Joey Rosskopf

Race Highlights

2021 US National Road Race Champion
2020 1st Tour Down Under-Mtn class.
2018 US National Time-Trial Champion
2017 US National Time-Trial Champion

Earlier in the year, we celebrated Joey’s USPRO win. Here, he shares details of how he got into cycling, what he loves about it today, and what he’d be doing if he hadn’t landed on two wheels. (Spoiler: He’d be a cowboy.)

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

A cowboy.

Describe your first bike.

First one I have numerous memories of is a black and green BMX-style Huffy that we picked up from a flea market. That bike must have lasted a solid 10 years into my early childhood.

Describe the perfect ride in five words.

Sun, hills, speed, sandwiches, cokes.

First Endurance has given me confidence in our fueling products for races. It has what I need. I don’t have to shop around, ordering little odds and ends from other companies to ensure that I get enough electrolytes and digestible carbs on race day.

 

MY NUTRITION PLAN


Q&A


What has First Endurance helped you accomplish or overcome?

First Endurance has given me confidence in our fueling products for races. It has what I need. I don’t have to shop around, ordering little odds and ends from other companies to ensure that I get enough electrolytes and digestible carbs on race day.

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

EFS-PRO. The ease with which it goes down (and stays down) on hot days makes it a realistic solution to drink all race. In the past I have supplemented my summer race nutrition with electrolyte tablets, but with its high level of electrolytes compared to other drink mixes, that is no longer necessary when using EFS-PRO.

What’s your favorite race to ride? And/or to watch?

If there is a friend fighting for the win in a breakaway somewhere, anywhere, that’s my favorite type of bike race to watch. And when I’m racing, having the legs to be that guy battling the odds in the break is my favorite way to take part.

What’s the most embarrassing music you listen to?

I still have a soft spot for Jimmy Buffet thanks to a couple cassette tapes we used to have in our childhood minivan.

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

The first big time concert must have been to see The Strokes at Music Midtown Atlanta.

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

I think my favorite places in the world will always be wherever I feel the most at home. Where friends, community, and a familiarity with the surroundings all contribute to a relaxing existence. Right now those places are Decatur, Athens (both GA), and Girona

Do you have any special pre-race rituals?

As long as I have time to take a good caca, I’m good to go.

How did you get started in the sport?

I wanted to be like my dad! He raced, won the weekly group rides, and was always fixing neighborhood bikes. With his hand me down equipment and knowledge I had a pretty easy path into the sport.

What’s been the highlight of your racing career?

Each time I’ve won the US Pro Nationals has been a real highlight for me. Get the timing and preparation right on that one day and you get to sport that special stars and stripes jersey for an entire year. It’s the win that keeps on giving. Winning it once, let alone three times is something I couldn’t have fathomed as a younger rider. I never got close to winning a Junior or U23 Nationals, and even into my early 20’s when I started taking part in USPRO, I spent years getting my head kicked in before getting my act together!

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?

I’d take my wife and baby boy and you’d probably never hear from us again!

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

I’d fly. You could never fall off of anything, you could save people, and commuting anywhere would be easy!

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

I know everybody says money can’t buy happiness, but it could buy me a boat, it could buy me a truck to pull it, it could buy me a Yeti 110 iced down with some silver bullets!

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

A cowboy.

Describe your first bike.

First one I have numerous memories of is a black and green BMX-style Huffy that we picked up from a flea market. That bike must have lasted a solid 10 years into my early childhood.

Describe the perfect ride in five words.

Sun, hills, speed, sandwiches, cokes.

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

White, mid-tall but not on the calf muscle.

What do you want to do after your racing career?

Gooooood question. Finishing college at UGA would be a nice way to start the next chapter.