On the race track, 18-year-old Ryan Geiger is a mountain biking prodigy.
In the bike shop, he's just another one of the guys.
At Absolute Bikes in downtown Flagstaff, Geiger sweeps the floors and wrenches on rental bikes. He says his job is lovingly referred to as the "shop grommet."
In short, he does whatever needs done.
That is also what Geiger did on Aug. 11, when he broke the Leadville Trail 100 MTB course record time for riders 19 and younger, completing a 100-mile ride through the Rocky Mountains in 7 hours and 27 minutes. His time was fast enough that he also would have won the men's 29 and younger category.
"It was awesome. It was probably the biggest accomplishment I've had so far," he said.
The feat is made more remarkable because he had to pass some 1,500 other riders along the way. Geiger had to start near the back of the pack.
"You really have to do sketchy moves to get through people," he said.
Geiger hopes that he'll be able to shave even more time off his record next year, when he's allowed to start near the front of the pack.
He hopes to make a career out of mountain bike riding, but in the short term he plans to take some well-deserved time off from training. Geiger says no matter how much he rides or trains, he still loves pushing himself to progress.
"I love going out with the guys and shredding," he said. "That's good stuff."
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