Get To Know Sho-Air TWENTY20 Pro Cycling's Erica Clevenger

March 18, 2019

Get To Know Sho-Air TWENTY20 Pro Cycling's Erica Clevenger

The Sho-Air TWENTY20 Pro Cycling team just kicked off its season by winning the Team General Classification at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Team rider Erica Clevenger also took home a stage win on the final day of the event. We sat down with Erica after the event's opening time trial to learn more about her start in the sport, as well as what makes her team so unique in the world of professional cycling.

FELT: How'd you get started in cycling?

I started in triathlon. I got into triathlon during my freshman year of college. I went from my hometown in Orange County, California, to Tucson, Arizona, where I attended the University of Arizona to complete my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. I saw the triathlon team and they looked like they were having a lot of fun! So I jumped in with them, and raced for four years doing triathlon, and I even won a collegiate national championship in triathlon. I wanted to try something different, so I switched over to road racing, and I won the road race at the collegiate national championships in 2017. Shortly after that, I was signed to my first pro team, and then the following year, I signed for Sho-Air TWENTY20.

FELT: What’s unique about the Sho-Air TWENTY20 team?

Sho-Air Twenty20 places a really big emphasis on building up its riders both as people and as athletes, and that comes out in things like school. There a lot of people on the team who are in school or have full-time jobs outside of racing, and the team has always been really supportive of that, from the junior racing level all the way up to collegiate athletes, and even those pursuing graduate degrees. We currently have several graduate students on the team, myself included. I currently go to the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, where I’m studying environmental engineering for my PhD. So the team is really special because of its growth mindset, and its commitment to helping riders succeed not just in racing but also in life.

female cyclists warm up

FELT: Tell us about your race bike.

My Felt FR race bike is really fast and really light, and I love it! I started out racing a Felt long before I joined the Sho-Air TWENTY20 team, so it’s great to be able to come back to the brand. It feels so fast, and so responsive, and it’s by far my favorite race bike that I’ve ever had.

FELT: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the sport?

I would tell aspiring athletes to look for what you enjoy about the sport and pursue that. Make sure you’re developing in a way that you are still honing your connection with the sport. I see a lot of people who come through and they train really hard, and maybe they get burned out, or maybe they don’t see their version of success right away. For me, triathlon and cycling have been my outlet away from school and everything else in my life. I think sport is an amazing place to learn and to grow, and that’s why I started to develop as an athlete, to be able to employ those skills elsewhere in my life. So to all those who want to race, just get out and ride, make some friends, and cultivate your love for the sport.

FELT: What races are you most excited about for the 2019 season?

I am really excited about Redlands, because it’s a favorite race of mine. I’ve only raced this event one time before, but I’m from Southern California, so it’s special because my mom can come out, and I had the chance to see my newborn baby niece right before the race, so that was pretty exciting. The race itself has a great atmosphere, the organizers are really amazing, and the team always gets really excited for this race. Redlands is definitely a big one for me. Aside from Redlands, US nationals is always a big goal for me. And for this year, the Colorado Classic is right in my current neighborhood because I live in Golden, Colorado, so that’ll be one that I’m definitely looking forward to.

women bike race win

FELT: What are some of your hobbies or interests outside of cycling?

Aside from cycling, I’m in grad school, so I don’t have too much time for many other things. But I do have a new puppy, and he’s really cute! So whenever I have some free time I like to take him to the dog park and make friends that way. His name is Indy and he’s a Shiba Inu. Interestingly, there’s another girl on the team who also has a Shiba Inu, so we’ve bonded over our shared love of the breed.

FELT: Tell us about your experience with the Zwift KISS Super League.

This year I’ve gotten the opportunity to race in the Zwift KISS Super League, which is a virtual pro racing league. In truth, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting into when I first agreed to join, but it’s been incredibly fun! This has been a particular tough winter in Colorado, so I’ve been told at least, since I’m a relatively new resident there. So Zwift has made my training so much easier because I’ve been able to hop on the trainer and put in so many more miles than what I’ve been used to in the past. I strongly encourage all race fans and fans of Sho-Air TWENTY20 to go and check it out because it’s some of the best coverage that we get being women in cycling. I’ve watched some races outside of actually competing in it, and it’s really cool and very exciting to watch, as well as a great way to help support women’s cycling.




