USACYCLING  • Clara Honsinger
Cyclocross

Clara Honsinger

D.O.B June 5, 1997
Hometown Portland, OR
School Oregon State University, Nutrition Health and Sciences
Residence Portland, OR
Pro Teams Team S&M CX (2015-present)

Meet the Athlete

"Lil' Clara" was raised in the picturesque mountains of Southern Oregon and at a young age became an expert at navigating their granitic and loose soil types via bicycle. Since moving to Portland in 2015, she has been taken under the guidance of the Team S&M family and has garnered a greater competence in wetter, tackier, and sometimes sloppy soils. As one of the riders for the Team S&M Pro CX crew, she took her expertise and newfound-knowledge to races across the country in the 2017-2018 ‘cross season and established herself as one of the top U23 riders in the nation, gaining results such as second place at both the U23 National and Pan-Am Championships. She finished her season across the Atlantic with with a solid 14th place in the deep and slippery mud of the Valkenburg U23 World Championships. She hopes to build upon the mounds of experience and development of last season, and aims to stake herself as the top U23 racer in the nation. 

What was a memorable experiences in the beginning of your journey as a cyclist?

My first real mudder Cyclocross Crusade race in Portland, Oregon! It was that day that I truly realized the awesomeness of cyclocross. I can still picture the gnarly rutted descents and impossible off-camber traverses. 

My first real mudder Cyclocross Crusade race in Portland, Oregon! It was that day that I truly realized the awesomeness of cyclocross. I can still picture the gnarly rutted descents and impossible off-camber traverses. 

Can you briefly describe your path and the meaningful moments that have inspired you?

Participating in the USAC Euro CX camps and racing in Europe has been essential to my development as a rider. The learning curve is exponential when racing and training over there, and working with USAC has taught me how to hold myself as a professional both on and off the race course.

Participating in the USAC Euro CX camps and racing in Europe has been essential to my development as a rider. The learning curve is exponential when racing and training over there, and working with USAC has taught me how to hold myself as a professional both on and off the race course.

What are your favorite quote, advice or words to live by?

Smooth is fast - Laura Winberry 

Smooth is fast - Laura Winberry 

2015-2016

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st D2 Collegiate Women

2017-2018

UCI Cyclocross World Championships

14th U23 Women

Pan-American Cyclocross Continental Championships

2nd U23 Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

2nd U23 Women

Jingle Cross

Day 2 - 2nd Elite Women

2018-2019

UCI Cyclocross World Championships

10th U23 Women

Pan-American Cyclocross Continental Championships

1st U23 Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st U23 Women

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