I started cycling while in college in Nashville, TN at the age of 19. During summer break in Alaska after my freshman year of college, my brother convinced me to buy a mountain bike. I proceeded to enter my first race a week later and was hooked. Upon returning to school, I joined the Vanderbilt University Cycling Team, a small club in the Southeast Collegiate Cycling Conference, and began racing from February thru October, both on the road and on the dirt. For 3 years in collegiate cycling I was racing road time trials, team time trials, road races, criteriums, cross country mountain bike races, mountain bike time trials, short track, dual slalom, downhill, and 4X!
Upon graduating with a degree in civil engineering, I switched my focus to full time cycling. 2 seasons in Belgium racing road bikes with sporadic mountain bike racing always mixed in led to my first professional contract in 2010, and I raced professionally on the domestic road circuit in 2010 and 2011.
For 2012, I have stepped back from my professional career to explore other avenues. I have always had an interest in coaching, especially youth. One summer in Alaska I was a coach for the Mighty Bikes youth mountain bike program, and riding with those kids was some of the most rewarding time I have spent on a bicycle. As much as I enjoyed collegiate cycling, I have always wished I had discovered cycling earlier in life. Coaching at the high school level is my way of helping kids find the amazing and lifelong sport of cycling earlier than most, as well as a way to share my knowledge and passion for the sport of cycling!
I’m sure most of you recognize Evan’s name and watched him race last year at the Tour of Utah with RealCyclist. Evan was a big contributor to the team and to Francisco Mancebo! At 27 years old, he brings a lot of experience with him into coaching, not to mention enthusiasm. We are lucky to have him in our Utah League. As some of our kids go on beyond high school racing, he provides a role model of a pro who is not only a great cyclist, but also a great person. Evan grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.