USACYCLING  • Kyle Johnson
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Olympic Development Academy - Cyclocross

Kyle Johnson

D.O.B September 14, 2003
Hometown Albuquerque, New Mexico
Residence Albuquerque, New Mexico

Meet the Athlete

My name is Kyle Johnson, I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I got into cycling around the age of five, I cut my teeth at the local BMX track for a few years until I got into road racing around the age of 8. After a year or so of racing on the road, I learned about cyclocross from the local junior racing team and gave it a try. I was hooked from the moment the start whistle blew, I had a good first season on my local scene and went to my first Nationals in Madison, Wisconsin in 2013. After my first Nationals, we learned a lot and I continued to grow to get on my first National podium in Austin, Texas in 2015. After a few hard years deciding where I wanted to focus my racing I finally came back to cyclocross and remembered my roots. In 2019, I had my break-out season as a first-year UCI Junior. I had a good season scoring a couple of UCI wins, some good showings in Belgium, and a newfound confidence. I continue to carry that confidence into my first year as an Under 23 and I'm excited for what the future holds.

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

Racing overseas was a pivotal moment in my career. It changed the way I raced a lot, I learned to be much more aggressive and learned how to protect my position and open gaps in ways I hadn't been able to before.

Racing overseas was a pivotal moment in my career. It changed the way I raced a lot, I learned to be much more aggressive and learned how to protect my position and open gaps in ways I hadn't been able to before.

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

Growing up cycling gave me my own sense of freedom and allowed me to mature into a well-rounded individual. I gained better speaking skills, learned goal setting, learned how to work hard, and see the results of hard work, it taught me how to handle losses and grow from them. Cycling has taught me valuable life skills that I will carry on beyond cycling in the future.

Growing up cycling gave me my own sense of freedom and allowed me to mature into a well-rounded individual. I gained better speaking skills, learned goal setting, learned how to work hard, and see the results of hard work, it taught me how to handle losses and grow from them. Cycling has taught me valuable life skills that I will carry on beyond cycling in the future.

What are your pre-race rituals?

My biggest pre-race ritual has become getting on the trainer for my warm-up. Warming up is physically important but, it also gives me the chance to get ready to race and get in the mindset to race.

My biggest pre-race ritual has become getting on the trainer for my warm-up. Warming up is physically important but, it also gives me the chance to get ready to race and get in the mindset to race.

Points of Interest

K Johnson POI1

Grabbing my first UCI wins in Texas in 2019

Riding to 13th at a C1 in Wachtebeke, Belgium in 2019

K Johnson POI2
K Johnson POI3

Getting my first top 5 in a UCI race in Rochester, NY in 2019

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