“I ride for the freedom, love, and feeling of it. Riding bikes is truly liberating. I feel truly lucky to have something as cool as biking that has taken me to the best places and introduced me to the best people.”
ANDERS IS A GUY OF MANY TALENTS. HE RACES CROSS COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKING, FOLLOWS A PRE-MED TRACK AT CAL POLY STATE UNIVERSITY AND RACED AT XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LAST YEAR. WE KNOW, WE WISH WE WERE HIM, TOO.
Home base: SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA
Work off the bicycle?
Student, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
20-24 Pan American & US Champion
20-24 4th World Championships
Cross Country Mountain Bike
2x 17-18 Fat Bike National Champion
2nd & 3rd Mtb National Championships (XC 17-18)
2nd Mtb National Championships (Short Track 17-18)
Favorite race or ride?
Park City trails with good company
My dream career outside of cycling is…
Sports medicine Physician
My favorite academic subject is…
I love the sciences
My earliest memory on a bike is…
I don't remember the age exactly but when I was pretty young my whole family and I went out and rode all the way up the "Old Snowbasin Road." It's about a 1500 foot climb and I had to stop in basically every shadow I could find. Eventually I made it all the way to the top and the manager of Snowbasin gave me a free Snowbasin pin. It was pretty awesome. Now I do intervals up and down that same road very often.
Advice to UP-AND-COMING cyclists:
Keep it fun. Do it for fun and the rest will follow :)
why do you support outride?
I support Outride because I believe in the opportunity that it is giving so many kids to have access to bikes and to develop a love for them. A bicycle can be truly life changing and being introduced to bike riding in school is something I am very envious of. I was lucky enough to have a dad that instilled a love for bike riding in me but many do not have such luck. Outride steps in here and gives many kids a priceless opportunity. In addition, more from my personal interest in science and medicine, I am always interested in learning more about the physiological effects of cycling and exercise in general on the brain specifically.
Check out these photos from Anders’s visit to Maui Prep during XTERRA World Championships!
photos: Ray Chin