Meet Junior Bear Athlete Riley Amos!
Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…
Racing Age: 17
Hometown: Durango, CO
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9
Favorite Training Song: Potato Salad – Tyler the Creator
Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Anything from Bread Bakery!
Ever since second grade when my parents signed me up for Durango Devo, my greatest memories and experiences all have a bike in them. I have played and participated in a variety of activities, from playing the standard sports like soccer, swimming and lacrosse, to hunting, fishing, camping, rafting, and traveling with my Mom, Dad, and younger brother. Durango is the most amazing place to enjoy everything outdoors, and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
Durango has helped me to love mountain bikes in so many ways, if I didn’t live here I definitely wouldn’t be a mountain bike racer. The amazing trails I can ride out my front door, being able to ride with local pros, and a community that is supportive of the sport just pushes you to love being on two wheels and riding fast. When I’m not cycling I love to spend time surfing and swimming in the lakes with friends, and exploring 4×4 roads and snowboarding in the winter.
Durango DEVO cultured my love of racing through amazing people who were our coaches, camps that were all about having fun on the bike, and amazing trips as a team where we camped in the freezing rain to get up and give our all the next day. Because of this, 2018 was the first year I really felt like I wanted to give everything I have to becoming the best possible racer I can be. One challenge I have had to overcome this year is keeping calm and maintaining focus when I am faced with an unexpected challenge. At the Mountain Bike National Championships, I didn’t have any call up for the race, and the craziness and stress at the start line was something I had never encountered before. As the race started, I kept my head up, was patient, and took the holes and opportunities that presented themselves to slowly move up to the front.
Going into 2019 I have more motivation and love for the sport than ever, and I couldn’t be more excited to be riding for Bear Development. I look forward to more amazing racing and great times with everyone and cheers to 2019!