals in Knoxville. Knoxville is only 2 1⁄2 hours from where I live now and I go up there alot for various reasons. I love the city and the great riding there. I have been to watch and hang out at the last 3 iterations of the race there so I am very excited to get to race it this season. 

What is your dream race to win and why? 

My dream race to win would be the Worlds Championships. This would be a dream to represent the United States there and win wearing the United States Kit. Doing that in front of the crowds in the Worlds Champs Circuits would be a dream. 

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

A pro rider I would love to have as a teammate is a good friend Nate Brown of Rally Cycling. He has been a good mentor to me and it would be awesome to race with him as teammates. Nate is a very decorated and smart racer so I could definitely learn a lot from him.