He’s not an outright sprinter, climber, or general classification rider, but Kiel Reijnen is capable in each, giving the proficient all-rounder plenty of opportunity. The American has proved himself in each area with stage wins and claiming the sprinters jersey for two years at the USA Pro Challenge, winning the first stage at the Tour of Utah (2015), overall victories in the Tour of Rwanda (2011) and Tour of Thailand (2010), and the mountains classification at the Tour de Langkawi (2015).
Kiel took a slow, well-calculated route to reach the WorldTour level arriving at age 29, a late-bloomer, but he’s not worried. “One of the things I like about my progression is that each step I took, I spent a while there and learned how to be able to win at that level,” he says. Now he is ready to help the team win and win himself.
He hails from Bainbridge Island, Washington and recently moved back with his wife Jordan after nine years in Boulder, Colorado. 'The Island' holds a very special place in his heart; a community that has given him unconditional support and allowed him to reach the top echelons of cycling. A big motivation for Kiel is to do well for them.
Winning the National Championships is Kiel’s white whale: the race he has been chasing and chasing, but has failed to raise his arms in victory. He has finished third in four of the past six years, and 2015 was particularly crushing: Kiel appeared on his way to victory when a late puncture in the last kilometers ended his dream again.
More than just someone who only pedals a bike, Kiel is adept at carpentry, loves to cook and garden, and true to his roots, loves hiking, boating, or foraging for his next meal in the woods or sea. Kiel is two courses shy of obtaining his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado University, which he has deferred until 2020. It’s important, but he knows that at his age joining Trek-Segafredo is a dream that needs to play out first.