Meet Junior Bear Athlete Finn Melton!
Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…
Racing Age: 16
Hometown: Fairfax, CA
Race Bike of Choice: Trek TopFuel 9.9
Favorite Training Song: Know Your Enemy – Green Day
Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Almond Butter Toast & a Smoothie
My parents are super into the outdoors so naturally, they passed their love for being outside down to me and my twin brother, Kai. As long as I can remember, my parents have been taking me and my brother hiking and biking all over Marin, skiing in local mountains or on backpacking trips. Growing up in Fairfax, the birthplace of mountain biking, I have always been surrounded by a strong community of bikers who encouraged me to pick up the sport.
When I am not biking, I like to spend time with friends and family, surfing, reading and playing soccer. My mom is from Berlin, Germany so I spend part of every summer visiting family there and traveling to different parts of Europe. One of my favorite times of the year though is visiting my cousins and grandparents in San Diego. I love to spend time with them while surfing or having fun on the boardwalk.
I have played competitive soccer since fourth grade and continue to do so in the off-season. I was also very much into running track and cross country. I experimented with baseball but it wasn’t a great fit because I really enjoy the long distance exertion that you get from running or biking. I also make several trips into the mountains each winter to ski and started backcountry skiing this year. I really enjoy the solitude and climbing aspect in addition to skiing untracked snow.
I was introduced to biking at a young age by both my parents who are also cyclists. My first introduction to racing was competing in local triathlons with my brother. In sixth grade, I joined the mountain bike club with my brother and a few friends. Every Tuesday after school we rode local trails around Fairfax. Most of the time we ended up riding a local “flow trail” and would try to do more laps than we had the week before. That same year, a friend of mine heard about a “shorty” MTB race series that was happening nearby on Wednesdays after school. We decided to give it a shot and ended up having a blast! Those few races sparked my interest in racing mountain bikes and then freshman year of high school I joined the Drake MTB club and raced my first year of NICA. I had so much fun during the NICA season that by the end I decided that I was going to give my full effort into training and racing the following year!
I am delighted and honored to be apart of the Bear Development Team this year I look forward to the many memories and exciting experiences I will have this season!