Shimano LIVE: The Sepp Kuss Interview

07/06/2020

As a youngster growing up in Durango Colorado, Sepp Kuss never expected to become a key member of a Grand Tour winning WorldTour team. Back then, he was busy riding his mountain bike with friends, looking forward to the annual Durango Devo campout in the desert where him and his friends would build jumps and look for UFOs. He was just riding his bike, and having a good time. 

 

Though he’s always taken his riding and training seriously, the 25-year-old American has never suffered from the tunnel vision that can stifle cycling talent. As a U23, he raced World Cups for the National Team and he won two collegiate national MTB titles. But when sponsorships fell through, he turned his focus to the road, where he quickly emerged as a star. 

 

The young amateur quickly climbed through the ranks, landing on a continental professional team, collecting wins at major races in the US, then punching his WorldTour ticket with Jumbo-Visma in 2018. During his second full year in Europe, Kuss helped teammate Primož Roglič win the Vuelta a España and along the way picked up a Grand Tour stage victory for himself. 

 

But as high as Kuss climbs in the professional ranks, he remains grounded in his outlook on cycling. The opportunities life has presented him may have differed from his expectations as a young mountain biker, but with a flexible perspective, those opportunities have led him far beyond his wildest dreams. 

 

 

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Throughout the 2019 Vuelta a España, Kuss had Primož Roglič's back, helping his Jumbo-Visma teammate win the Spanish Grand Tour.

               

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During Lockdown in Girona, Kuss brushed up on his Spanish. A useful skill for ordering tapas and giving post race interviews on the Iberian Peninsula.

                

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Jumbo Visma let Kuss off his leash for stage 15, and the young American capitalized on the opportunity, winning his first Grand Tour stage.

                

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With World Champions and the greatest climbers on the globe in tow, Kuss looking cool as a cucumber as he protects Rogliç's lead in the Vuelta.

                

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With World Champions and the greatest climbers on the globe in tow, Kuss looking cool as a cucumber as he protects Rogliç's lead in the Vuelta.

               

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Before he started going up, Kuss got his start going down in the mountains of Southwest Colorado.

               

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Riding bikes with buddies at Durango Devo formed the foundation of Kuss's future success.

                

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A portrait of the young grom, as a young grom.

               

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Everyone wants to know what makes the cover boy tick, especially on the climbs.