aidan
mcneil

Date of Birth: 7/5/2001

Height: 1.65m

Weight: 57kg

Education: Monta Vista High School

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Photo: Tosh Clements

Age started riding bikes: Learned how to ride a bike at 6 years old


Age started racing bikes: 15 years old


Previous teams (club/collegiate count): 15-16: NCCF/Specialized Juniors

Rider type: Climber

Strengths: Climbing and descending


Area most eager to improve: Time trialing and sprinting


Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date: 3rd overall and 1st overall KOM at UCI Junior Nations Cup Tour de DMZ


What or who inspired you to start riding?

I had been swimming competitively since I was 8 years old and started racing triathlons seriously at around age 13. When I was around 14 or 15 years old I got burnt out of swimming and so I stopped racing triathlons and decided to ride bikes for fitness since I don’t like to run. My dad had asked if I wanted to try to compete in a bike race and I agreed to do it. After that race I didn’t just want to ride bikes for fitness but rather race because I love to compete.’

What’s your biggest goal for the season?

Exposure to bigger European races and racing the Tour of Utah

Where is your favorite place to train and why?

Montebello road because it is one of the most beautiful roads in my area and it is my favorite climb. It looks like a true euro climb as it is a one lane road most of the way with vineyards at the top. Once you do get to the top you can see all of the Bay Area to San Francisco on one side and on the other side you can see the ocean.

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

My first race one kid went off the front and I chased the entire race to catch him as everyone was sitting on my wheel. On the final lap I was cooked and now I know the concept of drafting.

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

Travelling to Sittard, Netherlands as a 16 year old for a kermesse trip with USA Cycling. At this point I hadn’t been racing for very long and I would say I wasn’t very experienced but the trip made me actually experience Europe for the first time. I also realized since I never had been outside of North America before this point, that bike racing could be an amazing way to explore the world and compete in the sport I truly love.

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

Tour of Utah because it looks really hilly and mountainous in the years I have watched it on television and now since Tour of California is no longer, I feel like Utah is the only big US race left where you get World Tour teams to race against.

What is your dream race to win and why?

Paris - Nice because in the past years it has always been a very close race to the very end. It also races through the Alps and I have always wanted to race through those very prestigious climbs of cycling.

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

Adrien Costa even though he no longer races he is one of the greatest people I know and he has inspired me on and off the bike. I have ridden with him before and after his rock climbing accident and I would say the incident never changed him. He certainly has a strong mindset when it comes to life and overcoming challenges but also a good mindset with him being very kind and humble and I think that is something that every teammate should aspire to be to one another.