Gavin Mannion

Race Highlights

2018 Colorado Classic 1st Overall
2018 Tour of the Gila 2nd Overall

Gavin loves cycling, and in this Q&A (which is a binding document), he’s committed to using any future superpowers, immense wealth, or post-racing career ambitions to support the sport.

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

Bring a big professional stage race back to the US.

Who’s your favorite rider ever and why?

Valverde. I’ve been watching him since I was a child and he’s still at the pinnacle of the sport after over 20 years of professional racing. He just loves the sport and has so much skill and class. 

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?

Espresso machine and my bike. 

I always dreamed of being a pro cyclist. 

 

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Q&A


What has First Endurance helped you accomplish or overcome?

First Endurance has helped me be more consistent and stronger each and every day. The on-the-bike products make sure I’m always hydrated and fueled while Ultragen does an incredible job of kick-starting the recovery process. 

 

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

Cappuccino Ultragen because it’s delicious and helps me recover for the next day’s race or training.

 

What’s your favorite race to ride or watch?

The World Championship is always a special race to take part in or watch. I’ve been lucky enough to do a few as a U23 and Junior. 

 

What race result are you the most proud of and why?

Winning the Colorado Classic in 2018. I put a ton of work into it with altitude camps and recon of the stages. After a rough Tour of Utah the week before, it was awesome to bounce back and win a race like that. My parents were also there at the finish which is a rare occasion with all the international racing we do.

 

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

Top of a mountain on a bike of any kind on a sunny day. 

 

Do you have any special pre-race rituals?

I have a few select playlists I listen to on race day. 

 

What sport are you the worst at?

Golf. Definitely golf.

 

But I want to improve. 

 

What’s your favorite book and why? 

That’s a tough one. Favorite recent book was Greenlights by Matthew McCounaghey. It was an awesome and inspiring read. He has a really unique view of the world and some interesting life experiences.

 

How did you get started in the sport?

My dad was always racing on the weekends in New England when I was a kid. I basically grew up at bike races. As soon as I was old enough to race, I did. 

 

What do you love most about the sport?

It’s one of the few sports that rewards hard work over talent. I think I enjoy the dedication it takes to race at a high level consistently. 

 

Who’s your favorite rider ever and why?

Valverde. I’ve been watching him since I was a child and he’s still at the pinnacle of the sport after over 20 years of professional racing. He just loves the sport and has so much skill and class. 

 

Describe the perfect ride in five words.

Mountains, sun, coffee, and pastries.

 

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?

Espresso machine and my bike. 

 

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

Flying. Travel days would be a lot nicer!

 

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

Bring a big professional stage race back to the US.

 

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

I always dreamed of being a pro cyclist. 

 

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

No, but I did quit the one job I ever had that didn’t involve cycling. I was a grocery bagger when I was 15. I upgraded to a Cat 3 and was making way more money racing crits on the weekend than I was at the grocery store. 

 

What’s your favorite word?

“No.”

 

Kidding. But according to my parents, it was my most used word when I was growing up. 

 

What’s your least-favorite word?

Fail.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Be all in until you’re not, in regards to a cycling career. It’s not worth not giving it your all if you have the opportunity to pursue your passion.

 

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

Tall and white.

 

What do you want to do after your racing career?

I’d love to continue coaching and expand to a more full-time job. Especially helping the next generation of pro cyclists reach their goals.

 

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