Also in Blog

Indoor Cycling Guide: Here's How To Set Up The Ultimate Pain Cave
Indoor Cycling Guide: Here's How To Set Up The Ultimate Pain Cave

May 12, 2020

There's never been a better time to incorporate indoor cycling into your training regimen. If you’ve been looking to set up your own dedicated space for riding your bike indoors, and create what we affectionately call a “pain cave," then check out some of these great indoor setups for some inspiration.

Read More

Indoor Cycling Guide: 5 Workouts To Get You Fit & Fast In No Time
Indoor Cycling Guide: 5 Workouts To Get You Fit & Fast In No Time

May 11, 2020

To get the most out of your time and energy during your indoor cycling sessions, you should incorporate some structured workouts. It's always key to build an overall plan with a reputable coaching service. But to get you started, here are some great workouts that anyone can tailor to their overall plan.

Read More

Indoor Cycling Guide: 5 Essential Items You Need To Start Riding Indoors
Indoor Cycling Guide: 5 Essential Items You Need To Start Riding Indoors

May 10, 2020

Many cyclists and triathletes used to look at indoor trainers as a convenient way to warm up before a race or a necessary evil for getting in a workout when they couldn't ride outside. But today, modern indoor trainer brands use the latest technologies to better simulate the sensations of riding outside on the road.

Read More

Bike Fit Calculator

BIKE SIZING

Getting the proper size bike is key to comfort, performance, and safety. The world's best bike, if the wrong size for you, won't make you a better rider.
Our bike sizing guide is meant to give some general direction as to the best size to fit you based on your height. This is just one variable in a very complex system between rider and bike so keep in mind that rider proportions, fitness levels, and other aspects particular to the individual cyclist has a big impact on how you'll feel and perform on your new bike. Our size guidelines are not a substitute for a professional bike fit. If you have size questions, please don't hesitate to visit your local qualified bike fitter or reach out to us.

ROAD PERFORMANCE, ENDURANCE, GRAVEL & ADVENTURE MODELS | AR, FR, VR, BREED, BROAM

43cm 47cm / 48cm 51cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 61cm

RIDER HEIGHT
CM / FT

144.7 -152.4 cm
4’9”-5’0”

152.4 -167.6 cm
5’0”-5’5”

167.6 -172.7 cm
5’5”-5’8”

172.7 -177.8 cm
5’8”-5’10”

177.8 -182.8 cm
5’10”-6’0”

182.8 -187.9 cm
6’0”-6’2”

187.9 -195.5 cm
6’2”-6’5”

RIDER INSEAM
CM / INCHES Measured from crotch to floor.

67.3 -71.2 cm
26.5”-28.0”

71.2 -74.9 cm
28"-29.5"

75.1 - 76.2 cm
29.6’’-30.0”

77.9 -82.0 cm
30.7”-32.3”

81.0 -85.0 cm
31.9”-33.5”

84.0 -87.1 cm
33.1”-34.3”

87.3 -91.1 cm
34.4”-35.9”

TRIATHLON & TT MODELS | DA, IA*, B

48cm 51cm 54cm 56cm 58cm

RIDER HEIGHT
CM / FT

152.4 -167.6 cm
5’0”-5’5”

167.6 -172.7 cm
5’5”-5’8”

172.7 -180.3 cm
5’8”-5’11”

180.3 -187.9 cm
5’11”-6’2”

187.9 -195.5 cm
6’2”-6’5”

RIDER INSEAM
CM / INCHES Measured from crotch to floor.

70.8 -74.4 cm
27.9”-29.3”

74.4 - 77.9 cm
29.3’’-30.07”

77.9 -83.0 cm
30.7”-32.7”

83.0 -85.8 cm
32.7”-33.8”

85.8 -88.9 cm
32.7”-35.0”

*For additional insight on choosing the best size and set-up for your DA and IA models, please download and use our TRI/TT fit calculator.

