Cycling to Victory

Junior earns a spot in national competition after first place finish

Mila Windell, Staff Writer

Junior Devin Hawk is on his way the USA Cycling National Championships after winning a regional cycling race in Monterey County on Aug. 20.

Hawk placed first in the 15- to 16-year-old category in the 63-mile San Ardo Road Race, going up against the top cyclists in the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association championships.

Winning the race meant that he would go to race in the championships next year in Virginia, which usually takes place at the end of June or early July.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “It helps provide motivation for training.”

The outcome of the race wasn’t so certain when Hawk’s teammate, who was supposed to helped wear out the cycling pack by attacking the hills, suffered a flat tire, forcing the team to adjust their strategy.

“It was scary at the time,” Hawk said, “I put so much work into the competition and to see that it could have gone away so quickly was scary, but I got through it.”

There will be other races between now and June, and Hawk plans to use them to help his San Jose Bicycling Club teammates get into the big race.

Though he has trained for triathlons since he was 10, Hawk has only raced competitively at the start of 2022.

He previously told the Bear Witness that his love for the sport came from just riding around his neighborhood. For him, cycling trips o Santa Cruz or Watsonville are as much about the journey as they are the destination.

“Once you do it and ride around for god knows how long, you eventually want to race” Hawk said. (Courtesy of Devin Hawk)