Scott is a 22 year old crusher originally from Maryland and currently residing in Brevard, NC. He attended Brevard College for 3 years and graduated in 2019. For the past few years he has been pursuing cycling pretty intensely and traveling around anywhere the wind takes him. I had the pleasure of getting to know him while also attending and racing for Brevard College and he quickly became one of the teammates I looked up to and he took on a mentoring role. There was even a brief stint where I rode a bike of his for about a year until I was able to buy my own proper road bike. All in all, Scott is someone who more folks should know about and I was happy to catch up with him over some bagels.

What does "cycling" look like for you these days?

I guess you could consider me a starving artist of sorts. I'm in between getting a full-on salary however, it is still a full-time commitment. Which makes it difficult to focus on too much else. So I guess, I'm training full-time.

Who are you racing for these days?

I'm on a team called Aevolo Cycling which is a U23 development team but, due to the pandemic, it is now a U24 team. So, I was able to get another contract with them and we are still holding off on doing any events so far this year but I'm hoping there are some things in the works like training camps or races.

What is a development team?

We end up racing a lot of professional road races most of which tend to be a little lower level. That means we aren't racing the Tour de France but still high-caliber races.

What is a "road race"?

Aevolo is more focused on stage racing. So mainly longer events; there are some stage races in the states but, they're mainly over in Europe. This means that we will have to go to Europe to get some racing in. America has a lot more criteriums. Which we end up doing to fill in the gaps between longer races. However, that is more to get some side money and keep sharp between other races.

With the past year being as different as possible what did racing and training look like?

At the beginning of 2020, we were able to get one race in Australia in February. Then, we were able to get a good training camp in California before everything started to break out at the beginning of March. Then a few days before I was supposed to leave to go to Europe, everything started to shut down. Everything was canceled. The only other thing we were able to do as a team was to go to Crested Butte, Colorado with all the COVID precautions and we didn't train as much as we just rode a lot and focused on getting to know each other. I did some other side gigs over the summer to earn some money and didn't train fully but, kept training. I found it difficult to train hard with nothing on the horizon but, I was able to do some local mountain bike races. Those were really fun and is actually how I started cycling. I was able to do a lot of the same races I was able to do when I was 10 years old. That was pretty cool and I just tried to take advantage of the time off. I started surfing but now, I focused back on cycling.

Considering you started in cycling and, more specifically mountain biking, how did you arrive at where you are today?

My dad used to do 24-hour MTB relay races and when I was 5 or 6 years old we would go as a family and he would do the race in a team of 4 and they would alternate laps and we would just hang out. That is where I saw cycling for the first time. Then I started racing mountain bikes from when I was about 10 till I was about 16 then when I was 16 I started racing road. Mainly just as a form of training for mountain biking but once I started it basically took over and I still rode mountain bikes and raced cyclocross through college but, it was never a focus my focus has always been on-road racing since then.

While racing for Brevard College you were often seen as the person that could get on any bike and ride it proficiently, where did that come from?

I feel like I developed a lot of those skills very young. I rode mountain bikes and trials bikes when I was growing up. We built jumps and all the other stuff that kids normally do. From there, I just kept a lot of those skills and fell in love with racing. Going forward the only reason I didn't race mountain bikes outside of my time at Brevard is that I didn't have the time. Every weekend was traveling or resting and getting ready for the next event.

You are also known for being a pretty athletic person, from backflips and long-distance day hikes to surfing. What's up with that and how does that apply to your training?

I think having a well-balanced life. I believe cycling is pretty demanding and takes a lot of time but, if my friends wanted to do a 47-mile hike two days after the Tour of Utah and we did it. Then I raced a crit two days later. My performance was probably a little worse in that race but, I made memories that will last me a lifetime. I think you need to have a lot of balance but, still be able to focus when you need to focus.

Is there anything you discovered in your athletic life that you think other people should know?

Always keep it fun. You may have a training plan but, it needs to stay flexible. Let's say you miss a workout, it's just a workout. People get super anxious or wrapped up in it all. People get nervous that they're gaining too much weight or didn't ride enough. I think the idea here is to not let it take over. Be more easygoing and less rigid with your training schedule. It helps with that balance.

Is there anything you've done in cycling that has  stood out to you?

Collegiate racing was one of the most fun times. I was only able to do it for so long due to only being in school for three years. On top of that, I was only able to collegiate road nationals once which I kinda regret but, it's the most fun place in cycling. Everyone is strong and fast but everyone is just there to have a good time. That's the best place in cycling right now.

On Instagram, you're known to give some shoutouts to various brands that most cyclists wouldn't typically. What inspired that?

I find it funny that cyclists like to drink expensive coffee and post about it. I drink a lot of coffee but I don't care as it strong and black I don't care. I find it a joke to post and tag the big cheap brands. The other one is Crocs which I wear every day so I figure I should post about them. I wore the same wear of Crocs every day for three years and they lasted for that long. I'm just trying to be different.

The other thing worth mentioning is that you've done some incredible feats of endurance while wearing Crocs. Are Crocs the new endurance footwear of choice?

I've hiked the Art Loeb Trail in North Carolina three times in crocs. That trail is 30 miles. I also did a hike on the AT from Pennsylvania through Maryland, West Virginia, and into Virginia and that was 47.5 miles and we did it in 23 hours. We started at like 3 am and finished at 2 am the next morning. That was with a couple of my friends from high school.

Why Crocs?

I think I just got a pair of Crocs for Christmas. I don't know why more people aren't wearing these shoes because they last a long time, they're easy to put on and comfortable. I had hiking-specific Crocs which had adjustable straps and more tread on the bottom.

What piece of gear has made the biggest difference for you?

Honestly, for traveling and sleeping in all the weird places I do I think a good set of earplugs and an eye mask make s a big difference. You can sleep just about anywhere. It puts you in your own space. I probably sleep in fifty different places a year so sleep is important when trying to perform your best.

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