Five Questions with… Matheus Macedo

Matheus Macedo at the Florida State Time Trial Championship in 2022. (Gabriel J. Diaz/VeloPista Photo)

How did you get started in racing?

It all started with criterium racing in 2017 back when Kevin Abbate (ESP Timing) had his races in Tradewinds Park. A friend of mine suggested I join him to race and ever since I fell in love with the adrenaline of it and haven’t stopped. The majority of my life I grew up playing soccer up to college which made me a competitive athlete but then found a new profound love to riding my bike and wanted to channel my competitive side to racing and accepting new challenges. I was addicted to observing my progress and improvements.

Road, Gravel, or Mountain Biking?

I have raced in all three disciplines but after this past season, I began to drift more towards racing on the trails. As of now, my heart is set on racing MTB and this will be my main focal point. So far I have raced in road (CAT3) and MTB (Sport 19-29). I have proudly raced for several teams such as Interior Elementz (Alpha Cycling) from 2019 to 2020. As well as VivoSeaside from 2020 to 2021. I am currently with my personal sponsor 3R Cycling Experience since 2022. I’ve been more than grateful to be able to race and be well supported by these teams.

How did last season go for you – highs and lows?

Last season was different for me, I raced the hill top series by ESP Timing which was my one and only win on the road bike. I had a bad accident and desperately had to wait for new parts therefore putting me on standby to race on the road again. This incident is what brought me closer to my journey in MTB. As I started this journey, I began with a pretty bad crash that fractured my hip and couldn’t ride for a little over a month. Once I recovered I had two months before the Florida State Championship series started. I had a rocky start but after my 6th race I won (2 in the same weekend) and started to gain confidence. After those wins the rest was history,  I ended up winning the State Championship in the Base 19-39 category and the Coconut Cup series.

What’s next for you on the race calendar?

Excitingly enough, next race will be the Florida State Championship Criterium on the 15th of this month. Since the main MTB season is over, I am seeking to start working alongside a coach (still searching) to build on my strengths and work on my weaknesses to reach my future goals. Another important factor would be incorporating weight training to my schedule so I can be fully ready by September for the Florida State Championship Series in my new category.

What’s the one thing you want people to know about you?

One thing I want people to know about me is  that I’m just trying to be the best father I can be while finding time to train and show how much fun you can have on two wheels. I have learned the importance of finding balance between fatherhood and my responsibilities off the bike while still adapting to an adjusted regime for my training. I have a deep admiration for this sport and my goal is to show others that this is a great way to stay in shape, enjoy the outdoors, and disconnect. Whether you see me on the trails, road or even gravel don’t hesitate to say hello!

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