JUNIOR FACTORY TEAM

Calder Wood

I first got into cycling by commuting to and from school. I then started racing cyclocross in the winter of 2012 and joined Rad Racing NW the next year. I went on to win the 2014 USAC Cyclocross National Championships which really got the ball rolling. Since then, cycling has taken me to nine countries, three continents, and three world championships, all on Kona frames. I’m stoked to keep the momentum going with Kona for the 2018 season. Off the bike, I’m planning on pursuing a mechanical engineering degree and dabbling in environmental and sustainability sciences.

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DISCIPLINES / RIDING OR RACING FOCUS

XC Mountain Biking & Cyclocross

KONAS IN YOUR QUIVER

2018 Hei Hei Race Supreme, 2017 Honzo CR Trail DL

DATE OF BIRTH

02/13/2000
PERSONAL TOUCHES ON YOUR BIKES

Always have to be repping a Hold Fast sticker on the bike somewhere.

PRE-RIDE RITUALS

I always listen to some rock and roll (Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, The Doors, etc.) to get in the proper mindset during warm up.

FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2017

Getting to experience my first cyclocross world championships in Bieles, Luxembourg. It snowed and then thawed and then froze the night before the junior men’s race and we ended up racing on a circuit covered in snow and black ice. The conditions could not have been more epic or exciting, though the foot-deep ruts and mud at Valkenburg gave it a run for its money. I slipped my pedal on the start line and crashed. If you watch closely you can see me banging my seat straight on the start straight in the race feed, but then fought/slid my way back up to 33rd from dead last. It was a memorable way to kick off 2017.

ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE?

YouTube. You can’t watch A Bigger Slice of British Pie or DVV/Superprestige/WC cyclocross replays on Netflix.

SNEAKERS OR
FLIP-FLOPS / SANDALS?

Neither. Black and white checkered slip-on Vans trump any shoe out there. They’re practically all I’ve worn for the past four years.

WHAT’S WORSE:
LAUNDRY OR DISHES?

Dishes. Laundry is easy, the machine does all the work for you, but I’ve done dishes for about 45 people in Sittard and that’s a lot of scrubbing, even with an industrial dishwasher.

WOULD YOU RATHER BECOME A NINJA OR A PIRATE?

Pirate. Honestly, both of those would be pretty neat, but pirates seem to have more flare and they get to hang out with their crew all the time. The high mortality rate is definitely a downside though.

PHONE CALL OR TEXT?

Phone Call. Communication always gets scrambled in a text message. Five people could interpret “OK” five different ways, it’s chaos.