Meet The Riders And Their Rides-Christopher Blevins and His Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail
MBA: Where did you grow up?
Blevins: Durango, Colorado
MBA: What kind of work do your father and mother do?
Blevins: My mom was a nurse up until she had me and my sister, and now she teaches pilates classes. My dad just retired as an orthopedic surgeon, and now he’s got more time for riding as well.
MBA: When did you start riding bikes?
Blevins: My first time without training wheels was 3 years old. I remember it pretty clearly. It was on my friend’s driveway, and my mom started yelling with joy when she saw me rolling on my own.
MBA: When did you first start competing in events on a bike, and what kind of bike was it?
Blevins: My first BMX race was right after my 5th birthday. I was hooked right away.
MBA: How long did you do that, and what made you switch to mountain bikes?
Blevins: For years I was really serious about BMX. When I started mountain biking at age 10, it began the slow transition over to road and mountain. My last BMX National Championship was when I was 16, but by then I was almost completely focused on road and mountain.
MBA: What were your best competition results on non-mountain bikes?
Blevins: I won the national age-group title for BMX 9 times growing up. My best result on the road is a stage win in the Tour of Gila, and I won U23 Cross [Cyclocross] Nationals in 2017.
MBA: When did you start competing on mountain bikes?
Blevins: I think I started with some local races in Durango, but the first race I remember on the mountain bike was nationals at age 10 in Vermont. I can’t believe we made the trip all the way out there for that one!
MBA: How did you do in your first event?
Blevins: I won, although there were only a couple other little guys in my nationals category.
Blevins rails a corner earlier this year at Vail Lake, California.
MBA: What have been your best national and international results?
Blevins: I won Sea Otter in 2019 on this bike! And then for sure, my silver medal at the U23 World Champs last year was my best race to date.
MBA: What titles have you won (or come close to winning)?
Blevins: I won the National Cross-Country Championship as a kiddo from ages 12 to 19. I also won the Elite Short Track National Championship in 2018.
MBA: Are you going to college?
Blevins: I’m three years in at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I’m a business administration major, concentrating in entrepreneurship and minoring in sociology.
MBA: Do you have any other kind of career training?
Blevins: I’ve done some work volunteering for an organization called Restorative Partners in San Luis Obispo. Every week when I’m in SLO, I go to the juvenile hall and hang out with the kids. Sometimes we do a creative writing program. Sometimes we just play cards. It’s given me some experience in social work and opened my eyes to what’s important in the criminal justice system.
MBA: Did you earn any awards in sports or academics while in school?
Blevins: The proudest non-sports-related award I’ve received was first at my high school poetry slam in 2016. I’ve made the dean’s list at Cal Poly a few times.
MBA: What other sports do you like to do now?
Blevins: I am a huge basketball fan. I played JV for the first two years of high school, and I love dropping in for pick-up games at school. I also grew up playing soccer and competing in freestyle skiing.
MBA: Can you tell us something interesting or unusual about yourself or your family that is not widely known?
Blevins: My passion for bikes is probably surpassed by my love for music and poetry. I released a little EP a couple of years ago, and I’m excited to write more in the future. If you want to check it out, go to MileMarkersProject.com.
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