“I ride to see how much I can get out of myself and because I find it the most challenging mentally and physically.”

 
 
 

IF YOU THINK IT IS HARD ENOUGH TO BE A PRO AT JUST ONE SPORT, TRY BEING A PROFESSIONAL AT THREE. KATIE ZAFERES IS AN OLYMPIC TRIATHLETE AND, IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS, SHE HAS CLAIMED 18 WORLD TRIATHLON SERIES PODIUMS. THAT’S A LOT OF MEDALS.

Home base: watsonville, CALIFORNIA

AGE: 29

Best Results:

  • Rio Olympian (18th)

  • 3rd at the WTS Grand Final 2018

  • 2nd at the WTS Grand Final 2017

  • 2017 and 2018 World Triathlon Overall Series Podiums

Favorite music?

Imagine Dragons

Favorite race or ride?

World Triathlon Series Hamburg

My dream career outside of cycling is…

I think I’m living the career dream in doing triathlon, but if I had to choose something else it would be something in Health and Wellness

My favorite academic subject is…

English

My earliest memory on a bike is…

Flipping over the handle bars at Easter on my Uncle’s bike that actually had very good working brakes so it mattered if I only pressed the front one

why do you ride?

I ride to see how much I can get out of myself and because I find it the most challenging mentally and physically. I want to push my boundaries and see how much better I can get.

Advice to up-AND-coming cyclists:

Find someone that you look up to and trust on the bike and ask them for help. Once you feel like you have a good handle on things see if there are local group rides to get involved in that are safe and respectful. Riding in groups is one of the things I attribute most to my progression on the bike in order to learn skills, push myself and learn how to ride in a group.