Get To Know U23 Member Sandy Floren

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Racing age: 21
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9
Favorite Training Song: “untitled.02” by Kendrick Lamar
Best Post-Ride Snack: Grandma’s cookies

Cycling is really fun and exciting, but it’s not the best outlet for creativity. When I’m not training, I like to spend time on my other hobbies, like playing the guitar and piano, drawing and painting. I also love to cook (almost as much as I love to eat!), and it’s always more fun to do these things together with friends and family. I’m really lucky to have an incredibly supportive circle of people around me, both inside and outside the bike world.For me, cycling was an escape at first. For the first time, I had the ability to go wherever I wanted, and that sense of freedom is still one of the biggest reasons why I love to ride. When I’m outside with nothing but two wheels and the wind in my hair, it’s like a whole world of possibilities opens up, unfolding itself with every pedal stroke.

Although I’m fully committed to racing mountain bikes, I’m also very passionate about my schoolwork. Currently, I’m halfway done with my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz, studying biochemistry. The biggest challenge is trying to strike a balance. It’s impossible to get 100% out of your body and 100% out of your mind at the same time, so compromises are unavoidable. Thankfully, I have some amazing teammates who are in the same position, and I can always reach out to them for advice.One of my highest priorities as I continue down this path is to maintain a sense of perspective. This means always being grateful for the incredible opportunities I’ve had, and without which I never would have made it this far. My “Bike Family,” as well as my real family, have stuck by me through thick and thin, and their support is what gives me the drive to perform on race day.Perspective also means remembering to “enjoy the moment,” as clichéd as that sounds. Not many people are lucky enough to travel broadly, to explore the world on two wheels. As much as I’d like to, I won’t be a bike racer forever. The memories I make with my teammates, though, will stay with me long after we’ve hung up our collective skinsuits.