Athletes to watch: Howard Grotts

Athletes to watch: Howard Grotts

If you’re looking for hope in men’s American Mountain Biking, look no farther than Howard Grotts. This Durango, Colorado native is the best male rider of his generation … so that means life is easy sailing, right? Well, not so much. The man who has achieved the pinnacle of the sport in his own nation now realizes that the world mountain biking scene is not quite so discernable as, say, golf or tennis. There’s no clear path to success, no series of events with overflowing prize purses. Grotts is no stranger to overcoming difficulty: in 2015 he suffered the heartbreaking loss of his brother, Donnie, to heroin. Now, Grotts will have to once again show that he’s made of strong stuff if he hopes to elevate past “best in the country” to “best in the world.”

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