USACYCLING  • Curtis White
Cyclocross

Curtis White

D.O.B Sept. 28, 1995
Hometown Delanson, N.Y.
School Union College
Pro Teams Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com (2013-present)

Meet the Athlete

Curtis White grew up in upstate New York and first started racing cyclocross when he was 10. As a young junior, he looked up to Stu Thorne and Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld and thinking they were giants of cyclocross. Curtis is now going into his 5th season with Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld and feels like a veteran on the squad. He's been able to balance racing professional cyclocross with being a full time student at Union College, as well as racing on the road. Of all the conditions thrown at racers, he loves racing in the mud and the rain.

What was a memorable experience in the beginning of your journey as a cyclist?
When I was young, my parents had a bunch of old races on VHS tapes with old-school giants of the sport: Greg LeMond, Eddy Merckx, and Sean Kelly.  I loved watching these races, it motivated me.  One rainy spring day in New York, when I was about 6, I was watching an earlier edition of Paris-Roubaix where it was raining and all the racers were covered in mud.  I remember wanting to be there, riding over the cobblestones  in the pouring rain.  I paused the tape, found my dad, and bugged him to...

When I was young, my parents had a bunch of old races on VHS tapes with old-school giants of the sport: Greg LeMond, Eddy Merckx, and Sean Kelly.  I loved watching these races, it motivated me.  One rainy spring day in New York, when I was about 6, I was watching an earlier edition of Paris-Roubaix where it was raining and all the racers were covered in mud.  I remember wanting to be there, riding over the cobblestones  in the pouring rain.  I paused the tape, found my dad, and bugged him to take me out for a bike ride in the cold and the rain.  Any normal parent would have waited until the weather improved, or give their kid a football.  Instead, my dad took me out for 20 miles in the pouring rain.  I loved every minute of that ride.

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

Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.

Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.

How did youth sports impact you as a young person and help you grow to the person you are today?
Cycling has helped me become an extremely well rounded person.  Just as in any other sport, athletes are forced to face challenges, defeats, let-downs, and situations in which they have very little or no control over the outcome.  How we react to these situations are tests of character, and these are situations we will have to face in life outside of sports.  We learn to communicate and operate as a team unit.  We learn to set goals, understand the steps to reach them, and then we overcome...

Cycling has helped me become an extremely well rounded person.  Just as in any other sport, athletes are forced to face challenges, defeats, let-downs, and situations in which they have very little or no control over the outcome.  How we react to these situations are tests of character, and these are situations we will have to face in life outside of sports.  We learn to communicate and operate as a team unit.  We learn to set goals, understand the steps to reach them, and then we overcome them.  Of all the things that sports can teach us, the greatest impact cycling has had on me was in solidifying a powerful work ethic.  

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