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.
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.
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.
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).
Current XC bike: 2016 Trek Procaliber
Wheels: NOX Composite Skyline/Teocalli
Hubs: Industry Nine Torch