Spencer Paxson

  
  


Date of Birth: December 9, 1984
Height: 5’10”/1.78m
Weight: 155 lbs./70kg./11.1st.
Place of Birth: The Dalles, Oregon
Hometown: Trout Lake, Washington
Residence: Seattle, Washington
Teams: Discover Bicycles (2001-04), Balance Bar/Devo – (05-06), Team S&M (07-10) Team Keller-Rhorback (road, 10-11), Kona Bicycles Factory Team (11-pres.)
Education: Middlebury College, Bachelor of Arts in Geography, minor in Biology and Spanish
Blog: www.spencerpaxson.blogspot.com

Olympic/World Championship experience:

  • 2006 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 2010 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada
  • 2011 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships, Champery, Switzerland

National Championship experience:

  • 4th place — 2013 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships, Macungie, Pa. - Cross-Country
  • 5th place — 2013 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships, Macungie, Pa. - Short Track Cross-Country
  • 7th place — 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships, Cross-Country, Ketchum, Idaho
  • 7th place — 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships, Ketchum, Idaho, Cross-Country
  • 7th place — 2010 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, Granby, Colorado, Cross-Country
  • 6th place — 2007 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, West Dover, Vermont, Super D
  • 5th place — 2006 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, Sonoma, California, Cross-Country, U23
  • 5th place — 2004 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, Mammoth, California, Super D, Pro
  • 8th place — 2004 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, Mammoth, California, Cross-Country, U23
  • 2nd place — 2004 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, Seven Springs Mtn Resort, Pennsylvania, Cross-Country

Career Highlights:

  • 1st place — 2011 The Chainsmoker, Wenatchee, Washington, Cross-Country
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  • 6th place — 2011 Mellow Johnny’s Classic, Dripping Springs, Texas
  • 6th place — 2011 Missoula XC, Missoula, Montana
  • 7th place — 2010 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, Granby, Colorado, Cross-Country
  • 5th place — 2006 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, Sonoma, California, Cross-Country, U23

Points of Interest

  • Paxson can perform a wide array of voice impersonations.
  • Paxson won the 3,200 meter state championship as a junior track runner in high school.
  • Paxson, as a junior and senior, was a member of the Trout Lake High School soccer team which advanced to the Washington state semifinals.

Personal

Spencer Paxson came by his passion for cycling very naturally. Growing up in Trout Lake, Wash., Paxson and his friends would ride bikes anywhere they went.

The kids' love of riding bikes grew to the point where, at 12 years of age, the group of friends built a trail through the woods to and from each others’ houses. That summer, Paxson noticed an advertisement for a cross-country race at the the Hood River Gorge Games in Post Canyon. He signed up and has been hooked ever since.

He continued to race his bike as a collegiate at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he collected two silver medals (2006, 07) in cross-country races. He earned silver medals in 2005 and 2006 before collecting a bronze medal in 2007 in collegiate national championship cross-country races. Paxson was selected to compete as an under-23 rider for the United States at the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Paxson continued riding, posting strong results in domestic and international competitions. After representing his country in 2010 at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, Paxson emerged in 2011. He registered top-10 finishes at several of the USA Cycling Pro Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT) races, including placing sixth at Mellow Johnny’s Classic as well as Missoula XC before finishing seventh in the cross-country race at the 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships in Ketchum, Idaho.

“To keep riding fun,” Paxson explains, “I make it a point to get out riding big bikes and backcountry skiing with friends. Keeping things fun and healthy has always been just as important as the hard days in the saddle.”


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