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Local teenage cyclist sets his sights on the 2028 Olympics

WALDORF, MD—Maize Wimbush’s passion for cycling started early, a passion sparked by her father’s dedication to the sport. At the age of six, she insisted on riding alongside him, a persistence that led her to remarkable achievements in the cycling world. Today, at the age of 18, Wimbush is not only a celebrated junior champion, but also a hopeful for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Wimbush’s journey into competitive cycling began with her first road bike, a gift for her seventh birthday. She quickly mastered distances that would scare many adults, racing 20 to 30 miles at the age of eight. Her competitive debut came soon after, leading to a string of victories that spotlighted her prodigious talent. At the age of 13, Wimbush was part of the junior development program of the prestigious Twenty20 women’s cycling team, competing against adult women.

Her ascent continued, culminating in a historic victory at the 2021 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships in Florida, where she became the first Black woman to win the junior women’s category. This victory not only marked a milestone in her career, but also paved the way for her future ambitions.

Wimbush is currently a member of Twenty24 Pro Cycling, known for mentoring female cyclists as they strive for international success, including the Olympic Games. “The goal is the Olympics,” Wimbush said, setting her sights firmly on the 2028 Games. Her rigorous training schedule is an example of her dedication: balancing early morning workouts with academic responsibilities as a senior at North Point High School.

Cycling offers Wimbush more than just competing outlets; it offers a community rich in diversity and opportunities for personal growth. “I always learn so many different things that I might not have learned in other sports, about life and about myself,” she explained. Her experiences have taken her across the United States and abroad, with multiple trips to Girona, Spain – a hub for cyclists and a city she hopes to one day call home.

Safety in sports is another concern of Wimbush, particularly the need for better awareness among motorists about sharing the road with cyclists. Advocating for road safety remains an important focus for her and her fellow cyclists.

In addition to cycling, Wimbush is an active member of her school’s National Honor Society and Academic Eagles. She is also a creative mind and enjoys painting and culinary exploration. Her recent contribution to the book “Dear Rebel, 145 Women Share Their Best Advice for Today’s Girls” features personal reflections on her experiences as a young black female athlete, further highlighting her role as an inspirational figure.

As she approaches high school graduation and the transition to full-time education, Wimbush remains a beacon of positive energy and determination: a young athlete on a steady path to Olympic dreams.