In the latest Rider Spotlight we catch up with Andrew Morris, who has dreams of racing cross Country World Cups and maybe the Olympics someday. His father, RJ, beams as Andrew’s unfiltered passion for mountain biking spills throughout the room. Last September, Andrew was just 14 years old when he finished 16th in the U23 category at Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox. Now 15, he just won his first National Championship in the Freshman category of USA Cycling’s High School Festival.
With a dad who races as well, it really isn’t surprising that Andrew picked up the bug a few years ago. Based in Fort Collins, he trains with a couple dozen other fast kids within the Ciclismo Racing team. They ride together 3 days each week, with a personalized workout on the other days. Morris is looking forward to more time to fit in his training as he begins his Sophomore year at Rocky Mountain High School taking classes online.
A lover of climbs, Andrew really dug the courses at Pikes Peak APEX that played up this strength. It didn’t hurt he spent time near the pro women’s leaders picking up their strategies. He’s working on descending skills this summer to up his game, and is stoked to better his race finish at the APEX if Colorado League’s high school season schedule allows. Upbeat, bright, and genuine, this junior rider is definitely one to keep your eye on.
Start now! Check out our interview with Andrew and his dad, RJ.