Junior cyclist Zoe Perez (Orange, CA) of Sho-Air TWENTY20 Cycling heads overseas to race scratch, elimination, points, 6-lap dash and Madison in the three events of the Future Stars Track series, a part of the Revolution Series. The Future Stars competition showcases the next generation of track cyclists and provides invaluable experience for some of world’s most promising new talent. One of the USA’s up and coming riders, Perez’s accolades include five national titles at the 2017 USA National Track Championships.
“I am very excited to be racing in the Future Stars events at the Revolution Series. I really enjoy the high-speed intensity of the track, and I think it will be a fun experience. Racing in Europe is always a big opportunity, and the atmosphere is very energetic, ” said Perez. “My main goal for this event is to race hard, and have fun in a field full of strong junior girls.”
The first event will be in London on 25th of November, with the second in Glasgow December 2nd, and last event will be in Manchester in January 2018. All the Future Stars riders will race to gain points for the individual boys and girls competitions with the overall winner being crowned the Future Stars champion.
“The Future Stars event is a great opportunity for Zoe. At just age 15 she is ready for the international experience. She exceeded expectations at junior national track championships scoring 5 gold and 4 silver medals, including 4 championship jerseys. Zoe also scored a silver medal in the time trial at junior national time trial championships. Zoe and teammate Makayla McPhearson also won the 13-14 madison category at Copenhagen MINI 6-dagesløbet last winter and finished 2nd overall, the highest accomplishment by a female duo at the co-ed event. Zoe is also an excellent student and has balanced her cycling and academics well. I am excited about the newly appointed USA Cycling women’s track coach, Gary Sutton, he is very keen to include the high performance junior girls in his program in 2018. With the continued support of her parents, the Sho-Air TWENTY20 program, USA Cycling and the Carson Velodrome coaches, Zoe will be a great all around talent on both road and track as we head towards the 2024 Olympics.” said Nicola Cranmer, General Manager Sho-Air TWENTY20 Cycling.”
“I can’t wait to watch the Pro Women and Men race as well. There are so many incredible professional track and road racers that will be racing at the Revolution Series. I think there will be a lot of entertaining and action-filled racing that I can enjoy and learn from. I’m looking forward to seeing them in action, and hopefully, I can get a picture with them too,” added Perez.
“I’m also looking forward to exploring London. I want to go out there, and just race my bike. The track is something special, and I always have a good time racing. I am also looking forward to meeting and racing all the Junior Girls. The event does consist of different races, so it will be fun to figure out how to race them! There is also going to be a Madison. It’s going to be so exciting to race in a field full of Junior Girls doing Madison.”
Perez is also a decorated road athlete earning a silver medalist in 15-16 category at the national time trial and 6th at the National road race. Perez will join the 2018 Professional team at various stage races during next season.
“I think road and track racing do complement each other in some ways. I feel like the track demands more of the short, high-speed sprints and tactics. While with the road, the races are much longer, so endurance is a big factor. Having a good base compliments both of the disciplines. It’s hard to do high-intensity efforts in track racing without having a big base from the road. The road has definitely helped my track endurance, and the track has helped my road sprinting and tactics,” said Perez of her road and track balance.
Photo by Marcia Seiler