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Sepp Kuss on the US off-road racing scene, living in Europe, experience vs age — and Keegan Swenson

Sepp Kuss on the US off-road racing scene, living in Europe, experience vs age — and Keegan Swenson

When Sepp Kuss graduated from the University of Colorado, he had three mountain bike national championship titles to his name. We know now — and…

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When Sepp Kuss graduated from the University of Colorado, he had three mountain bike national championship titles to his name. We know now — and others surely knew then — that Kuss could have raced singletrack all the way to the world championships or the Olympics.

Nevertheless, an open mind — coupled with innate talent and a huge motor — led him down a different path.

“I definitely never dreamed of being in the WorldTour or winning a mountain bike world championship, I just wanted to enjoy riding my bike for as long as possible, whatever that meant,” Kuss said. “For me, it was just discovering who I was as a cyclist and finding what I liked most about riding my bike. For better for worse, that’s what’s gotten me here.”

Read also: Keegan Swenson is crushing the American off-road scene. Would he jump ship for the WorldTour?

Here, in his third season on the road with Jumbo-Visma, with two grand tour stage wins in his pocket, and a life firmly planted on the European continent.

Ahead of the Vuelta, we play a little ‘what if’ with the 27-year-old from Colorado about other paths not taken. What does he make of the US gravel/endurance scene? Could he see himself in it? And, is American off-road racing a breeding ground for WorldTour talent?

VeloNews : I know this is probably an odd interview request ahead of the Vuelta — hey, let’s talk about gravel and the Grand Prix and Keegan Swenson — but […]

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