Meet Junior Rider Ryder Uetrecht

This Friday marks the ninth week of Bear Development Team’s Junior Series! We are honored to dedicate our weekly post to the introduction of one member of the Bear Development Team.
Check in every week to get the inside scoop on Bear’s Junior Team!
This week, meet…

RYDER UETRECHT

Racing Age: 16
Hometown: Bend, OR
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9 RSL
Favorite Training Song: “Japan” by Famous Dex
Best Post-Ride Snack: ANYTHING

My name is Ryder Uetrecht. I am 16 years old and I live in beautiful Bend Oregon. I have been on the Bear Development Team for two years now and I have loved every moment. I started cycling from my parents dragging me to all of the mountain bike and cyclocross races around Oregon. Finally, around the age of 10, I got to actually start racing. I have been training and racing hard ever since. From the gritty and dirty conditions of cyclocross, to the rugged dry mountain bike racing I have grown to love. Seeing as this is my last year as a 15-16 year old on the mountain bike, I have been going full throttle in my training trying to push myself to my limits in the hopes of winning a national title!

Within Bear I found a family that accepted me with open arms. When I was down on myself at races such as Missoula in 2017 I was comforted and supported by my teammates and I strive to do the same for them. When I’m not racing, I tend to be found studying for my classes or being out on rides with my friends. Additionally, I have found a new love for coaching younger kids and trying to help get more and more kids and even my friends on bikes. My passion for this sport is something I want to carry with me for years to come. My overall goal in this sport is to still be riding, and maybe racing, at the age of 70. If I can do that then I have lived a truly full life.

While some people say it can clear their heads when they ride, mine is always active and running full steam. Partly due to my competitive nature and partly due to just how my mind is, I find it most fun to be out on a ride thinking while I do an interval or a hard effort. For me it’s one way to deal with the immense torture this sport will inflict on the human body. Personally, I love that pain. It’s one big thing that motivates me in each race. I will throttle myself to my hardest and when it starts to mellow out my body yearns for me to push it even more. I found my place in cycling after years of me not knowing which sport I belonged in. I tried my hand at basketball and mainstream sports like that, however I was never one to enjoy running around touching sweaty dudes. I found skiing around the time I found cycling and I had loved that for years. With wonderful coaching, I enjoyed skiing like I did cycling and was ultra-competitive. Then I shifted my focus to cycling. To this day, I have not regretted that decision once. Cycling has given me so many opportunities and many of those exist due to the Bear Development Team. This family I have found is one I will forever cherish and the memories made with them will be some of my best.