Speeding down the wet and treacherous final descent of the 2016 Reading 120, Danny Summerhill knew he had it in him to make a huge last minute attack despite having already crashed twice on the day. The Colorado native is known to excel in those sorts of sketchy conditions and his skills resulted in a notable victory for his UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.
“I like riding motorcycles. I have a couple and (grew) up around them. So I credit much of my bike handling ability to the dirt bike track I had in my back yard growing up.”
Those same top-shelf bike handling skills are what Summerhill once again brings to the 2016 Maxxis-Shimano squad. As a youngster, Summerhill was also big into playing ice hockey.
“I realized in high school I just wasn’t getting as big as everyone else I was playing with and the hits just got harder and harder.”
From the time that he decided to focus on cycling he’s scored top ten placings at the Tour of China and the Tour of Alberta. In 2015 he stood atop the podium no less than six times including the second day of competition at the US Open of Cyclocross.
On what Summerhill refers to as “off days,” the Colorado native has been enjoying the world of BMX.
“For some reason I never got in to it much as a kid, but lately it’s been a big part of any free time I have post-training.”