Meet Junior Bear Athlete Quinn Felton
Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…
Racing Age: 17
Hometown: Belmont, CA
Race Bike of Choice: Trek TopFuel 9.9
Favorite Training Song: Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Peanut Butter + Banana Smoothie
Both my parents raced mountain bikes in the 90s, so naturally, I was introduced to riding at a very young age. However, I switched to “regular” sports once I got into elementary school: Baseball, soccer, flag football, track, cross country and this is also when I discovered my love for ice hockey. I spent the next six years with skates on my feet and assumed I would play it for the rest of my life.
My obsession with ice hockey came to an end in middle school when I suffered a series of severe concussions, resulting in missing almost 8 months of school over three years. My doctors told me that another head injury could cause permanent damage and advised me to find another sport. I was devastated, but began exploring other avenues.
During middle school, I had begun to explore the local MTB trails with friends but I still didn’t consider biking much of a competitive sport. That all changed when I met Cameron and Alistair, who showed me the wonders of Strava and invited me to join their constantly expanding MTB riding group of other 8th graders. Immediately, I was hooked. Every day I would try to beat my times, or complete new goals that I had set the day before. This ability to see any improvement and then to be able to correlate it with what I had changed or worked on fascinated me and caused me to want to work harder and improve as much as possible. The only time I had this feeling prior was in running but I found it a lot more fun to clear a new technical descent or even complete a weekly mileage goal than the try and run in a circle faster than the week before.
I have always had a love for animals and when I was younger. This love manifested itself into an obsession with reptiles, especially snakes. When I wasn’t on skates, I was probably either researching or out looking for snakes in the surrounding neighborhood.
Since my younger days of reptilian wonder, I have resorted back to more “normal” animals and spend a lot of my time off the bike playing with my two cats. I also spend my time computer programming which is something that I started learning at school this year. I enjoy the logic needed to do it, and I love the ability it gives to custom tailor a program for a specific job. I also enjoy how it allows me to see how computers work and how websites are made.
Looking back at all of this, I am forever thankful for my parents for supporting me in whatever endeavor I was currently occupied with and for their own love of the sport of cycling which is the reason that I can live next to world-class roads and trails. I am extremely excited and honored to be racing for Bear Development this season and can’t wait for the racing to get underway!