It is hard to find a more-decorated American cyclist today than Coryn Rivera. Go ahead and try, but with 72 national championships in road, track, MTB and cyclocross—including the 2018 U.S. elite road title—to her name, not to mention a Tour of Flanders victory and a world title in the team time trial with Team Sunweb, Rivera has already put together an amazing palmarès. And though she has been racing bikes since age 9, her international career is only just beginning. With a graduate degree in business marketing, the 26-year-old Southern Californian was happy to complete our Proust questionnaire to provide us a unique look into the life of this modern-day champion.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Laughing with the people I love.
What is your greatest fear? Bugs and fruit.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Being impatient.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Being rude.
Which living person do you most admire? My parents.
What is your greatest extravagance? Eating American bacon.
What is your current state of mind? Relaxed.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Obedience.
On what occasion do you lie? I hate lying and liars, so I never do.
What do you most dislike about your appearance? My tan lines.
Which living person do you most despise? Can’t say.
What is the quality you most like in a man? Being understanding.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Being themselves and not trying to be like someone else.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Dude.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? The bike and Nathan.
When and where were you happiest? Riding my bike along the beach or sleeping in my bed.
Which talent would you most like to have? To sing or play the guitar.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Be more understanding.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Finding my love for the bike.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? A dog—probably a Frenchie or dachshund.
Where would you most like to live? On an island.
What is your most treasured possession? My first vintage timepiece.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Having no confidence.
What is your favorite occupation? Riding a bike.
What is your most marked characteristic? Being short…5-foot-1 to be exact.
What do you most value in your friends? Being there through thick and thin.
Who are your favorite writers? Lemony Snicket [the pseudonym of American writer and musician Daniel Handler, author of children’s novels in the “All The Wrong Questions” series].
Who is your hero of fiction? Mulan [Disney character based on the legendary Chinese female warrior].
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Pocahontas.
Who are your heroes in real life? My parents.
What are your favorite names? Porsche.
What is it that you most dislike? Disrespect.
What is your greatest regret? Not trying.
How would you like to die? Knowing I always gave 110 percent.
What is your motto? What you do in life echoes in eternity.