Carmen Small

  
  


Date of Birth: April 20, 1980
Height: 5'5"/1.65kg.
Weight: 120lbs./54.4kg./8.6st.
Place of Birth: Durango, Colorado
Hometown: Durango, Colorado
Residence: Durango, Colorado
Teams: Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling team (2007-08), Michela Fanini &Colivita Sutter Home (2009), Colivita Baci (2010) and TIBCO (2011)
Education: Mathematics degree from Colorado State University
Twitter: @smallsunday

Olympic/World Championship experience:

  • 2013 Road World Championship Team
  • 2010 World Championship Team

National Championship experience:

  • 2nd place — 2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Time Trial
  • 1st place — 2013 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Time Trial
  • 8th place — 2011 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Augusta, Georgia, Road Road
  • 7th place — 2011 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Augusta, Georgia, Criterium
  • 6th place — 2011 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Augusta, Georgia, Time Trial
  • 3rd place — 2010 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Bend, Oregon, Road Race
  • 4th place — 2010 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Bend, Oregon, Criterium
  • 23rd place — 2009 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Bend, Oregon, Individual Time Trial
  • 11th place — 2009 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Bend, Oregon, Road Race
  • 12th place — 2008 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Irvine, Anaheim, and Santiago Canyon, California, Individual Time Trial
  • 44th place — 2008 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Irvine, Anaheim, and Santiago Canyon, California, Road Race
  • 12th place — 2007 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paracycling National Championships, Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Road Race, Elite

Career Highlights:

  • 3rd place -- 2013 UCI Road World Championshps, individual time trial
  • 1st place -- 2013 UCI Road World Championships, team time trial
  • 4th place — 2011 Redlands Bicycle Classic, overall
  • 3rd place — 2010 Tour de l’Aude, Stage 3
  • 10th place — 2010 Tour de l’Aude, Stage 9
  • 1st place — 2010 Sea Otter Classic, Road Race

Points of Interest

  • Small competed in Nordic skiing as a 12-year-old and played volleyball at Colorado State University.
  • Small was a math teacher before competing in cycling and still is a substitute teacher and tutor when she's not on her bike.
  • Small enjoys cooking and often has people come over or she cooks for her husband, Ben Sonntag, who is an internationally competitive German cyclist.
  • Small competed in two Junior Olympics in kayaking.

Personal

Carmen Small was always athletic. She started competing in Nordic skiing at 12 years of age. In addition to skiing, she competed in gymnastics, kayaking, volleyball, basketball, softball and track & field. As a senior setter, Small helped the Durango High School Demons secure the 1997 state volleyball championship. She continued ascending through the volleyball ranks to compete for two seasons as a collegiate at the College of Southern Idaho. After two years, Small decided to finish her mathematics degree at Colorado State University where she played club volleyball and began participating in triathlons.

While participating in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic criterium, Michael Engelman spotted Small and convinced her to pursue cycling. In 2006, Small changed to cycling and hasn't looked back since, beginning with winning the Rocky Mountain Omnium Criterium in 2006. In 2007, she placed 12th in the elite women's Road Race at the USA Cycling Elite, Masters, U23, Juniors Road National Championships and eighth overall at the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.

In 2010, Small enjoyed a standout season. She topped the podium following the road race at the 2010 Sea Otter Classic, placed third in the third stage of the 2010 Tour de l'Aude in France. She also represented the United States of America at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships in Geelong, Australia, where she helped Amber Neben finish 17th and placed 65th.

Small credits many people for her success. "My family has been extremely important in my journey," Small said. "My husband, Ben Sonntag, has been completely supportive and understanding about the sacrifices we've had to make. My coach Corey Hart has always believed in me, giving me the confidence and courage to go after my dreams."


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