Coryn Rivera blog: 72 US national championship titles, and counting

Coryn Rivera blog: 72 US national championship titles, and counting


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Coryn RIvera (Sunweb)

Coryn RIvera (Sunweb) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Coryn Rivera is interviewed on stage

Coryn Rivera is interviewed on stage (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Sunweb team lift up American champion Coryn Rivera

Sunweb team lift up American champion Coryn Rivera (Image credit: Team Sunweb)
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Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) in the red sprint jersey after stage 4 at OVO Energy Women's Tour

Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) in the red sprint jersey after stage 4 at OVO Energy Women’s Tour (Image credit: Getty Images)

When I step back to think about the fact that I have won 72 US National titles in my career, I recall memories at my very first National Championship in 2004 in Park City, Utah. I was 11 years old, racing age 12. I had just started racing with a licence that year after winning the Redlands Classic kids race for the second year in a row. My family and I were traveling all over Southern California racing almost every weekend chasing the local races. My first year racing US Nationals in Park City I won the ITT and road race and got 2nd in the criterium, it was my goal the next year to win the criterium and improve on my silver medal. In 2005, I went up an age group to 13-14 and accomplished my goal of winning the criterium and also defended my ITT title but then flipped the events and placed 2nd in the road race. I went on in 2006 to continue to improve and challenge myself and win all 3 road titles in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

It turned into a summer family affair, travelling in the motorhome that my younger sister and I had enjoyed since we were babies visiting National Parks like Yosemite and Mount Rushmore. From taking the jet-skis out to Castaic, Perris, or Elsinore Lake in the summers to snowboarding Mammoth, Snowbird, or Big Bear in the winters using our family motorhome multiple times a year was a normal activity for the Rivera family to have fun and enjoy the outdoors together. When racing came into the fold, it also became a norm to travel together to the different national championships around the country chasing the title one jersey at a time.



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