All the way from New Zealand, today we get to know the story of Corbin Strong. The future Academy talent took up cycling following the footsteps of his father and his older brother. Just one week after he had the required age to train in his local track, he was in the velodrome cycling as fast as he could. Get to know Corbin Strong, a name that you will hear repeatedly in the coming years.
How and when did you start cycling?
I started Cycling in 2010 when I was 10 years old. My father and older brother were already cyclists. I remember watching and following their races, which really inspired me to start taking up the sport. At my local Velodrome, you have to be 10 years old to start lessons so the week after my 10th Birthday I started riding in the track and not long after I raced my first road race. I have loved bike racing ever since.
Which were the clubs/teams you were part of before joining the Academy?
I grew up racing for Cycling Southland. In my U19 years, I was privileged to race for Team Skoda Fruzio, a New Zealand U19/U23 trade team, and there gained great experience and exposure racing over Australia and New Zealand. For the 2019 season, as a first-year U23 rider I signed with Saint George Continental Cycling Team, an Australian UCI continental squad that races mainly in the Asian UCI circuit, and Oceania. I had a great season with them racing in multiple 2.1 and 2.2 stage races, developing and learning heaps with the team. I have also raced on the track and road with Cycling New Zealand over the last 4 years.
What are the most valuable lessons that you have learned from those days?
Teamwork wins races. Cycling is very much a team sport, having a tight team culture I value highly. Being passionate and enjoying the sport is most important for me. I love bike racing and feel privileged to race my bike over the world.