Columbine Student, National Champion Headed To New Zealand To Take Title

Littleton, Colo. (March 12, 2019) – Samantha Soriano is a quiet triumph for the town of Littleton, Colorado. By day, she passes as a high-school senior, maintaining a 4.5 grade-point average, practicing piano, and eating too much gummy candy. But when she’s off the school clock, she’s a badass on the women’s national downhill bike circuit – and she’s headed to New Zealand this week to leave no question as to why she’s the 2018 Mountain Bike National Championships U.S. Pro Women’s National Champion.

Soriano will kick off the international competitive season in Rotura, New Zealand on March 19 at the Crankworx Rotura festival, which brings together the world’s most elite in downhill mountain biking. The 2019 season will be Soriano’s first as a full-time elite racer.

“After traveling the world racing World Cups, Crankworx and the Pro GRT circuit nationally, I’ve learned about the commitment needed to compete at the professional level,” said Soriano. “I’m ready to put in the time and dedication to achieve my dream of being one of the top female racers.”

In 2018 alone, Soriano racked up 10 titles, taking the top spot in the Pro Women’s Nationals and became the youngest women ever to take the national-championship title in pro women. She also took first slots in the Overall Pro GRT Series Pro Women, the Crankworx Canadian Open Junior Women, and the win at the Mountain Creek Pro GRT Pro Women races.

“She’s a little deceiving to the eye,” said Soriano’s brother, Ross Soriano, who also races worldwide in elite downhill competition. “She’s petite and bubbly, but she’s has a fierceness about her that says ‘don’t get in my way’.”

Soriano said she plans to defend her title as national champion, stand on the podium at Cranworx in New Zealand and claim a top spot in the World Cup in 2019.

“It’s an exciting time,” said Soriano. “I’m finishing one chapter of my life and charging full-speed ahead into the next one. I want to stay grounded to whom I am, and yet push the envelope to become all I can be. This is my year!”

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