“I started riding like most guys did—with my dad. He was working at a bike shop, and he got me to try a mountain bike. My first race was two months later, and eventually I started road biking to compliment the mountain biking.

“My brother rides too, and he’s a big part of why I ride. We always ride together. He took me up my first mountain—Skyuka in Greenville.

“Before this, I was on a junior team (Dornier). So now I’m the youngest on this team. That was a little intimidating at first. I’d always heard about Rhim and Wolfe and TJ, but to be on a team with them? It’s awesome. They’re just as cool as I thought they would be.

“This year, I’m just hoping to be helpful in whatever way I can. I hope to learn a lot from these guys.”