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Matt Hawkins (USA)

Matt began racing in 1998 at the suggestion of local bike shop owner Walter Wallace. He started out doing local Mountain Bike races and, by the end of the season, he had moved up to the Expert class and was placing well. The next year was Matt's breakout year; he trained all winter and got picked up by the Mountain Bike team SoBe/Headshok, traveling the National circuit racing as a junior expert. He had a few podium appearances at Nationals and was ranked #4 nationally and #1 in New England, while never finishing a local race outside the top 3.

As 2000 rolled around it marked Matt's last year as a junior and he again traveled the National circuit. This time around he had linked up with the Team Grimace junior development program and he again scored some podiums, this time at Junior World Cup races. In addition, he retained his #1 ranking in New England and went one spot better in the national rankings where he was ranked #3. He also discovered road bikes during the 2000 season, qualifying for the Eastern Regional team, and racing the junior world cup Tour l’Abitibi. He started 2000 as a category 5 on the road and finished the season as a category 2.

2001 was Matt's first year as a senior and he marked it by earning his Professional MTB license allowing him to do a few National events. He qualified for the National MTB team, was a resident athlete at the United States Olympic Training Center and represented the United States at the 2001 MTB world championships in Vail, CO.

Hometown
Cumberland, ME
Originally From
Cumberland, ME
Born

9/18/82
Height
5'9" (170 cm)
Weight
145 lbs (66 kg)
Hobbies
Nordic Skiing, Skydiving, Motorcycles

Palmares

2002
1st Place: SMCC Crit, Saco ME
1st Place:
Scarborough Twilight Crit, Scarborough ME
1st Place: Another Dam Race, Parker AZ (Cat 2)
8th Place: Under-23, Memorial Andrzeja Kaczyny i Andrzeja Malinowskiego, Poland (UCI 1.3)
20th Place: Under-23 Road Race, US National Championships, Saluda NC
26th Place: Coupe Des Carpathes, Poland (UCI 1.5)
30th Place: Wyscig Kolarski o Puchar Trzech Miast, Poland (UCI 1.5)

2001
(MTB results)
2nd Overall: U23 NORBA National Ranking

57th Place: UCI World Cup, Grouse Mountain, Canada
59th Place: UCI World Cup, Mount Saint Anne, Canada
56th Place: Espoir World Mountain Bike Championships, Vail, CO
1st Place: Alden Hill Challenge, Gorham, ME
1st Place: STXC Maine Family Fun Day, Auburn, ME
1st Place: Lost Valley, Auburn, ME
2nd Place: Meadow Muffin Madness, Quaker Hill, CT
2nd Place: River Rage, Bethel, ME
3rd Place: Spring Runoff, Camden, ME
4th Place: Fat Tire Classic, Farmington, CT
4th Place: Jack Rabbit Run, Norwalk, CT
6th Place: Wrath of Sun Valley, West Stafford, CT
10th Place: Beauty and the Beast AMBC, Killington, VT

2000
19th Place Overall:
Tour de l'Abitibi

(MTB results)
5th Place: UCI Junior World Cup, Mount Saint Anne, Canada
10th Place: UCI Junior World Cup, Napa, CA
1st Place: Massosait MTB Challenge
1st Place:
Cape Able Road Race

Ranked #1 junior in New England for 2nd year in a row.

Ranked #4 Nationally as a junior
 


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