Profiling the future of American cycling: Lawson Craddock
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Date of Birth: February 20, 1992
Top accomplishments to date: seven national championships, 17-18 JR Road National Champ 2010, Trofeo-Karlsberg 2010 (GER) overall champion
Education: Austin Community College
How did you get started in the sport?
My dad (Tom Craddock) was a professional cyclist — a downhill racer — in the early 90s. When I was 10, dad brought us out to the Alkek Velodrome and I did an omnium race. The winner got a bike!
What do you love the most about cycling?
The competition, just the thrill of racing.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Being away from my family. A lot of kids my age are at home with their friends and family. I have a lot of great friends here (in Europe) which helps.
Has there been anyone/anything that's been most influential in your career?
My dad has been a huge part of where I am today, both my parents really. They’ve been extremely supportive. They never put any pressure on me; just kind of gave me guidance and let me do my thing. There’s no way I’d be here without them.
How has USA Cycling helped you?
In so many ways. They put faith in me when I was young. They invited me over here when I was 16 and jumpstarted my career.
What is your biggest goal that you’re working toward?
To make it to the ProTour and to be a good ambassador for the sport.
Any advice for youngsters?
I so feel for the youngsters. Keep having fun in the sport. Never feel like you have to impress anyone. Do what you want to do, how you want to do it. The Regional Development Camps all over the nation are a big help in getting spotted — a lot of fun too.
What does it mean to you to be at a part of USA Cycling’s National Development Program?
It’s definitely an awesome program and I’m honored to be a part of it. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we wouldn’t be here without USA Cycling. It gives us the chance to come live our dreams.
If you could summarize USA Cycling in one sentence, what would you say?
It’s a program that is growing to become one of the top programs in the world.
What do you do when you're not riding a bike?
Go to school, study.
- Profiling the future of American cycling - Larry Warbasse - Mar 31, 2011