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Tobias

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Date of Birth : 11/02/2003

Height : 185cm

Weight : 70kg

Education: Bishop O'Connell Highschool

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  • 3rd UCI 1.1 Trofee Van Vlaanderen ('21)

Age started riding bikes: 3

Age started racing bikes: 9

Previous teams (club/collegiate count): National Capital Velo Club (NCVC), Kelly Benefits Cycling

Rider type: All-rounder, TT

Strengths: Punchy climbs and breakaway/TT like efforts

Area most eager to improve: Sprinting Ability, Off-bike routines

Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date: 3rd at UCI 1.1 Trofee Van Vlaanderen

What or who inspired you to start riding?

When I was nine years old, my father who had already been a part of the sport for 13 years invited me to a cyclocross race. From this first race, I would never looked back. In part, It was the special bond that we developed while spending time together on the bike that kept me hungry and excited at that early stage. Aside from that, it was a challenge and there were always goals I could keep pushing towards.

What’s your biggest goal for the season?

My biggest goal for this season is to learn as much as a possibly can. Coming from the top end of junior ranks, sometimes I feel like I know quite a lot. However, I am always astoundingly humbled by all I do not know. So for my first year as a U23, I want to gain as much information as possible to put towards smarter development and decisions in my future.

 

Where is your favorite place to train and why?

My favorite place to train is the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. Besides having all the types of terrain you could possibly ask for, within a quick ride’s time, there is world-class gravel and views at every corner. There really are some special gems to find if you know where to look. For me, nothing really compares to standing on the top of Reddish Knob on a cool crisp autumn afternoon.

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

One thing that I really struggled with at the beginning of my serious cycling career was learning that progress is not linear. Being such a competitive athlete, if I was not progressing upwards all the time, iI thought something was off. What I’ve learned is that you can never be “on” all the time and that there are ups and downs along the way. 

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

Last year my team had a training camp in Tuscon AZ. One of the rides we did was 134 miles long and circles all of Tuscon, including most of its famous bike attractions. It was hard to absorb all the new sights, sounds, smells, and people we met along the way, but the 7ish hours of riding we did felt like the blink of an eye.

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

I’m really looking forward to spending three weeks in Greece as well as Pro Nationals. My first international excursion with Aevolo will be In Rhodes Greece for most of March. I am super excited to visit the country for the first time and get some international racing experience outside of what I have had in Belgium. Along with this, I’m looking forward to my induction into the Pro National Championships scene. I’ve grown up watching that race on TV and I’m thrilled to finally be a part of it.

What is your dream race to win and why?

It’s always been my dream to win one of the classics. The grit and determination needed to face a 250km + race have always been something I have wanted to do. Mix this with some of the toughest terrain and surface the world can throw at a bike race and there is something really special. Those who win the biggest classics go down in history for a reason.