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August 14, 2009

Ride to Winn

Canadian champion cyclist makes Union College his home

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Although Winn is an American national champion cyclist, he is actually a Canadian citizen. However, Winn proves that you do not have to live in Kentucky to be a country boy from a small town.

Born and raised in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, Zach Winn is the eldest son of Will and Bev Winn. His father is a steel mill worker, and his mother is a social worker. Winn has two younger brothers, Bennett, 18, and Luke, 15.

Although cycling runs in the family, as Winn’s dad is a cyclist, Winn first became interested in cycling through an elementary school friend. Winn has since raced for ten years, but has only been serious about racing for the last six.

According to Winn, “I mostly do mountain bike races, but I have done road races in the past.”

It was Winn’s racing experience that first caught the attention of Union’s cycling team. A member of the women’s cycling team contacted Winn on the Internet about becoming a Union cyclist.

“Amanda McKay sent me a message on Facebook telling me about the men’s team and asked if I was interested,” Winn said.

You would think that making a move from Ontario, Canada to Barbourville would be a big change, but Winn said that the two places are not so different. He fit right in since two of his favorite interests are fishing and NASCAR.

“I live in a small town in a rural area in Canada, so it’s not a whole lot different in that aspect.” Winn continued, “I have noticed that the sports and foods that people enjoy are different. Kentucky is all about basketball and football, while Canada is 100 percent hockey.”

While it was Winn’s decision to attend Union College that led him to the Bulldog cycling team, it was hard work and determination that made him the NCCA Division II Omnium National Champion.

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