We recently had a chance to talk with 12-year-old JUSCO athlete Trevor DeCloedt about training, riding and spending time in the velodrome.
Tell us about your cycling career. How long have you been competing?
I started riding BMX when I was four. This year, I started doing road biking and mountain biking. At the age of 6 I began competing in BMX racing. I recently competed in my first Velodrome and Road Biking completion.
What kinds of bikes do you ride?
I have one BMX bike, two velodrome bikes which is a road bike without brakes, I also have a normal road bike and a mountain bike.
What kinds of events do you compete in?
My goal is to compete in the 2020 Paralympics, so I am training hard on my road bike and try to get to the velodrome a couple times a week. I also continue to compete in BMX racing and I recently joined a mountain bike group that competes once a month.
What does your training entail?
I spend many days training. I spend a couple times a week riding at the Velodrome. When I am not there I am riding my road bikes throughout my home town often up to 40 miles a day. I also still continue to head out to the BMX track when I can and my mountain bike team practices a couple days a week on local trails.
Are you solo or part of a team?
I am on the Encino Velo team coached by Stephan Meyer and my mountain bike team is called the Simi Valley Composite Team. When I race BMX that is a solo competition.
Have there been times where discouragement or self-doubt has held you back? How did you get through it?
With any sport you have moments of discouragement and self-doubt but I always try my hardest and at the end of the day as long as you are giving it your all and having fun you will continue to improve and overcome your obstacles. I like to say as long as I try, it’s all about having fun.
Part of what makes you unique is overcoming the challenges of cerebral palsy. How do those challenges play a part in training for your sport?
I don’t really consider CP a disability. I do have days where I experience side effects such as spasms and cramps. I believe that regular chiropractic care, muscle stem and massage keep my body healthy and in tip top shape. I just always try my hardest and push through.
We hear you use a TENS unit to recover and manage pain.
The TENS unit is great to use after a hard day training to help sore muscles. Also, I use it when I am having CP flares. I believe that every athlete should use a TENS unit in the event of injury or just after a hard workout.
Do you have any competitions or events coming up?
The next event that I’m training for is a BMX race at the Las Vegas Nationals on January 8-10, 2016.
What are your goals for your cycling career?
I’m hoping to compete in the 2020 Paralympics. The Paralympics have velodrome and road biking. I’m hoping to represent the USA in Track Racing (velodrome).
What would be your advice to other athletes who have physical challenges but want to excel the way you have?
Don’t give up and keep on trying.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank Jason Ridgel and JUSCO Medical for all of the help this year. I’d also like to thank my dad, who sacrifices so much so I can race every day. I’d like to thank Stephan Meyer, my coach, for all his support. And I’d like to thank my sponsors, X Brand Goggles, The Racers Edge, Pit Image, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Vie 13 Kustom Apparel, 805 Bicycles, MJT Designs, Matrix Concepts, Atlas Brace, Bombshell Parts, Simi Spine and Wellness and SMBG Clothing.
We’ve heard you’ve acquired the nickname “Hollywood.” Can you tell us how that happened?
I had dyed red hair in a mohawk, and the track runner at Simi Valley started calling me Hollywood. Also, I get interviewed in the newspaper or on websites a lot.