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Planes, trains and mountain bikes: Adamstown’s Freedman competes overseas for Team USA

Planes, trains and mountain bikes: Adamstown's Freedman competes overseas for Team USA

Jonah Freedman, a 17-year-old Adamstown resident, was overseas last month competing for Team USA in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike World Cup,…

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Jonah Freedman, a 17-year-old Adamstown resident, was overseas last month competing for Team USA in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike World Cup, a series of races in various disciplines, including downhill, a demanding style that requires racers to speed down steep hills and brave tough turns, rocks and high jumps. Jonah Freedman took away a lot from his mountain bike-racing experiences in Europe. “So much learning,” he said. “I’m feeling way better on my bike than I ever have been.” Jonah Freedman did plenty of traveling in Europe this summer.

“We had a day where we took a bus, a train and an airplane,” he said. “We took every type of transportation.”

For Freedman, though, one mode of transportation ranked above all the rest. That would be his bike, a Commencal Supreme, which he toted around the continent so he could hop on it and tackle tricky trails.

Freedman, a 17-year-old Adamstown resident, is a downhill mountain bike racer. He was overseas competing for Team USA in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike World Cup, a series of races in various disciplines, including downhill, a demanding style that requires racers to speed down steep hills and brave tough turns, rocks and high jumps.

Racing in the junior category for 17- and 18-year-olds, Freedman participated in World Cups in Leogang, Austria, Lenzerheide, Switzerland, and Vallnord, Andorra, before returning to Adamstown in late July.

Freedman didn’t qualify for the finals in any of those events, but he was far from disappointed. […]

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