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Näak Ambassador John Croom

ELITE CYCLIST

CO, USA

"I was always told I was too big for cycling and that it wasn’t the sport for me."

I started cycling when I was 19 and weighed 300lbs - I was always told I was too big for cycling and that it wasn’t the sport for me. Which really just motivated me to strive to be a part of the sport. In 2017, one thing led to another and I ended up in Colorado Springs at the US Olympic Training Center and I was a 100lbs light looking to chase the Olympic Dream. 3 National Championships, US National Record and a Pan American Games Championship I would fall a bit short of my 2020 Olympic dream but that wouldn’t stop me. Now I am working at training for 2024 in Paris and I am excited to take Naak with me to Paris! 



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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2019 USA NATIONAL RECORD IN THE TEAM PURSUIT
2019 PAN AMERICAN GAMES CHAMPION TEAM PURSUIT
2019 USA KILOMETER TIME TRIAL NATIONAL CHAMPION

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU EVERY DAY TO TRAIN?

Pure passion for the bike! I love getting out there and doing things people think are impossible.

DO YOU HAVE A PERSON WHO INSPIRES YOU?

Hmmm, there are a lot of people that inspire me, The womens and mens USA Track Cycling programs are pretty inspiring and have pushed me to be a better athlete!

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR NOT LOSING ENERGY DURING your races?

Rule: Sip and Nibble; constantly being ahead of it.

WHAT IS YOUR BEST RACING MEMORY?

Probably win Pan American Games. Hearing the national anthem on a podium is something special!

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU LIKE TO DO AFTER A RACE?

Eat!

What is your favorite music to surpass yourself in training?

Hmmm, I am bit over music during training. I like a good podcast...really anything just something to keep my mind off training…ha!

What is your favourite Näak product?

The Ultra Energy Bars Choco Banana!