WATCH: Md. cyclist looks to be first Black woman to compete for Team USA at 2028 Olympics

It’s a story that’s off-the-bike-chain inspiring, about a Maryland high school student, who also happens to have Olympic cycling dreams.

In this edition of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax went out for a spin with Maize Wimbush, the 17-year-old junior national champion, who is breaking barriers in the sport, one pedal at a time.

Wimbush is eyeing a spot on the 2028 Team USA cycling team, where she could be the first Black woman to represent the country on the Olympic stage in the sport.

Part of the inspiration for her dream comes from her dad, Mark, who is part father, part coach, part motivator and a serious cyclist himself. The bond the two share is unique, and their banter will make you laugh out loud.

Wimbush begins racing again this February. You can follow her journey on her social media.

In the meantime, check out this video of Matt’s (attempted) ride along with Wimbush, where he got a taste of what it takes to be the best behind the handlebars!

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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