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Amber Neben

Elite Women's National Team Member, 3x Olympian (2008, 2012, 2020)

D.O.B February 18, 1975
Hometown Irvine, California
School University of Nebraska (B.S. Biology), University of California—Irvine (M.S. Biology)
Residence Irvine, California
Pro Teams Cogeas Mettler Cycling (2019-Present)

Meet the Athlete

In high school in Orange County, Calif., Amber competed in soccer, track, and cross country, but she suffered from frequent stress fractures. Later, she attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln on a track and field scholarship, but the stress fractures eventually sidelined her from active competition.

She began serious cycling while she was studying for a PhD in molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry at the University of California in Irvine. After a top-10 finish in the collegiate national championships, Amber decided to cut her doctoral studies short — taking a master’s degree in biology instead — and enter professional cycling.

Amber has won major races all over the world riding with some of the most successful women's cycling teams in the world. Her husband, Jason Neben, is an assistant professor of education at Concordia University Irvine.

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