- 1st Joe Martin Stage Race 2013, Stage 3
- 1st Puivelde Kermis 2013
- 5th U.S U23 Road Race National Championship 2013
- 6th U.S U23 Time Trial National Championship 2013
What turned you on to cycling?
My Dad and I first started riding together when I was 10 or 11 years old. We would ride together on the weekends, just doing 8 to 10 miles at a time. We grew in the sport together and I completed my first organized century ride when I was 12 years-old. Once I entered high school I ran varsity cross country for 4 years. This introduced me to fellow cyclist and running coach Kevin Saint Clair who not only encouraged me to join his club and start bike racing but also helped introduce me to focused athletic training. I was top ten in my first pro race as category 1; that was when the seed was planted that I might be able to turn this into a career.
What has been your greatest obstacle in the sport?
My greatest obstacle has undoubtedly been school. I chose to go to college and get a good education long before I knew I was any good at bike racing. Once cycling started to get much more serious, I continued my commitment to college, which made life difficult in a number of ways. Fortunately, I’ve enjoyed some success despite battling on multiple fronts.
Who would you consider to be your “hero”?
When I was first getting into competitive cycling my hero was admittedly Lance. These days you have to be careful when looking up to international superstars of the last ten years. Truthfully I was a fan before I was a racer but I don’t have any “heroes” in the sport, except for Oscar Clark.
Who has been the biggest supporter of your cycling career?
There are multiple people who have helped me throughout my career or at crucial moments, no individual can claim the top step, so to speak. That being said, my parents have been with me every step of the way and for that I am forever indebted.
Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
Probably my most embarrassing moment was racing the PF junior state championships in 2009 when I was in the winning break of 5 with 3 of the other guys on a single team. That was the first time I had ever been “worked over” in a break and I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t pull, even as one after the other disappeared up the road.
Does training and racing interfere with a “normal” life?
They say in college that you have to choose you’re priorities (good grades, social life, and sleep; pick two). I have to add in a fourth choice, which is racing. So I’m constantly striving to pick about 2.5 of those choices, social life routinely gets hung out to dry.
Where do you place cycling in level of importance in your life?
Nothing is more important than my family, but I would say that 2nd on my list comes cycling.
If you could change one rule in competitive cycling what would it be?
I would ban time trials in stage races.
What would you consider to be your greatest skill or strength?
My greatest strength is my ability to race tactically in a breakaway.
Which cycling related accomplishment are you most proud of?
Related to the question above, my proudest accomplishment was winning a Professional Kermis in Belgium in 2013, solo.
What are your interests outside of cycling?
My interests outside of cycling are generally things that I have neglected for quite time due to school: cooking, outdoors, skiing, movies, and reading for pleasure.
What has cycling taught you (life lessons)?
The most important life lesson that cycling, more specifically training for cycling has taught is how to be focused and goal oriented.