Two Virginia’s Blue Ridge junior cyclists to represent Team USA in World Championships

Samantha Scott and Makala Jaramillo have been chosen to compete in the upcoming UCI Road World Championships

The athletes practiced right here in the Roanoke Valley

ROANOKE, Va. – Two local junior cyclists will be representing Team USA in this year’s world championships overseas, USA Cycling said.

Samantha Scott and Makala Jaramillo, two of Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 junior athletes, were chosen to represent the USA at the upcoming UCI Road World Championships, according to USA Cycling.

The two trained and raced on challenging roads of the area during the spring and summer months to prepare for this potential selection, Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 said.

Both junior athletes said that are delighted to be selected and represent Team USA in the upcoming competition.

“I am honored to represent Team USA in the upcoming 2022 Road World Championship. I am 17 years old and am very excited to race alongside the best junior female athletes in the world,” Jaramillo said. “I would like to give a very special thank you to the entire Virginia’s Blue Ridge community for hosting the 2022 Nationals Championships, which gave me the opportunity to compete and ultimately paved the way for me to go to this year’s Road World Championships.”

“I couldn’t be more excited and honored to wear the red white and blue. This means a lot to me since my coach Emma White and I have been working on it all season. I knew it would take a lot of time and dedication and that’s exactly what I did,” Scott said. “I put the hard work in and remained patient and trusted the process. I want to thank Virginia’s Blue Ridge for giving me a place to train for Nationals that gave me by best result all season. I am so excited!”

Scott’s coach, Emma White, expressed her excitement to Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24.

“Coaching young athletes is such a rewarding experience, especially when you can help them achieve their biggest goals. I am so excited to coach my first athlete into the World Championships this summer!” White said in the statement. “I remember the feeling of being selected for my first junior World Championships 9 years ago and I get to experience that all over again with Samantha. It has been amazing to see her grow and get stronger on the domestic and international stage. I have no doubt the work she continues to put in will show in Australia next month.”

USA Cycling said that the UCI Road World Championships are scheduled to be held from September 18 to September 25 in Wollongong, Australia.

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