Connor Brown’s Profile
Connor Brown was born in Overland Park, KS on the 9th of November 1996. He has always had a gift for cycling, riding with his dad from the moment he could turn a peddle over.
Connor is known for being able to turn it on and go deep while racing and finishing his junior cycling career as the #1 ranked Junior Category 1 Criterium Racer in the country and continues to prove his status as one of the most aggressive riders in the peloton as a Professional and U-23 racer.
Having experienced success racing his bike almost from the very beginning Connor joined Bike America Racing Team in 2012. During the 2012 season Connor made his first big impact on the Tulsa Tough at the age of 15, winning the infamous “Cry-Baby Hill” stage with a daring all or nothing move almost from the moment they started the race.
Following a successful year on the road Connor was invited to travel overseas as part of the U.S. National Team spending 5 weeks racing the biggest races in Europe. His travels where well rewarded with several top 10 finishes, top 5 finishes and reaching the podium in Belgium and being part of the Nations Cup races where his team won the General Classification at both races he participated in.
As Connor entered the 2015 season, he found himself starting college a semester earlier than he was scheduled and racing collegiately for Lindenwood University. That move turned out to be another winner for Connor as he road away with the National Collegiate Road Race Championship as well as the Overall “Collegiate National Omnium Championship”.
At the age of 18 Connor finished 14 times on the podium in 2015 representing Gateway Harley Davidson U-23 team and winning 4 times in the Pro/1 category. His success was rewarded with a Professional contract with the Elevate Professional Cycling Team at the age of 18.
Connor had several goals going into the 2015 season. The first was to win the Collegiate National Championship. The second was to win 3 or more races in the Pro/1 category. The third goal was to win a Best Young Rider Jersey in the Pro/1 category for a NRC/USA Crit calendar race and the last one was to sign a pro contract before he turned 19. By October of 2015 Connor accomplished every single goal he set!
As he entered the 2016 racing season at the age of 19, Connor represented Elevate Professional Cycling Team, and his collegiate team Lindenwood University.
Connor Brown finished the 2016 season with a 5th place in General Classification at the Cascade Classic and won the Best Young Rider Classification.
Connor has of course once again set some pretty lofty goals for 2017. He has put early races such as Chico, San Dimas, and Redlands on his calendar as races he wants to be at the top of his game for. So sit tight and enjoy the ride, because if hard work, perseverance and history have anything to say about his upcoming year, then you can bet your going to see a lot more podiums and championships to follow.
Lastly, one of the great things about Connor is he does everything at 100%. There is no slacking with this young man! From straight A’s in school, to being totally focused on what he eats, how he sleeps and being almost crazy methodical when it comes to training, perhaps this is exactly why his motto is; “train like you race and race even harder than you thought you could?”