I discovered a love of running during the 5th grade mile and ever since have grown up immersed in endurance sports. I ran competitively through college, achieving All-American honors two times in cross-country and qualifying for Nationals in track & field in the 3000m steeplechase. Although I grew up around bikes, it wasn’t until a running injury forced me to commit a lot of my training time to the bike that I found my passion for cycling. Upon completion of my degrees in Exercise Science and Management from Luther College in 2007, I committed myself to cycling full time. I signed my first pro contract in 2010 and spent 7 years riding professionally. I completed 3 grand tours, including the 2014 Tour de France, and was selected to represent Team USA at the 2011 Worlds. I was a member of many successful teams and in my role as a domestique played an integral part in helping teammates to victories in some of the world’s biggest races such as the Tour of the Basque Country, Tour of California, and the Vuelta Espana. My greatest individual achievement was winning the US National Road Championship twice. Although my focus was on the road, I also enjoy mountain biking and have competed a handful of times with big, knobby tires.
Outside of cycling and running, I enjoy fishing, backpacking, cooking, and woodworking. Any free time I get is spent chasing around my two-year-old son, or planning the next adventure with my wife.