Date of Birth : 12/23/1997
Height : 1.75m
Weight : 59kg
Education: Cuesta College
Photo: Tosh Clements
Rider type: All-rounder, with a focus on climbing.
Strengths: Bike handling, punchy accelerations, climbing
Area most eager to improve: I really want to work on my sprinting, because I can’t tell you how many races I’ve lost because of my lackluster sprinting abilities.
Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date: Winning the Baker City Classic stage race and three out of the four stages.
What or who inspired you to start riding?
My love for cycling goes back as far as a I can remember, but it really wasn’t until my family moved to Bend, Oregon in 2007, that I really started riding and racing. While living up there my dad managed a bike shop, and started to become really involved in the cycling/racing community. He used to drag me around to all of the local races, and being that the cycling community up there is so large and supportive, I sort of just fell in love with scene. When I got my first real mountain bike, I began jumping into a few races here and there, and did surprisingly well. This early success motivated me to actually start training and riding with my dad, and the rest is history. My dad is actually still my #1 training partner.
What’s your biggest goal for the season?
My biggest goal for the season is to finish top 15 in a PRT stage race. I feel that this goal is totally attainable if I can push myself to gaining a bit more endurance, power, and by working on my time trialing abilities. Last year, I was close, but didn’t quite have the strength and fitness to ride strong for four or five days in a row.
Where is your favorite place to train and why?
I absolutely love the training right here in my hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA. With fairly moderate temperatures year around, and a variety of roads and different terrains, the training here is pretty hard to beat. This is definitely a place where you wish every training day was a volume day, just so that you could go explore.
What’s one lesson you’ve had to learn the hard way and/or beginner mistake you made and now laugh about?
The biggest obstacle for me as a road cyclist, has been trying to learn to not race a road race like you would a cyclo-cross or mountain bike race. When I was first getting to road racing, I was coming into it with a background of riding in the dirt; therefore, I used to waste so much energy because I would constantly be over-accelerating on any little rise, or whenever the group would come out of a corner. My dad literally used to call me the arsonist, in reference to how many matches I would burn during a race.
What race are you most looking forward to this year and why?
I am really looking forward to racing the Philadelphia Classic this year. This is a race that just seems so fast, so long, and so brutal; which for some reason sounds exciting to me. It really is one of the only true classics we still have here in the U.S., and is a race that I have always wanted to do.
What is your dream race to win and why?
My dream race to win is definitely the Cascade Cycling Classic. Having grown up in Bend, OR, and for many years watching Cascade as a little kid, I was always in awe of the pro racers, and how epic the racing was. Winning Cascade in front of all my peeps and on the roads where my love for cycling began, would be something special, for sure.
Which pro rider would you love to have as a teammate?
I pretty much idolize Peter Sagan, as do many I’m sure, for his skills and his ability to somehow always make it happen. He would be a great teammate, because despite being an absolute baller on the bike, he still seems like a cool dude, who’s motivating, fun, and who truly loves riding his bike. Though I don’t know him personally, he seems like a rider that as a teammate, I would totally be willing to sell out for.