Hometown: Waldorf, MD. Born in Naples, Italy.
Attending: Thomas Stone High School, Waldorf, MD.
Studying: Wants to be Engineering major in college
First bike: Redline Conquest Cyclocross bike.
Favorite movies: “Skyfall. I prefer action and comedy movies.”
Favorite route when training: “Horsehead Road takes me to all my local routes.”
Personal Hero: “Jeremy Powers – I went to his CX camps to learn cyclocross and met him early on. He’s a really nice professional rider who is very approachable. I look up to him and strive to emulate him.”
Favorite off-season or non-cycling hobby: “Cross-country running.”
Favorite Quote: ‘The Man in the Arena,’ by Theodore Roosevelt: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
What motivates you about racing for BMC Development? “This will be the first time I’ve had teammates in my category to ride and race with. I’m really excited about working with the team in races and gaining new friends in training. The fact that the team is filled with really strong and talented riders is fantastic. I look forward to learning a lot and growing as an athlete.”
Cycling Goals: “I reached my goal last year of upgrading to Category 3. This year, I’m shooting for Cat-2 and to be competitive at national and international events.”
What do you consider your best moment in the sport? “I lined up in a recent cyclocross race with some really tough competition. Greg Wittwer is a Category-1 road and CX racer and he was on the line with me. By the end of the race I had held him close and finished a strong second, nine seconds down, but a full 45 seconds ahead of the third-place rider. Out of the top seven riders who were Cat-1s, I was the only Cat-2 in the group. That was a great moment.”