CYCLOCROSS MODELS | FX

47cm 50cm 53cm 55cm 57cm 60cm

RIDER HEIGHT
CM / FT

152.4 -167.6 cm
5’0”-5’5”

167.6 -172.7 cm
5’5”-5’8”

172.7 -177.8 cm
5’8”-5’10”

177.8 -182.8 cm
5’10”-6’0”

182.8 -187.9 cm
6’0”-6’2”

187.9 -195.5 cm
6’2”-6’5”

RIDER INSEAM
CM / INCHES Measured from crotch to floor.

71.2 -74.9 cm
28”-29.5”

75.1 - 76.2 cm
29.6’’-30.0”

77.9 -82.0 cm
30.7”-32.3”

81.0 -85.0 cm
31.9”-33.5”

84.0 -87.1 cm
33.1”-34.3

87.3 -91.1 cm
34.4”-35.9”

TRACK MODELS | TK-FRD

52cm 55cm 57cm 60cm

RIDER HEIGHT
CM / FT

160.0 -167.6 cm
5’3”-5’5”

167.6 -175.2 cm
5’5”-5’9”

175.2 -180.3 cm
5’9”-5’11”

180.3 -187.9 cm
5’11”-6’2”

RIDER INSEAM
CM / INCHES Measured from crotch to floor.

75.1 -76.2 cm
29.6”-30.0”

77.9 - 82.0 cm
30.7’’-32.3”

81.0 -85.0 cm
31.9”-33.5”

84.0 -87.1 cm
33.1”-34.3”

FITNESS | VERZA

47cm / 48cm 51cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 61cm

RIDER HEIGHT
CM / FT

152.4 -167.6 cm
5’0”-5’5”

167.6 -172.7 cm
5’5”-5’8

172.7 -177.8 cm
5’8”-5’10”

177.8 -182.8 cm
5’10”-6’0”

182.8 -187.9 cm
6’0”-6’2”

187.9 -195.5 cm
6’2”-6’5”

RIDER INSEAM
CM / INCHES Measured from crotch to floor.

71.2 -74.9 cm
28.0”-29.5”

75.1 - 76.2 cm
29.6’’-30.0”

77.9 -82.0 cm
30.7”-32.3”

81.0 -85.0 cm
31.9”-33.5”

84.0 -87.1 cm
33.1”-34.3”

87.3 -91.1 cm
34.4”-35.9”

MTB FULL-SUSPENSION | Edict, Decree, COMPULSION

16" 18" 20" 22"

RIDER HEIGHT
CM / FT

158.4 -170.1 cm
5’3”-5’7”

170.1 -177.8 cm
5’7”-5’10”

177.8 -185.4 cm
5’10”-6’1”

185.4 -193.0 cm
6’1”-6’4”

RIDER INSEAM
CM / INCHES Measured from crotch to floor.

74.4 - 77.9 cm
28.0’’-30.7”

77.9 -83.0 cm
30.7”-32.7”

83.0 -85.8 cm
32.7”-33.8”

85.8 -88.9 cm
33.8”-35.0”

MTB HARDTAIL | DOCTRINE, DISPATCH

14" 16" 18" 20" 22"

RIDER HEIGHT
CM / FT

152.4 -167.6 cm
5’1”-5’4”

162.5 -170.1 cm
5’4”-5’7”

170.1 -177.8 cm
5’7”-5’10”

177.8 -185.4 cm
5’10”-6’1”

185.4 -193.0 cm
6’1”-6’4”

RIDER INSEAM
CM / INCHES Measured from crotch to floor.

70.8 -74.4 cm
27.3”-28.3”

74.4 - 77.9 cm
28.3’’-30.7”

77.9 -83.0 cm
30.7”-32.7”

83.0 -85.8 cm
32.7”-33.8”

85.8 -88.9 cm
32.7”-35.0”