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Samedi, Janvier 13, 2018

Few things excite us more than seeing young people on bikes. For the second year at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, SRAM hosted a “Pizza with the Pros” party for junior racers. Let’s just say they’re hungry competitors – this year the juniors consumed 28 pizzas along with plenty of conversation with our sponsored U.S. pro cyclocross racers.

 Wil Matthews ©Wil Matthews Photo

Meet a few of these great young athletes competing this week in Reno:

 

Austin Peterson

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Age: 15
Years racing: 6
Introduction to cycling: My dad would take me out on mountain bike rides. He never pushed me to train… I got to the point where I wanted to be competitive and started training on my own and got a coach.
Favorite school subject: Math
Least favorite school subject: Geography
Favorite kind of pizza: Mac and cheese pizza (which he had in Wisconsin)
Favorite CX conditions: Muddy. Or snow, that’s my favorite.

Jacob Miller

Hometown: Seattle
Age: 15
Years racing: 3 years
Introduction to cycling: Middle school cycling club
Favorite school subject: History
Least favorite school subject: English
Favorite kind of pizza: Everything, sausage, onions, peppers
Favorite CX conditions: Muddy

 

Kaya Musgrave

Hometown: Littleton, Colo.
Age: 12
Years racing: 6
Introduction to cycling: My cousin.
Favorite school subject: Writing
Least favorite school subject: Math
Favorite kind of pizza: Cheese
Favorite CX conditions: Muddy

 

Haydn Hludzinski

Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
Age: 11
Introduction to cycling: My parents. They race mountain bikes, and cross, and road.
Favorite school subject: Art
Least favorite school subject: Reading
Favorite kind of pizza: Margherita
Favorite CX conditions: Muddy

 

Cole Gar-Aouy

Hometown: Seattle
Age: 14
Years racing: 7
Introduction to cycling: Our neighbor, he was like, ‘you want to join a team?’
Favorite school subject: Science or English
Least favorite school subject: Math
Favorite kind of pizza: Cheese
Favorite CX conditions: Muddy

 

Gentry Jefferson

Hometown: Hagerstown, Md.
Age: 17
Years racing: 7
Introduction to cycling: My father, who announces races. He was announcing a race at Trexlertown… I rode the (cyclocross) course. It was the start of the season, so I just figured I would try it. It took off from there.
Favorite school subject: Photography
Least favorite school subject: Math
Favorite kind of pizza: Cheese
Favorite CX conditions: I want to say dry, but some say I race better in mud. A course like today’s… dusty and dry, some rocks. I dig that. Technical, dry, pretty fast.

 

Calvin Conaway

Hometown: Indianapolis
Age: 11
Years racing: 4
Introduction to cycling: My dad
Favorite school subject: Art
Least favorite school subject: Math
Favorite kind of pizza: Meat
Favorite CX conditions: Muddy (Calvin also excels at bunny hops)

 

Kayleigh Maloney

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Age: 13
Years racing: 3
Introduction to cycling: Older brother
Favorite school subject: Math
Least favorite school subject: Art
Favorite kind of pizza: Cheese
For CX, muddy or dry: Either way.

 

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