The first American to win the Tour of Flanders, 2018 winner of the Women’s Tour and the reigning national road race champion – Coryn Rivera has a glittering palmares. She has 72 national titles to her name, finally picking up the road race title last season, and was crowned world team time trial champion in 2017 too. Finally, the pocket rocket has proved she’s much more than “just a sprinter”.
Her father has always been on two wheels, from moto cross, to downhill mountain bike, to cyclocross and road. Before long, young Coryn jumped on a tandem with her parents. By the age of nine, the American had completed her first century ride in 5 hours 45 minutes.
Her love of racing began, as her father’s friend dared her to do Redlands Classic and offered her $20 if she won. Of course, she did. And took the win the following year too.
Describing herself as calm, laidback and a true American, Coryn likes nothing more than surfing, eating and off-roading with her family. Bacon and eggs are her favourite food.
Now going into her third season with Team Sunweb, the 26-year-old is targeting Spring success before looking at defending her Women’s Tour and National titles.
And she believes the team give her the perfect platform to perform: “This is a programme that pushes me to be the best and that is really the backbone of who I am and what I do. It is my motivation. It’s cool looking back on my career and seeing a trend – teams with male and female programmes alongside each other. There’s a family feel to it. It adds another dimension to the team.”