Hometown: Ashland, Oregon
Current City: Corvallis, Oregon
Education:: BS Nutrition Health and Science at Oregon State University
Strengths: Time-trial, climbing, technical courses
USA elite women’s national champion (’19-’20) cyclocross
3rd Iowa city world cup (’19-’20) cyclocross
4th Waterloo World cup (’19-’20) cyclocross
10th world Championships Bogense, DN (’18) cyclocross
4th Colorado Classic best young rider (’19-’20)
1st USA U23 women’s national championship (’19-’20)
I grew up in Oregon and learned to ride bikes on the trails outside my hometown with my dad. I'm currently the US Elite Cyclocross National Champion and have traveled across North America and Europe to race my bike in the mud and grit. I have dabbled in road racing with development teams and have had strong results at US stage races. This coming year I want to learn from some of the strongest cyclists in the world and be the best supporting teammate possible.
Aside from being a bike racer, I'm a nutrition undergraduate student at Oregon State University and enjoy riding my mountain bike as much as possible.
FB: Clara Honsinger
// Q&A with Clara
I love being outdoors and nothing gets you outside faster and further than a bicycle. I see many things that I would have missed otherwise.
Rallying the Portland Sauvie Shootout and finishing up with climbing in the West Hills.
Favorite Cycling Moment (so far):
Winning the 2019 US Cyclocross National Championships in Tacoma, WA with all my family and friends cheering me on.
Learn, learn, learn!
When not riding, I like to...:
Drink coffee, read books, and walk around checking out other people's gardens. Someday I hope to have enough time for my own garden!
Favorite warmup song:
Anything with a good beat coming from the race speakers!
Favorite post-ride food:
Eggs on toast with jam and siracha, or a chile relleno burrito if I'm on the road.
Any advice to future // aspiring cyclists?
Focus on the bigger picture, but take every opportunity you can. Also, fenders are essential if you have to ride in rain!
I really enjoy working on bikes and always wanted to be a race mechanic.