Meet Junior Athlete Ryan Campbell
Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…
Racing Age: 16
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9
Favorite Training Song: Big Poppa – Notorious B.I.G.
Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Breakfast burrito
As far back as I can remember I’ve been riding bikes. My father was a huge influence on me getting into riding as a kid, as he was a marathon mountain bike racer. Ever since I’ve been able to ride a bike I have loved every moment on one. In the third grade my aunt and uncle, who are also big cyclists, suggested I go to a cyclocross camp one weekend. I fell in love with the sport and decided to start racing cyclocross on a bike loaned to me from Danny Summerhill, and found out I was pretty good. Ever since then I’ve never lost my love for the sport of cycling.
Outside of biking I love to hangout with my friends, spend time with family and ski. I’ve been skiing just as long as I’ve been riding, I would say it’s my second love. Skiing is a great offseason activity for me. It’s a break from the hard work of training, but still a great workout and tons of fun. I learned how to ski from my mom, who used to race, and I don’t know that I could have asked for a better instructor.
I try to spend as much time as I can around my family as they are the most influential and supportive people in my life and I feel incredibly lucky to have their support. The biggest challenge I’ve had and have every year is putting in the base miles for the upcoming season. On the front range of Colorado you never quite know what the weather is going to do on any given day, so it’s definitely a struggle to find the motivation to go out and ride when it’s in the 20’s and wet/snowy especially when it was 50 degrees the day before. I always find a way to avoid the trainer through, and get the miles in before I get to that start line for the first time, even if it means having icicle fingers.
I am beyond stoked to get racing in less than one month and start my season on this amazing team!