Meet U23 Member Jerry Dufour
This week, meet…
Racing Age: 21
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9 RSL
Favorite Training Song: “Freedom” by Rage Against the Machine
Best Post-Ride Snack: Gu Energy Labs Stroopwafel
I was born a southern boy, and raised in both Mississippi and Alabama. I grew up playing football, soccer, and other traditional American ball sports, but was introduced to mountain biking at age seven by my dad who entered me in a local race. That was where I fell in love with the sport. By the end of High School, I had ditched all other sports and was 100% focused on racing bikes. Besides the accomplishments, experiences, and life long relationships I have gained, not much has changed since then – I’m still the same Jerry with the same goals: to have fun riding my bike, and help others experience what this beautiful sport has to offer.
When I am not racing, I love to travel to new places and stay there for a few days to train and work. One of my childhood dreams was to buy an RV and travel around the US, exploring new places and racing my bike. At the beginning of 2018, that dream came true and I couldn’t be more happy! I now own my first home and I’m looking forward to enjoying the moment and exploring a little more when traveling.
A few key decisions and opportunities in 2017 allowed me to continue racing and pursuing my goals while making a living. I started working with Mtbfitness as a personal coach, and I also started my own business Dufourfun! Because of this, I was able to continue racing and living my dream, while also giving back in a way that grows the sport.
I am looking forward to the 2018 season and also seeing what my new athletes accomplish!