Since I was about 10 years old, I have always had a significant obsession with cycling. When I was young and learning how to ride a bike, I never had training wheels. I learned very quickly and loved doing it.
When I started to take it seriously, I dropped all my other sports for it. I rode almost every day of the week, putting in 10-hour, 150-200-mile weeks. This consists of trail riding, road riding, and fixe riding.
My first fast season was the fall of 2019. Thanks to my coach Chris Berry, I trained all summer for the big race series. NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) is a series in every state once a year. When I was 11, I won the middle school category of about 60 riders. This year NICA was in the fall.
Soon after, at the start of 2020, my season came to a screeching halt. Covid hit, and all of my race events were canceled. I continued to work hard without any racing throughout 2020.
Racing started back up in the spring of 2021 during the Virginia High School (VAHS) race series that takes place in different places around Virginia. I raced in the middle school category. In 8th grade, which
was my last middle school race. In a field of nearly 130 riders, I came away with the biggest win.
During the summer, My coach and I, Chris rode from Lewisburg to Cass WV on the greenbrier river trail. This was an out and back ride that took about 11 hours. In total it was 157 miles. We also did it on Fixies. A fixie is a bike with no gears, and you can not stop pedaling.
Toward the end of summer and near the start of fall, I started working hard again. I was in the gym 3 times a week doing weight training, putting in 100+ mile weeks. I was just about to begin my freshman year, and NICA was coming up faster than ever, and I tried my best to be ready. I came away with second place in the first race at Miller School. At the second race, two weeks later, In Stokesville, VA, I got the win. In the past, I have always had amazing races at Stokesville and never lost a NICA or a VAHS race there. In the next two races, I was 2nd place. Overall that season, I was the No. 2 freshman in Virginia.
VAHS starts at Miller School next week. I am hoping to do very well. This is the peak of my spring season