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Laurel Rathbun

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Birthday? May 10, 1996

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Colorado Springs, but now go to school at Marian Univeristy in Indianapolis, IN.

When you’re not riding your bicycle what would you likely be doing? If I am not riding or in school I’d likely be going on some kind of adventure with my best friend and roommate Emily Neice. We aren’t good at sitting still!

If you could describe cyclocross in 5 words what would they be?

C- cycling & R- running O- on S- slippery S- surfaces

Why cyclocross for you? It first started when I was about 9 years old after my older brother Rhys and my dad found out about it. They told me there were no other young girls doing it and so naturally I had to try it! In my head I was guaranteed a medal, but this plan backfired on me. After I raced with the junior boys I went on a search for my medal and the race promoter told me they didn’t have one for me because they didn’t expect any girls to show up. I had a great time doing it and continued to race regardless of not getting any medals! Now 12 years later I still race because I love it. I love the crowds, the atmosphere and the opportunity cyclocross provides - especially for young women getting the chance to race World Cups and travel and race in Europe.

What are your main goals for the 2017-2018 season? This is my last year in the U23 category and my main goals are a podium at the Pan-Am Championship in Louisville, KY, a podium spot at Nationals in Reno, NV and to make the Worlds Team.

What is your favorite cyclocross race course in the US? Hmmm, that's a tough one. I think Jingle Cross has been my favorite especially when it was in November. The conditions were always epic and the crowd there is always awesome. Devou Park in Cincinnati is a great one, too!

Favorite food? I’ll give you Top 5

1. Bacon 2. Sweet potatoes 3. Pineapple 4. Smoked salmon 5. Peanut butter

Coffee or tea? Coffee for sure.

Espresso or latte? I used to be a latte person but I’m slowly switching over to the espresso side.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Dark chocolate 

Favorite music? I go through phases. Right now I love country music.

Instagram // @laurelridesbikes