- Rider Number #12
- Speciality Sprinter
- Age 25
- Home Town San Pedro, CA
- Country USA
- Height: 5’ 5’’
- Weight: 138 lbs
- Years Racing: 8
- Education: Fort Lewis College
- Career Highlights:
- 4X Elite Track National Champion
- D1 Collegiate National Champion
- 2013 National Track Calendar Sprint Champion
- Top placings in over 20 velodromes around the world
- One of the most talented female athletes in the U.S.
- An excellent sprinter who will be feared in endurance events as well
- A tough competitor who never gives up
Originally from Minnesota, Missy Erickson’s early years included being crowned as Little Miss Minnesota at age 8, junior NHRA Drag racing titles throughout her early teens and recognition as a top ranked Nordic skier during high school.
Her crossover from drag racing and Nordic skiing to cycling was complete after winning two national championship medals in her first year of bike racing in 2007 and the invitation to join the USA National Team the next year. Four years on cycling scholarship at Fort Lewis College and national team travel honed her sprint talent to where she has become a stellar performer in short fast track events with over 20 UCI international wins and four elite National Track Championship titles to her credit.
In May 2015, she was involved in a training crash that broke her collarbone in three places, fractured her wrist, tore ligaments and meniscus, and gave her a severe concussion. After just two months, she competed at the UCI Marymoor Grand Prix, winning both the keirin and match sprint and later competed at the 2015 Pan Am Championships in September, where she placed 4th in the keirin, the highest sprint placing of both men and women. She has been selected to the USA long team for the Rio Olympics and will be using the WCL premiere event to prove she’s back!
3.15.16 Huffington Post Sports Article: World Cycling League’s Missy Erickson: “Traumatic Accident Made Me Better”