Date of birth: 09/05/2000
Education: SVUSD Virtual Academy High School
Photo: Tosh Clement
Rider type: Climber/Time-Trialist
Area most eager to improve: Sprinting and Crits
Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date: 1stGC Ronde des Vallées 2018
What or who inspired you to start riding?
When I was younger the Tour de France always intrigued me, inspiring me to go out and ride my bike around my hilly neighborhood dreaming of one day turning pro. Once I turned ten, I went on my first mountain bike ride on trails close to my house with one of my good friends and his mom who happened to be a former pro mountain bike racer. I was immediately hooked, and learned about the useful local mountain bike trail network. I would ride the trails as often as possible, enjoying the peace and freedom of the outdoors. I eventually started racing locally on the mountain bike, then switched to road, found a coach, and was dedicated to being the best bike racer I could be.
What’s your biggest goal for the season?
My biggest goal for the 2019 season is to finish top 15 in a PRT stage race, and reach a top 5 at u23 Nationals in the TT or road race. Also striving to be the best teammate I can be, and help pursue the team’s objectives. I’ve had a successful 2018 season as a junior, and I am confident that 2019 will be as successful in the u23 ranks.
Where is your favorite place to train and why?
My favorite place to train would have to be Mammoth Lakes, California. Mammoth has a wide variety of long steady climbs, flatter terrain, steep rougher roads, and plenty of single tracks, perfect for touching up on skills. As long as you’re there in the summer the weather is perfect for riding and enjoying the outdoors. Plus it’s at altitude which can be a useful tool depending on your upcoming race schedule.
What’s one lesson you’ve had to learn the hard way and/or beginner mistake you made and now laugh about?
One beginner mistake I made was in some of the very first local crits I ever competed in. I would always get yelled at for not holding my line or looking back too much. I was always confused as to why I was getting yelled at until someone eventually told me what I was doing wrong. Now whenever I see the same guys who yelled at me on a local group ride it cracks me up.
What race are you most looking forward to this year and why?
The race that I am most looking forward to this year would be Tour of the Gila. I competed in this race last year in the men 1-2s and I am anticipating seeing what it’ll be like in the UCI race, and how my body will react to the tougher pace and larger volume. The terrain suits me well, and it’s an iconic American stage race that would be a milestone in placing in the top 10.
What is your dream race to win and why?
My dream race to win is definitely the Tour of California. I’ve lived in California my whole life, and have watched this race with more interest as a kid compared to any other sporting event. California stages are usually my first choice for entertainment and motivation when riding the indoor trainer. Winning California in front of the cycling community I grew up around, and my family and friends would be a dream come true.
Which pro rider would you love to have as a teammate?
For sure Romain Bardet. He does exceedingly well in a variety of races all year round, he’s a great bike handler, and isn’t afraid to go on the attack. I would love to develop into a rider similar to his racing style. If I was his teammate I would definitely be going all-in to help him win more races!