Niles Wesley may be just 11 years of age, but this young Northern California track cyclist is quite the student-athlete who is clearly focused on the future!
The middle school sensation from Alameda, California is currently ranked 1st with USA Cycling in the 10-12 year-old age bracket in the Individual Pursuit and is also ranked 2nd nationally in his age group for Time Trial.
At five years-old Niles started racing BMX in Santa Clara. Three years later, he won his first BMX State Championship in Napa. At nine, Niles headed over to junior track racing at the Hellyer County Park Velodrome in San Jose. He has been training and racing there ever since. Now 11, Niles has a great chance of winning the 2013 Omnium at the (California) Junior State Championship and has his sights set on going to the Junior National Championship in Pennsylvania where he will likely meet more of our “Focus on the Future” stars!
But it is not all about sports for this well-balanced youth. Clearly a promising athlete, Niles is equally dedicated to his academic pursuits. He is taking advanced math, enjoys science and social studies and has served on student council and volunteers locally.
Staying healthy is equally important to Niles. His favorite foods include green vegetables, sushi, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, squash, fish, chicken, and anything spicy.
Niles enjoys playing the trumpet, piano and ukulele, and has a love for radio-controlled vehicles. He is a big aviation fan and has logged flight hours in the left seat of a Cessna 172! The future high-flyer also uses Microsoft Flight Simulator and X-Plane and hopes to get his pilot’s license in high school. He plans to work through college as a flight instructor.
A few more interesting facts about what makes this future star go:
Black tea, water, freshly made hash browns, grilled sour dough toast, spicy Italian Subway sandwich, and a Strawberry Surf rider from Jamba Juice before he gets to the track.
The Hunger Games (which he liked better than the movie).
Attend UC San Diego, get a degree in urban planning, head to Harvard Law School, then become a lawyer and a senator.
Niles has been to the California State Capital a few times and has been encouraged by current State Assemblyman, Rob Bonta.
What He Is Riding Right Now:
Niles neighborhood bike is a 2003 Haro Blackbird BMX cruiser. His track bike is a 45cm Dolan Precursa.
Good luck, Niles! Your future is bright and we will be watching and pulling for you!
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