Daniel Conley became a hit on the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona circuit last spring winning several events including the Payson Pounder, Prescott Punisher and Estrella Especial.
The 13-year-old cyclist has now expanded his list of accomplishments to include road racing.
At the U.S.A. Arizona Cycling champions at Mormon Lake, the teen cycled his way to a first place finish in the 13-14 years age group.
His time of just less than 40 minutes on a 16-mile course was not only an age group best but also the quickest in the junior division (ages 10-18).
Conley burst onto the local cycling scene in February at a season opening MBAA race held near McDowell Mountain.
Although he did not finish the race because the derailleur on his bicycle broke, he showed enough promise for local cycling guru Wayne Gorry to predict he would become a force on the racing circuit.
Gorry's confidence in the young rider was rewarded only a month later at the Estrella race.
After watching the youth pedal to a first place finish in the junior division, Gorry said, "He had an incredible race. He took the lead early and finished the lap in a very fast 59:47. To break one hour on a course this difficult is a major accomplishment for someone his age."
Conley says he is anxiously looking forward to the 2007 MBAA season, which kicks off in January. Conley is sponsored by Manzanita Adventure Sports.