Bend’s Adam Craig has traveled the world competing in cross nation mountain biking, together with 2008 Olympics
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — For greater than half of his life, Adam Craig has finished three issues: eat, sleep and trip mountain bikes.
Craig started competing in cross-country mountain biking as a teen in his residence state of Maine. He rose up the ranks on the junior degree, profitable a junior nationwide championship in 1999, which earned him an invite to the Olympic Coaching Middle in Colorado Springs.
“I used to be only a child racing bikes, and I used to be pleased to be doing it,” Craig instructed NewsChannel 21 .
A pair years later, Craig captured his first United States Nationwide Championship. A 12 months later, he turn out to be a full-time skilled rider for Giant Bicycles.
In 2002, Craig moved to Bend, citing town’s milder winters in comparison with Maine and its altitude. That altitude coaching helped propel Adam to a World Cup Finals podium end in 2004, the primary in a decade for an American male.
“That was an honor, and sort of a shock, and established my standing as a aggressive worldwide racer,” Craig stated.
Craig would seize a number of nationwide championships — 18 to be precise — all through his profession. The head of that profession was in back-to-back years in 2007 and 2008, when Craig received two nationwide championships, a Pan-American Video games gold medal and was chosen to symbolize the USA on the Beijing Summer season Video games in ’08.
A prime 10 world raking on the time of the race gave Craig a front-row begin on the Video games, however an important mistake initially noticed him end exterior the highest 20.
“It simply was not my day,” Craig stated. “I sort of made a mistake initially line. I took my front-row place and surrendered it instantly, and it was simply a type of days.”
Craig completed twenty ninth in a area of fifty riders that day. He admits he was an extended shot for a medal and that his end was disappointing, however he didn’t take the consequence as arduous as you may assume.
“With all due respect, I by no means had an actual overarching Olympic dream,” Craig stated. “I simply at all times actually had a love for mountain biking, and a love for competitors, and was actually lucky to be good at it and have the ability to do it as a profession. And the Olympics had been the top of that profession that I’m honored to have participated in.”
Craig would simply miss out on the 2012 Olympics in London, and the next 12 months, he switched mountain biking disciplines, from cross-country to enduro. 4 years after that, Craig retired from worldwide competitors altogether.
“It’s a whole lot of enjoyable to race at that degree week in and week out to your job,” Craig instructed NewsChannel 21.
Craig now works on enhancing path entry for mountain bikers in Oregon and Maine. He is labored with the Central Oregon Path Alliance and the U.S. Forest Service.
“Day-after-day that I get up and I’m concerned on the earth of mountain biking is sort of a dream for me,” Craig stated. “I at all times embraced the fact of touring the world to race my bike, and having a motorbike with me as I traveled around the globe, and with the ability to trip in these stunning locations.”