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My name is Forrest Russell and I am a eighteen year old cyclist from Big Bear, California. I am now racing for Adams State University i...
My name is Forrest Russell and I am a eighteen year old cyclist from Big Bear, California. I am now racing for Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. I'm not the fastest or most experienced cyclist for my age, but I don't want to be. I feel like many of my competitors take cycling as pure competition and not as the pure discipline it is. This will be only my second season racing/riding and I have already fallen in love. So much so that I have even started a high school mountain biking team so that future students may discover this sport as I have. So that they may ride winding single track, climb over the hill that makes you take in every breath as if it was your last, and meet some of the most phenomenal people I have ever met within the cycling community.
I raced my first race at Vail Lake in Temecula, California. It was incredibly hot and for a category three mountain biker the course was technical and long. Surprisingly I finished and was so tired i didn't even go to the podium to get my second place trophy. I decided to keep racing and I became hooked. By june I had upgraded to category two, and as of march 2013 I raced my first category one race. My only goal is to become competitive and to keep enjoying the sport while having as much fun as possible.
Done over three dozen races in the past two seasons and I have to say I have learned alot.
Would say my highlight was at nationals this year with a solid 17th after a crash last lap.
Ultimately I wish to become a professional and dedicate my life to advocating the sport. If that does not work out then I am planning on getting a job in the cycling industry with my marketing degree.
Outside of racing I try to help encourage cycling in my local community as often as possible.
I started a mountain bike team at my high school so that students may discover the sport of cross country mountain biking. I obtained sponsors for the team such as Specialized Bicycles, SDG, Oakley, and local sponsors who generously donated to help riders get bikes, equipment, and team jerseys. I have also encouraged the team to go along with me to help build the new "skyline" trail by getting some tools in their hands.
Our team is " Big Bear Composite".
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My local bike shop is Bear Valley Bikes.
Training my little heart out.
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