Powless focused on European success in 2017

Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman) was a busy man in 2016. In a single season, the 20-year-old mountain-biker-turned-roadie established himself as a top rider in both the US and the international U23 peloton, winning national calendar races and California's best young rider jersey in the States, then soloing to the queen stage win at the Tour de l'Avenir in France later in the year.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.