I discovered cycling as a means of cross-training for Nordic ski racing, but it quickly took over as my primary sport. The minute I got in the saddle, I fell in love with the way my bike could take me anywhere. Starting in 2020, I enjoyed this freedom solo: meeting local ranchers, experiencing the changing seasons, and pushing myself to reach higher mileage as I rode by road bike on the “champagne” gravel roads of Routt County, Colorado. Two years ago, I traded my solo adventures for group rides with Steamboat’s adult gravel team and the Colorado League, which introduced me to the invaluable support of the cycling community. My first season racing on an eight-year-old mountain bike prone to mechanicals led to my breakout race at the 2022 state championships: I passed 196 racers from staging to earn the Toyota Slingshot Award! I am excited to join the Avout Racing team to take my racing and riding to the next level, explore the new places that my bike will take me, and prepare for collegiate racing with Middlebury College in the fall.
I am 14 years old and have been biking for as long as I can remember. I started racing 3 years ago with NICA after my older brother joined our local MTB team. I love being on my bike and riding wherever I can. I have raced all over Florida for the last couple of years and have just started to race out of state. This year, I won the Florida State Championship for U18. I love to race and am looking forward to traveling the country, discovering new trails, and seeing where my bike takes me! When I am not racing, I enjoy going to church and am active in my Youth Group. I also love to fish, golf, and wakeboard. I am excited to be a part of the Avout Racing Selects team this year – I hope to make some amazing friends, push myself to be faster and stronger, and bring home some great wins!
I was first introduced to bike racing when I was 9 years old, racing cyclocross in Illinois on a mountain bike. That year, we moved to Salida, Colorado, and I started biking and racing regularly and really enjoyed it! This past year was the first time I raced at a national level. When I am not biking, I am skiing, or surfing at our local surf wave or playing music! I am so excited to be a part of Avout Racing this year.
I am super excited to be joining Avout Racing this year! I have been riding my bike since I was 3 years old, and, in the 6th grade, I joined the local Oregon NICA team. That year there weren't any races because of COVID, but as soon as I was on the trails with my team, I knew that I loved mountain bikes! I have been racing in NICA for 4 years and was able to accomplish my goals for my freshman year. I also started traveling to national races and am looking forward to the second year where I’ll have a better idea of what to expect. During the winter I can be found on the basketball court or finding an adventure outside with my Giant Alaskan Malamute, Loki. I have been playing basketball for 6 years. I am excited to see where this season takes me!
Hi! My name is Cullen Perkey and I am stoked to be a part of the 2024 Avout Selects team! I currently live in Denver, Colorado, but I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My journey as a racer began in 9th grade when I competed in my first season of high school racing through Michigan’s MiSCA cycling organization. I caught the bike bug in a big way, and since then I have been so fortunate to go on some awesome adventures all around the country while racing bikes with some of my best friends. I spend most of my time riding bikes, but when I’m not, you’ll probably find me in a coffee shop drinking espresso, playing my guitar, or jamming out to an obscure Spotify playlist. I am so incredibly grateful to be spending 2024 with Avout Racing and beyond excited to have so many people to learn from and to push me to be the best athlete I am capable of being!
I’ve been on bikes for pretty much my whole life, and racing for about half of it. I have only been taking training seriously for the past couple of years. Outside of bikes, I run track and I’m finding the same love for competition that I developed with biking. In my free time, I play guitar and scream into mics for three different bands. This is my first season with Avout Racing, and I’m stoked to meet the people and to race bikes.