David. When I was taking English class in kindergarten, my English teacher told me that I need an English name since she believed that someday I will study abroad. Then I got this name, and have kept using it for more than a decade. I’ve gone by this name even longer than my Chinese name.
Strengths as a Student-Athlete:
Even though I considers cycling a huge and important part of my life, I still believe that academic achievement is crucial for me. Balancing plays a big role in this kind of life. I have a high GPA, and ambition for accomplishing harder academic tasks.
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Favorite Class at MSA:
AP Statistics. It is a fun class. I am not a ordinary Chinese student who likes and is good at math, but I do love statistics. The process of analyzing data and drawing conclusions from them.
Favorite Ride in Charlottesville:
Extend Mudhouse Loop. This route is about 25km and goes by Mudhouse, which is a local coffee shop one of my favorite places to go. Usually I do this ride on Friday afternoon as a recovery spin and reward for a busy week. Everyone on the team knows that I love “Mudhouse route” so much, so I think we will make it into “David Yang’s Gran Fondo” in the future.
Favorite Trail on MSA Campus:
France’s Loop. The first time I rode this trail was in the 2015 VAHS series, before I was even on the MSA Endurance Team. I got my first top 10 finish in an XC mountain bike race on this trail. After I joined MSA, I had my first podium finish on this course. I have to say that this trail is the most telling witness of my improvement on a bike.
Green Mountain Stage Race. This is the first stage race I have ever raced. Even though I withdrew from the race after an asthma attack during stage 2, I still enjoyed the race and came out from it stronger and better. More importantly, I traveled and lived with the whole team throughout the entire week, we had fun and raced hard.
Best Memory as a Member of the MSA Endurance Team:
The fall NICA series. I started my first ever mountain bike race three years ago at NICA. At that time, I wasn’t a good rider. But I grew up through the NICA series and over seasons of’ NICA racing. Now I can be one of the top riders on the podium, and helped MSA get the first place team.
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VAHS MTB Series State Championship - 4th
VAHS MTB RACE 3 - 2nd
NICA Virginia League Race #1 JV - 3rd
NICA Virginia League Race #4 JV - 4th
NICA Virginia League Overall JV - 4th
Jefferson Cup Road Race Juniors 17/18 - 3rd
Green Mountain Stage Race Junior Race Participant
VIC Cross Country Championships - 16th