Rathe quietly impressive for Garmin-Barracuda

Jacob Rathe and Dan Martin

Jacob Rathe and Dan Martin (Image credit: Lucas Gilman)

Amid the dusty hustle and bustle in the team parking lot immediately following the 2012 Amgen Tour of California's closing sprint through downtown Los Angeles, Jacob Rathe, Garmin-Barracuda's barely 21-year-old neo-pro, was alternately speaking with media and signing autographs for fans who had ventured over from the more high-volume podium mayhem.

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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.