Who would have thought that 21 years ago a kid who threw an eraser at his sixth-grade teacher would be introduced to the sport of velodrome cycling as a form of punishment. My name is Rahsaan Bahati and it’s true, I found the sport as a form of punishment. The punishment soon consumed my life and has taken me on a journey that I'm extremely grateful for.
|Compton (Los Angeles), California
|Where you live now
|Leimert Park (Los Angeles), California
|Other team/group affiliations
|Methods to Winning Bahati Foundation
|10-time U.S. Road Champion, including USPRO Crit Champ 3-time winner of Manhattan Beach Gran Prix 1st place, 2007 CSC Invitational (Virginia)
|Main cycling disciplines
|Road, criterium, track racing
|Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc
|Current favorite cycling gear
|It's a tie between my CADEX 65 WheelSystem and my Bahati Foundation 10th Anniversary cycling jersey
|Favorite place to ride
|What are you carrying on a long ride?
|Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Payday bar, credit card and phone
|Tips for new riders
|Do your best to be a sponge. Right down your 6-month, 12-month and 24-month goals. Read them every day and understand that the goals you want to achieve will not happen overnight. However, they will happen if you plug away at them every day.
|If you could ride with one person, living or dead, it would be
|Major Taylor and my old coach Mark Whitehead
|Words to live by
|You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.