While growing up in Eastern, Washington, I had unfettered access to the North Cascade mountains, and it was here that my love for the bike began. I started racing at just 11 years old, in youth races, but it quickly grew into a summertime passion, and partnered well with my ambitions Nordic Skiing. I was competitive Nationally in both, but when I started my studies at Montana State University, I decided that I had to choose one. Mountain biking it was, and soon I was racing in Europe with the US National Development Team, getting my first tastes at the highest level of racing. Success was not immediate, but after a few years of persistence, I broke out with a tremendous season on the U23 World Cup in 2011, and won the US Under-23 National Championship. After being named to the 2012 USA Cycling Olympic Long Team, I signed with the Swiss-based BMC Mountainbike Racing Team. The following seasons shaped my professional career; racing against the best in the World week in and week out in the Swiss BMC Racing Cup and German Bundesliga Series. In 2013 I won my first Professional XC National Championship, and was second in both the Marathon and Short-Track events. In 2014, I won the Continental Championship, the Short Track National Championship, and was again second in the Marathon event. I joined the Sho-Air/Cannondale Professional Mountain Bike Team in 2015, and despite more domestic racing, I still had good season, with consistent placings in the World Cup and I was 3rd at the Toronto Pan American Games. 2016 proved to be one for the books, but didn't have the outcome everyone was hoping for. Although the early season competition went well and the opening rounds of the World Cup were successes, I was left off the US Olympic Team. This was obviously a huge disappointment after years of pursuing this lofty goal, but the cycling community and his sponsors rallied behind me. I finished off the season with a strong showing at BC Bike Race and CrankWorks Whistler, finishing 3rd and 1st respectively. I also jumped into his first road stage race with Rally Pro Cycling at the Cascade Classic, and the the missed opportunity in Rio also opened up doors for me to dive back into the Pacific Northwest's cycling community; freeing up time to be involved with the March Northwest Youth Ride program, the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, and racing cyclocross for the first time. I'm looking forward to this next chapter, join me!