Recently I was asked if I would trade my 12 wins, back to back 35+ California state titles, and capturing the coveted SoCal Cup in exchange for the Masters National Criterium Championship stars and stripes jersey. When first asked, I was stuck and thought it was a great question. After pondering over it for a while, I answered, “No.”
Some may think I am foolish or a little crazy for saying no, but honestly, I take each race one race at a time and no matter where or what race I am doing, the goal is always to win. It doesn’t matter if it’s racing in Ontario or racing in Carson at a CBR race. These two races are put on several times throughout the year, so many people don’t value them as much, but I think that is the wrong approach when it comes to competing. As a sponsored rider, I feel like I owe it to my sponsors and team to always to give my all. They do a lot for me so I refuse to do a disservice to them by not giving 100 percent each time I suit up to race.