Jacob Shupe

Major: Law and Society with a focus in Criminal Justice

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

Discipline: Road

How did you start cycling?

I needed a way to get in shape after I stopped playing football. As I began to ride more and more, my uncle helped me in getting a proper bike and from there I fell in love with riding and later racing.

What do you love most about cycling?

The moment of pure clarity that you get from the adrenaline rush standing at the start line of a Crit or a Road Race.

What is your best memory in cycling?

My best memory comes from my first race. It was at Lindsey Wilson, a crit. I didn't know what to expect or what I had gotten myself into. But among the confusion of the bells and the screaming crowd I somehow managed to win my very first race.

What are you short and long-term goals in cycling?

Currently, my main goal and focus is to qualify for Collegiate National Championships this season.

Have you done any races? If so, what was your favorite race?

I am an avid racer. My favorite race that I have done is the Midwest Classic held at Marian University. Last year, when me and three other teammates worked together to control the field allowing me to go for a solo breakaway that lead to a win. It was my favorite race because it shows the true value of teamwork and what can be accomplished.

Who is your favorite pro cyclist?

Mark Cavendish

Anything else you'd like to add?

I have been a competitive athlete for my whole life and played many different sports and there is nothing that compares to the thrills of riding a bike. Even off the race courses the bonds and memories made between your fellow cyclist on a long training day. Those are the things and the days that I will remember for a lifetime even after all the glory of racing has faded.