Ben King

Race Highlights

2x stages La Vuelta ciclista a España
Stage win Amgen Tour of California
Stage win Critérium International

Ben King is one of the biggest names in US cycling over the past decade and one of only 10 US cyclists to have won a stage in La Vuelta (Ben’s won two, both in 2018).

In this questionnaire, we learned that, if he’s ever stranded on a desert island, the one thing Ben won’t be dropping is the ability to – ahem – drop a line. (This is a terrible joke, but you won’t know just how bad until you read the Q&A.)

He also reminds us of how he animated one of our favorite editions of Worlds, pours one out for one of the US’s lost WorldTour races, gives what may be the perfect five words to describe a dream ride, and reveals his childhood ambition of becoming a herpetologist – which may not be what you think it is.

Q: How did you get started in the sport?

A: My dad used to race. 

Q: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

A: “Cycling won’t take you anywhere. You should aim for a scholarship for running.”

Q: What’s your favorite book and why?  

A: Unbroken. It’s an amazing story of athleticism, survival, perseverance, faith, and forgiveness. 

I’ve used First Endurance for the majority of my career and it’s been part of many of my career highlights and the preparation to get there!

 

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Q&A


Q: What has First Endurance helped you accomplish or overcome? 

A: I’ve used First Endurance for the majority of my career and it’s been part of many of my career highlights and the preparation to get there!

Q: What’s your favorite First Endurance product (and flavor) and why?

A: Ultragen Vanilla. In the summer I fill a water bottle with blackberries at the end of my rides and blend them with ice and Vanilla Ultragen. 

Q: What’s your favorite race to ride and/or to watch?

A: Tour of California. RIP.

Q: What’s the most embarrassing music you listen to?  

A: I have an eclectic taste and I’m not ashamed! 

Q: What was the first concert you ever went to and who were you with?  

A: I don’t remember the first, but the last was Free Union, my friend’s band. They played at a charity bike event that my wife and I promoted.

Q: What’s your favorite place in the world (and why)?  

A: Charlottesville, Virginia. Mountains, scenery, four seasons, and every outdoor activity that I love. 

Q: Do you have any special pre-race rituals? 

A: Coffee.

Q: What sport are you the worst at? 

A: Baseball.

Q: What’s your favorite book and why?  

A: Unbroken. It’s an amazing story of athleticism, survival, perseverance, faith, and forgiveness. 

Q: What’s your favorite movie and why? 

A: Denzel Washington. Anything he’s in. 

Q: How did you get started in the sport?

A: My dad used to race. 

Q: What do you love most about the sport?

A: Freedom. Self discovery through adventure, suffering, and exploration. 

Q: Who’s your favorite professional athlete and why?

A: My favorite athletes are my favorite people. 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your racing career?

A: Either the 2018 Vuelta or getting in the breakaway at the world championships in Richmond, where I was born.

Q: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

A: “Cycling won’t take you anywhere. You should aim for a scholarship for running.”

Q: If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

A: A cell phone. A fishing pole. 

Q: If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

A: Flying. 

Q: What’s the first thing you’d do if you won $50 million in the lottery?

A: Buy land. 

Q: What word do you hate?

A: Hate. 

Q: What’s your favorite website?

A: Cyclingnews 

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: A herpetologist.

Q: Have you ever been fired? If so, what did you do?

A: No.

Q: Describe your first bike.

A: Gary Fisher Tassajara mountain bike. 

Q: Describe the perfect ride in five words.

A: 70 degrees, mountains, and nature.

Q: In the absence of sponsor requirements, what is the correct sock height and color?

A: There is no right answer. Whatever you feel like.  

Q: What do you want to do after your racing career?

A: I have a lot of hobbies and no way to monetize any of them!