Castelli Colletivo

Ryan Collins

Annapolis, Maryland | https://ryancwix.wixsite.com/racetothetop

Primary Discipline(s) Road Cycling / Criterium, Adventure Racing
Bucket List RaceRace Across America
Post-Race DrinkHorchata or chocolate milk
Off-Day ActivityRecovery walk with my pets

I am a three time World Record Holder and two time National Champion. Cycling entered my life as I started High School as a means for cross training- it was the same time my father raced in Race Across America which really sparked my interest. I competed locally in the mid Atlantic region earning the title of mid Atlantic time trial champion and top junior racer in 2012. While cycling brought joy and excitement into my life, I found that by partnering with local community organizations and national charities I would be able to fulfil and experience a greater sense of purpose. For the next years I have worked with at-risk youth to introduce them to the world of bikes, how to maintain their own bike and best riding practices. Similarly, partnering as an advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project and Bike MS introduced me to many new athletes fighting their own battles on and off the bike.

2017 was a turning point in my life where I was invited to the Olympic training center to challenge for an Olympic bid. The week before I was to fly out and start my Olympic career, I was hit by a car while out training. Suffering numerous fractures and destroyed bones, my body required reconstructive surgery to regain some semblance of normalcy. My dedication to getting back to the bike motivated me to push my recovery and work towards being able to sit on my bike one more time.

Over time, I was able to regain some mobility and strength to start life with a new normal. However, I was challenged to join a friend in my first endurance cycling race the following year and absolutely loved it. Taking fire to heat that motivation, I pursued training to improve myself and saw everyday as an opportunity to become better. In 2019 I returned to capture the USA 12 HR TT national championship and a podium spot at the World Time Trial Championship (6hr), winning my age group and setting an age group record in the process.

Most recently, with the majority of races on hold, I challenged the race across the state of Maryland and set a new record, beating the previous record by over 2 hours ( new time of 5hrs, 30 minutes). In August I also challenged three World Records and set a new time for the fastest 100 kilometers, 200 kilometers and 6 hour TT records!