Erica Clevenger

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  - Winston Churchill

D.O.B.: May 1st, 1994

Birth city and state: Northridge, CA

Current City: Tucson, AZ

Height: 5’4

Specialty: All-rounder

Previous sports: Triathlon, Tennis, Gymnastics

Years racing: 2

Colleges attended: The University of Arizona

Degree: B.S. Chemical Engineering

Although she grew up in Southern California, Erica now considers Tucson, Arizona, her home. It was there that she picked up triathlon and later cycling while attending the University of Arizona. Triathlon was a welcome relief from a demanding school and work load. Erica found that she had an aptitude for cycling and a love for the endurance sport community. 

After competing in and winning her first half Ironman in 2015 and winning Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in 2016, she looked toward a new challenge in the form of road racing in 2017. Before long, she caught the attention of the Visit Dallas DNA Cycling team and was offered a mid-season position on the team in May of 2017. It was the support from the DNA team that propelled her toward a position with TWENTY20 for the upcoming 2018 season.

Off the bike Erica wishes to expand upon her knowledge of water treatment in graduate school. She hopes to eventually own her own environmental consulting business and help alleviate water stress around the world. Erica attributes her success in athletics and academics to the support of her friends, family, boyfriend and cat.

Career Highlights

  • 2017 Collegiate Cycling Road Race National Champion
  • 2017 USA CRITS Series Best Young Rider
  • 2017 John Sterner Scholarship Recipient (USA Cycling)
  • 2016 Collegiate Triathlon National Champion

What inspired you to become a bike racer?

Growing up I’d always wanted to play a team sport. The strategy and team dynamics involved in bike racing are what first interested me but the fierce competition, the badass ladies on top of the podium are who really drive me.

Who is an inspiration to you in your life, both on and off the bike?

I draw inspiration from all of my friends and family. I actively choose to surround myself with people who make me want to be a better person.

Favorite meal when training?

I like to chow down on a soup and salad buffet at Souplantation after a big ride.

The best thing about being a bike racer is?

Getting to share awesome experiences with really incredible people.

What is your biggest accomplishment on the bike?

Winning the road race at collegiate cycling nationals was a pretty cool experience. I had some really great competition and I was really proud of what I was able to accomplish last season given the stress that I was under in finishing my degree.

Favorite place you’ve raced your bike and why?

Tucson, Arizona. There is nothing better than going to a race and seeing a bunch of familiar faces. The best races in Tucson are the smaller early season ones; I like jumping in with the men sometimes and lately the Homestretch Foundation has brought more strong women onto the scene. The weather is always beautiful and I love the desert in the winter.

Favorite cross training or off season activity?

Trail running is my favorite; especially the gnarly technical stuff. My triathlon teammates dubbed me “off-road Erica.”

Best tip for a new bike racer?

Don’t take yourself too seriously but do have some long-term goals and don’t be afraid to adjust them.

What are one or two things that you do daily that are the key to your success?

I sleep when I’m tired and eat when I’m hungry.

If you weren’t bike racing what would you be?

If I weren’t bike racing I would be a triathlete and/or a slightly better student.

If you could spend 10 days anywhere, where would it be?

I’d spend it at home with my family. People talk a lot about the sacrifices that it takes to reach your goals. I used to think that meant giving up Netflix and going to parties which was pretty easy for me. What is less obvious is not getting a lot of quality time with the people you love.

Favorite things to do off the bike:

  1. Barbeque with my friends John Mark and Cara and their two little boys
  2. Watch movies
  3. Play tennis
  4. Drink wine
  5. Have a coffee and an empanada at El Mercado

Top 5 warmup/pre-race songs on your iPod:

A few favorites in no particular order:

  1. Gold on the Ceiling- The Black Keys
  2. You’re Gonna Go Far Kid- The Offspring
  3. Jungle- XAmbassadors & Jamie N. Commons
  4. Lose yourself-Eminem
  5. Can’t Hold Us- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Favorite things to eat.

  1. Pizza
  2. Greek yogurt with blueberries and granola
  3. Stir fry
  4. Breakfast burritos

Tell us something about yourself that people may not know 

I really love singing. I sing all the time when no one is listening, especially on road trips. There are very few people I am comfortable enough to sing around because I get embarrassed. If I’ve sung around you then I consider you a close friend!

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