T&T Q&A with Coryn Rivera (@CorynRivera)

Coryn Rivera is fast. And we mean FAST. The 22-year-old is known for her sprinting ability. Read her advice on how to look speedy and be speedy, in this week’s T&T Q&A:

2ireYPec[T&T] What is something you wish you knew when you first started cycling?

[Coryn Rivera] When I first started racing, I would have never guessed how much travel is involved for racing and training. I have been all over the US and the world for more than half of my life — from Qatar to Russia, to all over Europe, to every corner of the United States. It’s crazy!

[T&T] Do you have a piece of cycling gear you can’t live without?

[Coryn Rivera] I definitely can’t live without my helmet. The new Smith Overtake helmet that I am training and racing in has new energy reduction technology in its Koroyd material. After having a few crashes and a major concussion, I just can’t imagine swinging my leg over my bike without a helmet on my head.

[T&T] Can you share one tip for amateur riders looking to elevate their game? Any special advice for women in the sport?

[Coryn Rivera] A quick tip for amateur riders to up their game is to always un-clip with your left foot — that way you can’t get Cat 6 chain ring marks on your right leg. For the women, don’t be afraid to ‘show off’ or try your very best or really push your limits. You might surprise yourself.

[T&T] What’s your favorite race of the year?

[Coryn Rivera] The Tulsa Tough — I just love the courses, especially the challenging Cry Baby Hill. The fans are crazy-awesome and supportive. And I always enjoy the city’s coffee shops and restaurants.

[T&T] Who do you most enjoy following on Twitter?

[Coryn Rivera] Alan Garner from the movie The Hangover, @WolfpackAlan, always has some good content on Twitter and always makes me laugh, especially if you’ve seen the movie.

[T&T] What does your nutrition consist of (before, during and after your rides)?

[Coryn Rivera] I usually have a pre-race meal 3 hours before the race. It could be something along the lines of rice and eggs, a sandwich, a bigger bowl of oatmeal with fruits and nuts and honey, or even fried rice. During races or rides, I really enjoy savory rice cakes with bacon and eggs or Ally’s Bars. The consistency of Ally’s Bars is really moist and they’re easy to eat, especially when racing. After rides or races, I like a good Greek yogurt with some crunchy granola and/or some fruit and honey.

[T&T] What sorts of tips or tricks do you have to stay healthy and prevent injury? Do you use any specific mobility tools or cross training techniques?

[Coryn Rivera] I believe that you have to rest/recover your body equally for the amount of stress and training you put yourself through. At least a solid 8 hours of sleep is important. Get a good massage after some tougher races or weeks of racing and nourish your body with good food — you get out of your body what you put in. I like spending 20 minutes on the foam roller while watching TV or something before bed.

[T&T] What’s your all time favorite cycling kit? Why?

[Coryn Rivera] Honestly, every year kits change, but the only kit that stays consistently awesome is the world champion kit. Those rainbow stripes never change, never get old, and in no way can look bad. The legendary rainbow stripes never go out of style and are always well deserved.

Coryn Rivera has earned over 70 US National titles across road, track, and cyclocross, and ten of those were in her debut season with her current team, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. She knows what it takes to make it in the sport, and we appreciate her taking the time to answer our questions. Keep up with Coryn on Twitter by following @CorynRivera

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