USA Cycling 2018 Pro Champion: The Newly-Crowned Jonny Brown

We watched Jonny Brown attack the breakaway with a lap and a half left at the 2018 USA Cycling Pro Championships in Knoxville, TN and knew we had to get him on the show.


A Tennessee native and current Knoxville resident, the 21-year old Brown is the youngest rider ever to win the “Stars and Stripes” jersey for the U.S. national champion. His cycling history started early. His dad was a former pro, and his brother Nate was the first Tennessean to race in the Tour de France with EF Education First Drapac.

Jonny has spent that last three seasons with the Pro Continental team Hagens Berman Axeon, founded by Lance Armstrong and currently owned and managed by Axel Merckx (son of the legendary Eddy Merckx).

We talked with Jonny about:

  • His level of confidence attacking off the front in Knoxville
  • The two most important lessons he’s learned from Axel Merckx
  • His initially difficult transition from youth national champion at age 17 and 18 into the pro ranks
  • His breakthrough 2018 season and what’s to come
  • What he likes to eat after a long ride (what’s on just about every athlete’s mind)
  • What he does for fun when not on his bike (he’s a bit of a Craiglist addict)
  • Most flat tires in a single day
  • Max speed (you’ll have to convert from kilometers though)
  • The strangest thing he ever saw while riding his bike
  • If he had to enter a criterium races on fat tire beach bikes or big wheel penny farthings, which would he choose?

Follow Jonny on Instagram and Strava 



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