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Freddy Ovett always intended to go pro — just not as a cyclist.
The Scottish-born Australian came to the U.S. on a running scholarship to the University of Oregon. A running injury led to cycling for rehab, which led to a career on the bike.
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Part of the popular L39ION of Los Angeles team since 2021, Ovett came to the American squad via the Israel Cycling Academy.
And while road racing is clearly in his wheelhouse, he is enjoying exploring the breadth of cycling offerings, whether in gravel or criteriums or in esports. Last year he was second at Zwift’s UCI esports world cycling championship.
“I love jumping in crits. I basically just love competing and the team loves that I love competing and supports me in any way possible,” he said. “I do consider myself extremely lucky because I would say Legion is more or less the only team in the world that is like that.”
Oh, and he’s still a fast runner; he did a 2:48:55 at the Los Angeles Marathon last year.
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