Matt Lee got started early on two wheels, racing motocross in his native Georgia as a teenager. After college, he bought his first mountain bike in order to improve endurance for races. The focus quickly shifted to mountain bike racing in 2010, and road racing soon followed. While in graduate school at Georgia Tech, Matt raced mountain, road, and cyclocross on the Georgia Tech Cycling Team. He still feels most at home in the dirt, especially going as fast as possible down a mountain. Matt relocated to the D.C. area in Jan. 2013, and became part of Gripped Racing after joining in on a long, cold, hard man ride with some of the Gripped team on the C&O Canal. 2014 will be Matt’s second season with Gripped, and the focus will be on endurance mountain bike races and long rides in the woods with other like-minded individuals (including associated beer drinking). 2015 will be Matt’s third season with Gripped, and the first season racing from his new home in Colorado (otherwise known as “the promised land” for cyclists). Similar to previous years, the focus will be on endurance mountain bike races and long rides in the woods exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
In 2015 Matt will head up the Colorado Gripped Racing training facility (otherwise known as his new home). Key races will include Breckenridge 100, and after a full season of training and racing at altitude in Colorado, coming back to Virginia to crush his 2014 finish time at the Shenandoah Mountain 100 to close the season.
Riding bicycles is, simply the most fun way possible to stay active. I enjoy the nervous energy of competition, and keeping myself healthy while still having blast (especially on a mountain bike). Also, finishing a tough race or a gnarly climb is such a great feeling of accomplishment. Finally, the connection with others who understand all these things and the culture that surrounds it is a great thing to be a part of.
Cat 2 Mountain
Cat 5 Road
Cat 4 Cross