Cynisca Cycling

Zoe Ta-Perez

Zoe Ta-Perez

USA   

HOMETOWN: Orange, California

DOB: 27 March 2002

Called the 2022 “US elite nationals breakthrough star” by VeloNews, Zoe claimed the USA U23 national time trial (TT) title and 3rd in overall elite women. A junior World Champion in the Madison, Zoe continues a strong comeback following a break from cycling in 2021. 

Zoe is a student of the University of California, Irvine, studying psychological science.

Follow her on Instagram: zoetaperez

Q&A with Zoe:

What attracted you to cycling? 

“My brother and I ran for a local club team, and I spent a lot of time running/training with the team. It really set the foundation for my love of sport, and I just realized that I loved riding more at some point. I’ve always rode for fun since I was younger, and I pretty much just slowly got introduced to racing until it became something that I wanted to focus on.”

Do you have family members who ride?

“Yup! My brother used to race, and he still rides once in a while. My dad rides all the time, and he tags along with me whenever I’m in town. To top it off, my younger sisters have been really into mountain biking recently. I guess it’s safe to say that my family loves to ride!”

What are your goals?

“Ultimately, I want to be a well-rounded athlete and person. Of course, I have dreams of going to the Olympics and racing with the best of the best in the future, but the goals that I write down and envision are aligned to getting the most out of myself.”

Any advice to younger girls who want to get into bike racing?

“I’m sure this has been said a million times, but I would say have fun and enjoy it. That being said, don’t be afraid to race hard and leave it all out there!”

Where is your favorite place to ride?

“Mountain Bike trails in Bend, Oregon, or The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.”

Destination you want to visit?

“Greece or Switzerland”

Any advice for young girls who want to get into cycling?

“Having fun is the main thing! The rest will follow!”

A dream race you would like to do?

“Elite Worlds, Olympics, Le Tour de France Femmes”

What would you like to look back and tell your grandkids you did?

“I would want to tell them about all the places I traveled to and the people that I met along the way!”                                         

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