I started cycling several years ago as a way to stay fit during my racing season. As things progressed, and I started riding more, I decided to give a local race in Dallas a try. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, so I just rode hard and eventually ended up the road with a semi-professional triathlete. I was able to get the better of him in the end and won my first bike race. That started my quest of bicycle racing for fun. Since then, I’ve been able to race during my down time and have accumulated enough points to get my USAC category 2 license. Although motorcycles are still #1, I love riding my bike and have a deep passion for the sport. I’d like to continue racing with my team and see if I can get my Category 1 license in the future.
I started cycling much later than most in the sport. After graduating from the University of Texas and spending a few years in the corporate world, I purchased my first road bike at the age of 25. My intention was to ride for exercise, but after a few months I found myself in my first road race. I fell in love with the sport after that first race. In 2013, I started to get serious about racing and decided to go part-time at my job to allow more time to train and travel for racing. At the end of 2013, I signed with Elbowz Racing, and I’m now in my 3rd year with the team.
I learned to ride my bike when I was 4, and started to race a year after!
My best memory happened when my dad took me for a ride on his bike… I was sitting on his bike’s top tube, my feet on the fork, and my hands gripping the handlebars as tight as I could. It was a beautiful scene and the breeze on my face gave me the hint that cycling would be more than a sport for me.
I began racing Mountain Bikes, to then win the Mexican MTB National Championships in 2006 and 2007.
Then, at the age of 18, I decided to focus on the road. As a junior I went to Europe, racing 2 seasons with BALEN BC in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Austria.
After returning, I got a cycling scholarship in the USA at Midwestern State University in Texas. After a couple years racing for MSU, and DNA Racing, I signed with Elbowz Racing in 2013.
From this point forward, I acquired more experience by racing/training abroad. I feel lucky to have the opportunity for traveling while doing what I love, to places like Australia, Europe, Colombia, Canada, the US, and of course “Mi México”.
I’m looking forward to a great season with my Elbroz.
I remember one of the first bike races I ever did was the State Road Race Championships in 2010, I think, and I decided to go for the win about a mile from the line. Upon finishing, winning and crossing the line I couldn’t help,
but yell “F#%@ Yeah” in excitement. This was a big deal to me. I had only done a handful of races in my first year.
Soon after I was called to officials tent where I was told that I was being “relegated to 6th place” for my
exclamation. I pleaded my case of ignorance and naivity to the sport, but there
was no use. I had lost the first jersey I ever won as soon as I crossed the line.Since then a lot has changed, but I still can’t seem to shake that story from people’s memories.
Maybe I shouldn’t… it’s just too funny.
I am now beginning my 6th year of racing bicycles and each year I continue to further my discipline
on the bike along with setting the bar higher for success. Though, it’s hard to forget what got me riding a bike
in the first place, simply getting from point A to point B. Whether it be going back and forth to school, work,
across the country or even frustration to peace of mind; riding a bike is all about fun. It’s an amazing
way to get around in life while still being able to take in the scenery.
Most recently coming from Elevate Pro cycling, Colton has raced with Mercy Elite Cycling and Think Finance. He began racing 8 years ago and lives in Austin, TX with his wife Kelly, newborn son, Silas, and Australian Cattle Dog, Shiner. In his past time he enjoys hiking with his family and having a beer with friends.
Stefan was born and grew up in Dresden, Germany, where he started road and track cycling in 1992 as a 11-year old after watching the cycling events of the Barcelona Summer Olympics that year. Under the guidance of his former coaches, Stefan developed quickly into a solid road racer. As a Junior rider he competed in multiple Junior World Cup races around Europe. Once in the U23 category, he got to experience the Dutch and Belgian cobbles, climbed the mountains in the Austrian and Switzer Alps, and visited exotic places like Bulgaria, Dominican Republic and Tunesia to compete in various UCI races.After a year of studying Sports Science and Latin America Studies at the University of Bielefeld, Stefan accepted a cycling scholarship from Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, TX, in order to continue his education and race on the collegiate level. Just two years later, in 2005, he received a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. He is currently attending Graduate School at MSU and expecting to graduate in May 2016 with a Masters of Education in Sport Administration.
Stefan brings a lot of international race experience with him, having competed in more than 15 countries on 4 continents around the world including UCI races in China, Malaysia, Ireland, North Africa, Central America and others. He has won multiple one-day and stage races in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Utah. A two-time Texas State Time Trial Champion, he excels at time trialing and hard road races. In 2006 he finished 5th at the Collegiate Cycling World Champoionships in Belgium and won the Most Aggresive Rider Jersey at the Vuelta a El Salavdor (UCI 2.2), respectively. In 2013, he won his first US Elite National Championship in the Team Pursuit (Track) in Los Angeles, CA.
In 2015 he scored his biggest win since arriving in the US by winning the Stage 2 of the North Star Grand Prix – a National Race Calendar (NRC) stage race in Minnesota. And in May 2016 he won the USA Cycling Division 1 National Collegiate Championships Road Race in Marshall, North Carolina!
Most recently Stefan graduated in 2016 with a Masters of Education in Sport Administration from Midwestern State University.