Michael

Hernandez

Date of Birth : 06/17/1997

Height : 1.83m

Weight : 74kg
Education: Valencia College  (Criminal Justice)

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Photo: Tosh Clements

Type of rider: Aggressive

Strengths: Sprinting, tactics

Area most eager to improve: Climbing

Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date: Fourth place at Tour of Alberta (stage 2).

 

What or who inspired you to start riding?

Neither my mom or dad were ever cyclists, but my mom helped me find cycling to help me lose weight for pop warner football. Once I found success in cycling I quickly became passionate about the sport and it became more than just a hobby.

 

What’s your biggest goal for the season?

I would love to win the U23 Tour of Flanders, which I’m riding with the US National Team this year.

 

Where is your favorite place to train and why?

My favorite place to train must be Asheville, North Carolina. My love for the city plays a large part in my attraction to the riding there, but it goes so much beyond that. Between having some of the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen and the rolling Blue Ridge Parkway, it makes an ideal place for cycling.

 

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

Over the course of my cycling career I have made many mistakes and learned many lessons. The greatest lesson I have learned is that there is more to life than bike racing. This lesson took me a long time to learn but now I can teach others that there is no point in getting bent out of shape over one bike race.

 

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

If the team got into the Tour of Utah that would be the race I look forward to the most.

 

What is your dream race to win and why?

The final stage of the Tour de France.

 

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

If I could have any pro rider as a teammate it would have to be Mark Cavendish. From my first season racing he has been a role model for me. His passion for the sport sometimes lashes out in emotion, but to me it shows that he puts 110% into what he does. I feel like I could learn so much from him as a teammate and I believe that he is an attribute to any team that he joins.