Pedaling hard at the Premier Annual Road Cycling Event in Charleston

By Amanda Barber,

This story was originally published by Black By God: The West Virginian on May 20.

Maize Wimbush is the First Black Female Cyclist to Win a U.S. National Championship Title in the Junior Women’s Age 15-16 Road Race

People from all over the country came to Charleston, West Virginia, for the USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships from Tuesday to Sunday. One of the race participants was 17-year-old Maize Wimbush, an American cyclist from White Plains, Maryland, and already a one-time national champion. 

The race featured professional men and women cyclists as well as up-and-coming racers in the 17-18 and 19-22 age groups. The Individual Time Trial (ITT), Criterium (CRIT) and Road Race (RR) routes went through various Charleston locations such as Downtown, the East End, Kanawha Boulevard, South Hills, the West Side and Greenbrier Street. 

Wimbush competed for Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 Junior DEVO in all three women’s junior race disciplines on Tuesday. She placed 13th in ITT, 10th in CRIT and 24th in RR. To view the results of additional event participants or other information such as rankings, times and points, visit USA Cycling’s website

According to CyclingNews, Wimbush was the junior women’s champion for ages 15-16 in the 2021 U.S. National Championships. She is the first Black woman to do so in that age group. Starting at just five years old, Wimbush desired to ride bicycles after seeing her father do so often with his friends. Her dad surprised her with her first road bike on her seventh birthday, and by age nine, she started racing competitively and won first place in her first-ever event. Wimbush has been “been hooked ever since,” according to an interview with USA Cycling

imbush has been working toward achieving Olympic status and hopes to participate in the Los Angeles games in 2028. The championship in Charleston was USA Cycling’s premier road race this year and will serve as a qualifying event for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2024 and 2028.

For more on Wimbush’s cycling journey, follow her on Instagram (@amaizencyclist) or visit her Linktree

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