USACYCLING  • Jamie Williams
JWILLIAMS ODA Athlete Bio
Olympic Development Academy - Mountain Bike

Jamie Williams

D.O.B February 13, 2002
Hometown Mason, Ohio
School Marian University
Residence Mason, Ohio

Meet the Athlete

I first got into cycling in 2017 during my sophomore year in high school after I suffered an injury while running on the cross country team. I was already interested in cycling after watching GCN videos on YouTube and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try out cycling while I recovered from my injury. Not long after, I entered my first race and I was hooked. I spent the remainder of my junior seasons racing for the Lionhearts Junior Racing team in as many cyclocross, road and mountain bike races I could enter. After a season of consistent improvement, I was given the opportunity to race in multiple cyclocross races in Europe through Geoff Proctor’s EuroCrossCamp. Eight riders and I traveled to Belgium during the Kerstperiode, which is a series of elite cyclocross races in Europe, that occur every year around Christmas. We spent a total of two weeks racing, training, and living together. It was my first time racing in Europe and the amount I learned from being a part of a team of athletes, who had similar goals to my own, was unmatched. Not only was this a period of growth, but I had some of the most fun I had ever had with cycling. Since that trip I have been longing to travel and race in a similar team environment. I wanted to continue my cycling career into college and after an extensive search, I committed to Marian University, in Indianapolis, where I am pursuing a dual degree in Biology and Biomedical Engineering. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I devoted all of my newfound time into becoming a student of the sport. I have really enjoyed learning about how I can work to improve all aspects of my training. Whether it was from cleaning up my diet, practicing skills on the bike or changes to my training plan, they have all contributed to reaching the next level in my development. With that being said, my most recent developments have not all been positive. After a month into my first semester at Marian University, I had an accident on the bike and fractured my clavicle into three separate pieces. Thanks to my great teammates and coaches, I was able to get the care I needed and within a week I had surgery, gained a few new pieces of hardware on my clavicle, and was back to riding...sort of. Spending months of my training on the trainer in a sling gave me a new perspective on how lucky I am to be able to spend every day riding my bike and working towards becoming a faster and overall more complete athlete. My passion for mountain biking has also increased over the past couple of seasons. There has not been a day where I didn’t want to go out and ride my mountain bike on the trails. I am aware that the road to where I want to go is long and unpredictable, but I have the will and determination and am very excited for the challenge.

What is your favorite post-ride snack/meal?

Oatmeal with lots of blueberries and strawberries!

Oatmeal with lots of blueberries and strawberries!

What is your favorite movie and/or book and why?

My favorite book is “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins because through the book I have learned how to become mentally tougher.

My favorite book is “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins because through the book I have learned how to become mentally tougher.

What are your pre-race rituals?

I make sure to eat a carb centered breakfast 3-4 hours prior to the start of the race. I also make sure I get an adequate amount of caffeine, water and high glycemic carbohydrates in during my warm up. Finally, I always listen to “Living Life, In The Night” by Cheriimoya before I finish my warm up.

I make sure to eat a carb centered breakfast 3-4 hours prior to the start of the race. I also make sure I get an adequate amount of caffeine, water and high glycemic carbohydrates in during my warm up. Finally, I always listen to “Living Life, In The Night” by Cheriimoya before I finish my warm up.

Points of Interest

J Williams POI1

At the 2019 Cyclocross Nationals I snapped my chain off of the start line, but instead of giving up I ran half a lap to get to the pits and spent the rest of the race passing as many riders as I could. In the end, I only caught half of the field which was not the result I knew I was capable of, but I was still very happy with my result because I gave it everything I had.

In 2019, I raced in a 100 km mountain bike race called the Mohican 100. The previous year I completed the same race although I did not prepare properly and barely finished. I learned from my mistakes, prepared adequately and improved my time by over 2 hours and finished in the top 20 out of 700 riders.

J Williams POI2
J Williams POI3

My first race in Europe was in Loenhout, Belgium and I was surprised with the difference between the racing atmosphere in Europe compared to the United States. The racing was more aggressive and the passion every rider showed inspired me to go much deeper than I have ever gone before.

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