Date of birth: 12/22/97
Education: Park University, Missouri
Photo: Tosh Clements
Rider type: climber/time trial
Strengths: I have a good motor
Area most eager to improve: To be faster on the time trial bike
Biggest on the bike accomplishment to date: wearing the leaders jersey and winning the best young rider jersey at Chico stage race last year.
What or who inspired you to start riding?
My dad definitely inspired me to start riding. I grew up playing hockey my whole life and after high school I knew I wasn’t going to go far in hockey because I wasn’t big enough, so I started riding bikes and now we are here.
What’s your biggest goal for the season?
To win the best young rider jersey at one of the big stage races this year.
Where is your favorite place to train and why?
Boulder, Colorado is my favorite place to train because there is so much climbing you can do. In the summer, the weather is unbeatable.
What’s one lesson you’ve had to learn the hard way and/or beginner mistake you made and now laugh about?
Don’t ride too close on Danny Summerhill’s wheel. It ended in a nasty crash last year at the Tour de Taiwan.
What race are you most looking forward to this year and why?
If the team gets an invite, definitely the Tour of Utah and Colorado. I raced them last year and want to improve in those races.
What is your dream race to win and why?
Criterium de Dauphine. It is one of the harder stage races in Europe and is a good pre-race for the Tour de France that I also want to compete in.
Which pro rider would you love to have as a teammate?
Neilson Powless. He cracked into the World Tour and I would love to learn what he has to say about making that next step. And he’s a cool guy.