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Amos commits to Trek Factory Racing team

Durango local looking to build on a sixth-place finish in the U23 World Cup
Riley Amos competes in the men’s A category finale of the Ska/Zia Town Series in November. Amos recently joined the Trek Factory Racing team full time. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

Riley Amos is now a full-fledged member of the Trek Factory Racing team.

During a breakout season in the U23 World Cup this last year, Amos was a joint member of the Bear Development National Team and TFR.

In 2022, he will become one of the newest full-fledged members of TFR.

After placing fifth and second in his first two starts on the U23 World Cup, Amos beat the field to win in Leogang.

“After that race, I was definitely in disbelief. It had not sunk in at all. It was like, ‘Well, I just won a World Cup,’ and not much more than that,” Amos told TFR. “But now the fact that I had some bad mechanical luck and not-perfect legs at the World Champs and the rest of the season, realizing how fast and how easy it is to go from a winner to a top 10 rider, that’s when I really realized the significance of that win.”

Amos was part of the relay team that finished second at the World Championships in Val Di Sole, Italy, and he won the U23 U.S. championship in Winter Park last year, earning the right to wear stars and stripes next year. In the final U23 World Cup standings, Amos finished sixth.

Before that, Amos, 19, won a state mountain bike title for Animas High School. Now, he’ll race full time.

“This sport is very long, and your peak is very far out, so I need to take everything with a deep breath and a grain of salt, because I think that’s how that first World Cup win happened,” Amos said. “I just feel like I’m in such an incredible position at a young age, and I’m just looking forward to being an incredible World Cup athlete and hopefully creating some really awesome memories and races.”

Amos’ full interview with TFR is available at https://bit.ly/3DXfNYl.