Introducing: Makayla MacPherson

American Makayla MacPherson was 32nd in the women's junior time trial and fifth in the junior road race in 2021 UCI Road Worlds in Flanders
American Makayla MacPherson was 32nd in the women's junior time trial and fifth in the junior road race in 2021 UCI Road Worlds in Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Makayla MacPherson is one of two up-and-coming teenagers signed by Human Powered Health for the next two seasons. This past year as a member of the amateur LUX Cycling development squad and USA Cycling’s junior women’s national team, MacPherson checked off a huge number of boxes on the ‘to do’ list before her 19th birthday – a US Junior road race title, two wins in European stage races, several podiums in elite women’s criterium events, and a first semester at college. Turning 19 in mid September, she then went on to finish fifth in U23 Road Race World Championships in Flanders, won a US elite track title and signed a two-year contract to race professionally in the top-tier of cycling. 

Cyclingnews spoke with the young Californian who has now extended her roots in Tennessee at Milligan University and will soon set up shop in Spain with Human Powered Health, which has submitted an application for a Women’s WorldTour licence for 2022 and 2023. 

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