By Ben Welnak (Twitter at @Bwelnak) with Kelly Magelky
Photo Credit: Rob O'Dea
Humble, appreciative, and down-to-earth are not normal characteristics associated with modern athletes. Golden, Colorado resident, Kelly Magelky, is not your normal modern athlete. His hard work and positive attitude have paved the way to becoming one of the top endurance racers in professional mountain biking while building his own production company. He is dedicated to becoming the best in both worlds and is a true “nice guy” of the mountain biking world.
As a proud member of the Trek Team for the last three seasons, Kelly feels that the experience has helped to “shape his cycling career into an experience that (he) would have never dreamed of.” He has also formed many positive relationships through the team, including high-level executives, pro and local riders and racing teams.
Kelly started his successful 2010 season by dethroning the mountain biking icon, Travis Brown, at the very popular Gunnison Growler. He continued posting strong results throughout the season, including two top-10 finishes at Mountain States Cup races. During his final training leading up to the 24 Hour National Championships in Moab, he handled the Crested Butte 100 by taking the win by over four minutes. Moab was the last test of 2010. With redemption on his mind from his 2nd place finish in 2009, Kelly gave it everything he had in preparation, training, and racing for the National Championship.
I sat down with Kelly to discuss Moab, racing, career, and life. He was very engaging, informative, and eager to discuss many topics on and off the bike.
[303Cycling] Tell us a little about Kelly.
Originally from North Dakota, Kelly has very supportive parents, a brother, stepbrother, and half-sister. Although he is fond of his roots in the upper Midwest, it didn’t take long for him to move out and away after high school, moving to Colorado at 18. He admits that he was never very athletic, “I never really rode a bike and wasn’t athletic during high school. I ran cross country in middle school. I just worked and was really into cars.” Kelly doesn’t own any collector cars currently, but he reminisces about his early roots in racing. When he was 15 or 16, Kelly started racing stock cars at the local dirt track oval.