Cycling and competing have been a part of my life since the beginning. I grew up in a small town in Coshocton County, Ohio. At a young age I was always on my bike. I remember riding wheelies in the family drive-way. In the summers, we would spend many weekends at campgrounds. I had a Mongoose, then a Giant, BMX bike that myself and the other kids would venture around on. We’d spend countless hours making trails, jumps, and other obstacles each day.

 

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Where is my helmet?

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Where it all started

 

My father, coming from a sprint-car racing background, got me into racing quarter midgets at age 4. Further on, in my teens, I piqued an interest in motocross and dirt bikes. I followed the District 12 AMA series out of Ohio for several years. Each weekend we’d travel to different towns with our Kawasaki dirt bikes.

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Ohio State Championship, 2003

When the time for college came around, the dirt bikes were sold and I looked for other avenues to fulfill the adrenaline addiction. My first mountain bike was an entry-level Trek hardtail that I rode way too hard on the local trails in central Ohio. A few years later, I moved to South Carolina into a town with many more biking enthusiasts where I started racing again. Before long, I purchased a Trek Remedy as my all-trail bike for competing in Super D, Enduro, and XC bike races. In that year I finished 1st in both the Super D and XC series’. The following year (2015) I raced Cat 2, following the Southern Classic Mountain Bike series throughout North/South Carolina. After finishing 2nd overall for that year, starting to compete in larger races, and narrowing more focus on training than ever before, I was hooked.

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Swank 65, 2015

At the end of 2015, I started racing the Cat 1/Expert class. Through 2016 I primarily followed the Southern Classic Mountain Bike series and raced larger races in the southeast (XC Nationals, ORAMM, Swank 65, Fools Gold).

 

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South Carolina State Championship, 2016

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Cranksgiving, Paris Mountain South Carolina, 2016

Current XC bike: 2016 Trek Procaliber

Wheels: NOX Composite Skyline/Teocalli

Hubs: Industry Nine Torch

Drivetrain: SRAM

Brakes: Shimano

Tires: Kenda