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Ben King

D.O.B March 22, 1989
Hometown Charlottesville, Virginia
Residence Charlottesville, Virginia and Lucca, Italy
Pro Teams Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast (2008); Trek - Livestrong (2009-2010); RadioShack (2011-2013); Garmin Sharp (2014); Team Cannondale - Garmin (2015); Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (2016); Team Dimension Data (2017-2019); NTT Pro Cycling (Present)

Meet the Athlete

Ben King enters his thirteenth year as a professional cyclist. He is a five time USA national champion, U23 Pan American champion. Other victories included two stages of the Vuelta a Espana, and a stage win at the Amgen Tour of California and Criterium International. Ben has competed in all three grand tours including the Tour de France and has been selected to represent the USA in the UCI World Championships on five occasions. He currently races for the South African registered team, NTT Pro Cycling, who’s mission alongside competing at the highest level is to raise money and awareness for the team’s affiliated charity, Qhubeka. Cycling was a family affair for the Kings. Between Ben's Dad, Mark, brother, Jake, and Uncle, Dan, "Team King" had a rider in almost every category of local races. Ben began competing internationally at the age of 17 with Hot Tubes jr Development team and the USA national team. In 2010 Ben signed a world tour contract with team Radioshack and moved to Tuscany, Italy. In 2017 Ben married Jenna Corrado, and the two still base in Tuscany during the racing season. When he is not training or racing Ben enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends, wildlife photography, guitar, hunting, fishing, volunteering, reading, writing, hiking, and cooking.

What is one of the most pivotal experiences you've had that helped get you to where you are today?

There have been so many pivotal moments and supportive people in my career that have enable my success. When I was 12 years old my dad slammed the seat down on his 80's steel frame and took me for my first road ride. I was hooked and never looked back.

There have been so many pivotal moments and supportive people in my career that have enable my success. When I was 12 years old my dad slammed the seat down on his 80's steel frame and took me for my first road ride. I was hooked and never looked back.

Growing up, how did youth sports impact who you are today?

At 5 years old I joined the swim team and swam year round through high school. In high school I also ran cross country and indoor track. But the experience that enabled my progression in cycling came through Hot Tubes Development team and the USA national team where I got my first international racing experience and had the mentorship to overcome setbacks and progress in the sport.

At 5 years old I joined the swim team and swam year round through high school. In high school I also ran cross country and indoor track. But the experience that enabled my progression in cycling came through Hot Tubes Development team and the USA national team where I got my first international racing experience and had the mentorship to overcome setbacks and progress in the sport.

What is your favorite quote or piece of advice to live by?

"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5

"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5

Points of Interest

King Poi 1

Vuelta a Espana 2018

2015 UCI Road World Championships

King Poi 2
King Poi 3

Finishing my first Tour de France

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