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Emma White's #RideToTokyo

By: Angelina Palermo  August 21, 2020

With Emma’s nomination to the Track Cycling Olympic Long Team, we’re excited to see her get one step closer to achieving her Olympic dreams. We talked with Emma and asked her about the top moments in her life that have made her the athlete that she is today.

I first started racing bikes when I was 9 years old. My family would go to races with my older brother, Curtis, and I would race in the kid races. I won my first National Championship in the criterium at 11 years old.

I went on to race road and cyclocross with my older brother and younger brother. I raced cyclocross until 2019, when I made the switch to track. While racing cyclocross, I raced for Cannondale and raced two World Championships. I won seven national titles in cyclocross.

When I was 16 and 17 years old, I raced for the Hot Tubes Junior Development boy’s team. Those were some of the most fun years on the bike and I am so thankful for the friendships made on that team.

I raced my first World Championship in Ponferada, Spain in 2014 where I was 5th in the Time Trial.

The following year at Junior World Championships in Richmond, VA, I was second in both the time trial and the road race to Chloe Dygert.

I started working with Kristin Armstrong as my coach and have been for the past 7 years.

I first became a professional in 2016 when I signed with Rally Cycling. I have been with the team for 5 years and have made lifelong friendships with these girls. Doing what I love with people I love is the best!

In 2018 I was 3rd in the Elite Time Trial and Road Race National Championships. In 2019, I won the Criterium National Championships.

My first time riding the track was March, 2018. In the short two seasons since, I have raced 6 world cups, 2 world championships and a Pan-Am Championships. We became World Champions in the team pursuit in February, 2020.