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Interview: Garmin's All Rounder Danny Summerhill
By Luke Allingham
Date: 12/15/2011
Interview: Garmin's All Rounder Danny Summerhill

Interview:  Danny Summerhill
A chat with Garmin-Cervélo's 22 year old talented Young Gun Danny Summerhill on his cross career and 2012 ambitions

Danny Summerhill is an 22 year old American cyclist, who currently  he rides for the Chipolte Development team. A seven time USA champion in road and cyclocross, he was born and raised in Colorado's capital, Denver.

Summerhill is 6' 1" tall and weighs about 177 pounds. Danny's all round talents include short uphill sprints and sprint ead outs; but he is as comfortable in a stage race, cyclocross and the mountain bike disciplines. An aggressive rider Danny is often seen off the front in the breaks. In cyclocross he is no less aggressive, his finest moment was winning a sliver medal in the 2007 U23   UCI World Cyclocross championships,

2011 UCI World Cup, HoogerheideUSA's Daniel Summerhill
 Photo © 2011 Bart Hazen

Luke Allingham: What are your plans for 2012 season?

Danny Summerhill: Right now I am just taking it one step at a time! I have been given an amazing opportunity from Garmin to ride the end of season races with them which has been a lot of fun and an incredible learning and experience. I will probably try to do a hand full of cross races, mostly UCI and nationals, then officially call it a season.

Kalmthout Cross, Belgium
Daniel Summerhill
Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen


L.A.: What do you like about Slipstream Sports - Garmin-Cervélo?

Danny Summerhill: Well I have basically been under JV's wing and the Slipstream fold since I was 16. So this is really the only cycling home I have ever known. I think they do the best that can be done, in everything they do as a team and for us as individual riders. This is my home.

L.A.: How did you start the sport of cycling?

Danny Summerhill: Unlike everyone I grew up with, my mom actually got me in to it when I was about 11. I raced everything from BMX, to down hill, dual slalom, MTB and Cyclocross and eventually enjoyed racing road and cyclocoss the most.

L.A.: What do you think you career highlights are so far?

Danny Summerhill-2nd at the junior world Cyclocross world championships still follows me around a bit but I’d like to move way from that cross image and more in to road. Most recently, getting 3rd overall at the Tour of China last year and 4th on the last stage of USA Pro Cycling Challenge, along with winning a hand full of KOM and Sprint jerseys and best team GC over all a few times have been huge highlights for me.

2007 World Championships: Daniel Summerhill shows off his Silver Medal
Photo c. Karen Lambrecht

L.A.: What advice would you give to an amateur cyclist who wants to become professional?

Danny Summerhill: Make sure you enjoy what you are doing. Training hard and putting in the miles is hard, so of you can look past the pain on those hard days and remember the fun in what you are doing that should help!

2007 USA Cyclocross Championships: Danny Summerhill (Clif Bar Development) 
Photo © 2011 Action Images

L.A.: Do you have any hobbies that you do off the bike?

Danny Summerhill: Dirt biking, snow boarding, speed skating (ice) and hanging out with family and friends when time allows.

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