Meet U23 Member Daniel Johnson

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DANIEL JOHNSON

Racing age: 21
Hometown: Durango, CO
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel
Favorite Training Song: “My Name Is” by Eminem
Best Post-Ride Snack: Koala crisp chocolate rice cereal

Click through to hear a sample of Daniel’s beautiful piano playing!

I grew up in Southern California where summer never ends. I loved being active and doing things outside all day, which mostly consisted of racing my bike around the neighborhood. I don’t need much to stay entertained – I love playing the piano, writing music, and listening to it. I moved to Durango, Colorado, a little over a year ago and I am loving it. Honestly, other than that I’m pretty simple! I like having a good time with friends, riding, and racing my bike. I am also a classically trained pianist and have written a few songs that I’m pretty proud of!

Cycling became a part of who I am because bikes were always around me. My mom and dad were both professional mountain bikers back in the day. Dad loved watching European cycling events, the Tour, and all the other motor sports on channels that aired them.

I have been riding since I could walk. I tried some other sports when I was young but when I was playing them, all I could think about was riding my bike. In fact, bikes are what I thought–and what I still think–about most of the day. I remember doing some stuff that maybe wasn’t the smartest riding around the neighborhood. This one time in particular, I was looking down at the chainring, chain, and cranks while I was riding because I liked the way it looked when it was all in motion. But when I was looking down pedaling, I slammed head first into the back of a parked van and knocked the living hell out of myself! That was a sight for the neighbors!

I started racing BMX when I was around 8 or 9 and my full focus was on that. I made it pretty far racing on a national team and traveling around the country and I loved it. During that time I broke my leg badly at 12 years old and was in the hospital for 2 weeks. After that I started riding on the local bike path to rehab and realized I enjoyed that side of the sport too. When I was better I got into mountain bikes. Getting into the NICA High School MTB league was awesome for me; I acquired the taste of winning and pushing myself hard. Meeting great people and making good friends was a big part of being in the league. And now here I am on this amazing team Bear Development, traveling the world racing bikes with awesome people!