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gabriel

shipley

 

Date of Birth : 01/09/2002

Height : 188cm

Weight : 71kg
Education: Union College, Schenectady, New York

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Age started riding bikes: I started riding bikes at age 3. 

Age started racing bikes: I first devoted myself to racing at 15 years old.

Previous teams (club/collegiate count): My first team was VC Cascade, but after a season I moved to The Miller School of Albemarle, and began racing out of Virginia. The next spring, I joined Hot Tubes Development Cycling, where I raced for two years before joining Aevolo. 

Rider type: I consider myself a stage racer/ all-rounder, and a domestique. 

Strengths: I thrive in unfavorable weather conditions, breakaways, and long climbs.

Area most eager to improve: I’m most eager to improve my time-trialing and climbing abilities.

Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date: 

 

I found immense pride in the team work that went into the success at the 2019 Junior Tour of Ireland; winning half the stages, the GC, climbers, and sprinters jersey’s. 

What or who inspired you to start riding?

After some recreational mountain biking, my father and I started riding together on the road in preparation for a local race. I won the junior category and wanted to chase that feeling. I thrived off of my family’s and the local cycling community’s encouragement to improve and seek racing beyond Montana. 

What’s your biggest goal for the season?

My goal for the season is to learn as much as possible about U23/Elite racing in America and Europe. I want to glean as much as I can from my teammates, especially those in their final season on the team. 

Where is your favorite place to train and why?

The rural area outside of Boston, Massachusetts is my favorite place to train. The terrain is diverse and relentless, but it all flows together in an enjoyable way. The small hill-towns of the area are connected by innumerable old roads, which provides for cafes, ice cream shops, and local fruit stands to often fall within a stone’s throw of each other. 

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

Discovering all the precarious rules that apply to sanctioned Junior cycling. When I first started racing, it took my father and I roughly one season to learn the regulations and arrive at races prepared. Now, we’re able to laugh about scrambling to lock out gears on the start line and last minute TT-bike adjustments at the bike jig. 

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

I raced the Belgian Waffle Ride this fall in Cedar City, and it was one of the toughest days I’ve had on the bike, but equally enjoyable. The 127-mile gravel course was relentless from start to finish, and it was safely pulled off despite the pandemic. 

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

It’s hard to say with no races set in stone, but I’ve always wanted to race the Redlands Classic. I’m excited at the prospect of European racing, but racing with a mix of domestic U23’s and Elites sounds enticing. ​

 

What is your dream race to win and why?

To win the Tour of Flanders one day would be a dream come true. It’s always grueling and unpredictable, and it would be special to win this spring classic. 

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

A pro rider from a few generations ago, Gino Bartali. I believe it would have been fascinating to hear firsthand the stories of his humanitarian efforts in WWII and his training through it all. In his career he displayed the ability to analyze his opponents pressure points, and to suffer better than anyone else. I’d have loved to glean wisdom from him both on and off the bike.