Athletes

Evan Huffman

Rider Profile

Evan is a big talent that has flown under the radar a bit in recent years. His two years in the WorldTour with Astana followed a breakout 2012 season in which he won several time-trials including the U23 National Championships. He showed his climbing potential towards the end of 2015 with strong performances in the mountains of Colorado and Alberta. In 2016 with Team Optum, he hopes to further realize his potential in the mountains while also getting back to his best in the TTs in order to put together some strong GC performances.

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Q&A


Who inspired you to start cycling?

I did my first cycling race when I was 17 when a friend of mine I raced triathlons with talked me into it.

First bike?

A red and white Ironhorse

What do you love most about cycling?

I like being outdoors and getting to spend time in nature. I also really enjoy the training process, seeing hard work and sacrifice yield results.

 If you weren’t a rider, what would you be?

I really don’t know. I’ve been committed to cycling for my entire adult life so I guess I’ll just cross that bridge when I get to it.

Favorite film:

The Ringer

Favorite music:

For genre I’d say post-hardcore and metalcore. Hard to pick artists I love so many, but if I had to choose a few of my all-time favorites I’d go Silverstein, Emery, and Underoath.

Favorite food:

Mexican

Who makes you laugh the most on Team SmartStop?

Rob Britton. It takes a little while to pick up, but once you get his sarcasm it’s hilarious.

Most famous person you’ve met:

I can’t think of anyone famous I’ve met outside of cycling so I guess Vincenzo Nibali.

Interests away from cycling:

Listening to music (especially live), spending time with friends, and reading

Interesting fact:

I’m extremely neat and organized. One teammate has compared my suitcase to Russian nesting dolls.

Best advice:

Just be yourself and don’t be afraid of what people will think.

 

Career Highlights

  • 1st – Stage 3, 2015 Vuelta Independencia Nacional Republica Dominicana
  • 1st – Mountains Classification, 2015 Vuelta Independencia Nacional Republica Dominicana
  • 5th – Stage 4, 2015 Tour of Alberta
  • 6th – Stage 3, 2015 Tour of the Gila
  • 9th – 2015 U.S. National Championship Time Trial
  • 12th Overall – 2015 Tour of Alberta
  • 6th – Stage 1, 2014 Giro del Trentino (TTT)
  • 6th – Stage 2, 2013 Tour of Qatar (TTT)
  • 7th – Stage 1b, 2013 Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (TTT)
  • 1st – Stage 3, 2012 Tour of the Gila
  • Gold Medal – 2012 U.S. Junior National Championship Time Trial
  • Bronze Medal – 2011 U.S. National Championship Road Race
  • Gold Medal – 2008 U.S Junior National Championship Time Trial
  • 2016 Win Chico Stage Race
  • 2016 Win Northstar Race
  • 2016 Amgen tour of California Kom Jersey
  • 2017 Win tour of Gila
  • Two Stage wins 2017 Amgen Tour of California
  • 2017 Tie for Amgen Kom Jersey