Allie Dragoo

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31

D.O.B.: December 17, 1989
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Current City: Boulder, CO
Height: 5’9”
Specialty: Road & Track
Previous sports: BMX, all disciplines of bike racing, Hockey, Soccer & Golf
Nickname: Allie Oop
Years racing: 5

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Allie is from Michigan, and grew up racing BMX, playing hockey and golf until her teenage years. Her background in cycling is in BMX where she raced thirteen years, two of which were on the professional level, winning many national titles throughout her career. She graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis, IN in May 2014 with an Education and Physical Education degree. Allie was originally offered a collegiate golf scholarship but passed that up choosing to ride bikes instead, trying every discipline with much success and winning several individual and team national titles throughout her collegiate years. Her favorite disciplines are track and road racing where she loves to time trial and team time trial as well as racing crits. Allie is dedicated and works hard on and off the bike to help improve her personal goals and team goals, with team being the most important aspect of racing for her. She looks for advice for improvement and loves being a role model to younger athletes and children.

Career Highlights

  • 2nd place, Cascade Cycling Classic Prologue
  • 3rd place, Boise Twilight Criterium
  • 6th place Cascade Cycling Time Trial
  • Tour De Mont Pleasant  Criterium, TT, Road Race and Ominum Champion

2014

  • 2nd place, Cascade Cycling Classic Prologue
  • 6th place Cascade Cycling Time Trial
  • 3rd place, Boise Twilight Criterium
  • Tour De Mont Pleasant Ominum Champion
  • 5th place, Valley of the Sun Time Trial
  • 2nd place, Tour of Murrieta Time Trial

2013

  • Collegiate Road Nationals Team Time Trial 1st place
  • Collegiate Track Nationals Team Pursuit 1st place
  • Collegiate Track Nationals Individual Pursuit (3k) 2nd place
  • Collegiate Track Nationals Points Race 5th place
  • Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals Short Track 3rd place
  • Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals Team Relay 1st place
  • Indy Crit 1st place

What inspired you to become a bike racer?
My first road ride I went on was 15 miles. Coming from a BMX background I thought that was pretty cool, far (little did I know), and I felt accomplished. I decided I wanted to see how much further I could go and how fast I could go the distance.

Who is an inspiration to you in your life, both on and off the bike?
Apolo Ohno, fierce competitor and never gives up!

If you weren’t bike racing, you would be...?
The next Rachel Ray

Favorite meal when training?
Cookies and ClifBars. I eat ClifBars off the bike  too, they’re so good!

The best thing about being a bike racer is?
Traveling and learning something new after each day of racing.

Favorite place you’ve raced your bike and why?
Winston Salem. Fun and crazy atmosphere and the racing was HARD!

Favorite cross training or off season activity?
Weight lifting and Running/Hiking

Best tip for a new bike racer:
Control what you can. Be prepared. Have fun most importantly.

Favorite things to do off the bike:

1. Talk/FaceTime/Visit my family and friends
2. Create new recipes
3. Go to the gym
4. I like to clean, very therapeutic for me.
5. Eat pancakes and peanut butter

Top 10 warmup/pre-race songs on your iPod:
I do not really have a set list; I turn on Pandora and usually listen to AC/DC, KIZZ, Ozzy or Ludacris.

TWENTY16 has an emphasis on education with the initiation of our Junior Scholarship program in 2015.

Explain why it is important for an athlete to pursue education by going on to college after high school.

Education is much more valuable than athletes think. The number one thing I ask athletes is, “If you get hurt and cannot race again, or once your racing career is over, what are you going to do?” It is so important to have a degree and see the big picture in life. Only a handful of people make it big in racing or any other sport for that matter. The first step is to have a goal(s) and secondly, you do not need to have a pin point idea on what you want to do the rest of your life. I changed my major several times but I knew that my goal was to help younger students and athletes succeed and I now have a degree in Education.


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