Age : 22
Major : Mechanical Engineering
Place I call home : Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico / El Paso, TX
Top 3 results
5th – Sprint, 2010 USA Cycling Junior Track Nationals, Trexlertown, Pa. (Jr. 17-18)
5th – Sprint, 2010 Mexican Cycling National Olympics at Guadalajara, Jalisco (Jr. 17-18)
3rd – Individual TT, 2009 Mexican Cycling National Championships at Chihuahua, Chih. (Jr. 17-18)
What got you started in cycling?
My dad started me in recreational cycling when I was 5 by doing mountan bike rides once a month in trails near Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mx. Later down the road a friend of my dad’s son, Jessel Valenzuela (professional rider in Mexico at that time) introduced me and my brother, Fidel Goytia, to competitive cycling. I started training with a bike that was given to me by Jessel and by the age of 13 I started racing.
Why do I ride?
That’s an interesting question, there are so many reasons for why I ride, but here are a couple of good ones. I love that I can go out riding and forget about everything else. I can clear up my mind and enjoy the time while doing so. Also cycling is the sport that has taken me to places and gotten me to meet great people, and not every sport can do that for you.
If you could race any race, which would it be and why?
If I could do any race perhaps one of the classics like Paris-Rubaix, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Nice or any of the cobbled events would be the one event I would love to do. And why? I just think they are the most challenging events in the pro ranks and require the most out of the rider to perform well.
What are your goals for next season?
I am not really sure about next season. For a few different reasons I paused my racing career after the summer of 2013 and the team has not stopped being supportive so for now my main goal is just to get back in shape and help the team however I can in the few races I will be attending.
What is your five year goal?
My main goal for five years from now is to have my degree on mechanical engineering and perhaps an M.D. on business administration. I don’t have a set job in mind but I know this would prepare me well for any engineering or business related job opportunity that could come up.
Who do you look up to?
I’ve always looked up to my parents since I am who I am in every aspect thanks to them. But the other main person that I look up to is my one and only brother, Fidel. He is an MSU Cycling alumni that is now pursuing an M.S. in acupuncture and that has set great standards throughout the years.
What has cycling taught you?
The legendary Greg LeMond sums up my thoughts about cycling with one of his famous quotes,
“I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it’s not going to be satisfying.”
What is the most difficult thing about being a cyclist and student?
It can’t be put in better words than what our coach, Charlie Zamastil, always tell us “you are student athletes, not athlete students.” School is our priority and cycling comes second in this case. We are required to excel in school and that can take a lot of time. Once you do so then you can figure out a schedule to put rides in and do your workouts.
What do you plan to do after school?
I have no set plans after I finish with undergrad and grad school. I am up for adventures and opportunities, so whatever comes with time I’ll take on it and see what happens from there.
What would you say to other up and coming athletes who are interested in cycling, some advice?
Sacrifice and perseverance are the key for everything. You need to be willing to give up things in order to see progress in whatever it is that you are trying to do. Progress doesn’t come easy, it can take days, weeks or months and in order to see results in the long run you have to keep your mind strong and know why you are at that point in the first place. With these two things you will be able to achieve anything that you set your head.