|Scott's Gallery Premier
Born: May 29, 1977
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Residence: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Weight: 173 lbs
Turned pro: 2004
Coming into his own as one of the strongest riders in North America, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's Scott Zwizanski earned his reputation as a support rider but has also played the role of team leader in some of the season's biggest races.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Scott was inspired to take up cycling by watching the former USPRO Championships, now the Philadelphia International Championship, and in 2006 had Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's top performance there, making the select lead group and attacking repeatedly in the closing miles.
Scott's best individual result of 2005 came at the Bermuda Grand Prix in September, where he placed 2nd overall after driving the winning breakaway during the race's longest stage. "I ended last season on a good note," Scott says, "and I'm looking forward to doing everything better this season."
Picking up in 2006 where he left off last season, Scott supported his teammates for most of the Amgen Tour of California in February before leaving his mark on the final stage as part of a four-rider break that led the 76-mile circuit race in Redondo Beach nearly from start to finish.
Later in the season, Scott is looking forward to a return to track cycling. In 2003, only his first year of racing on the velodrome, Scott finished 2nd in the the 10-mile event at the US Track Cycling Championships. In 2006, he hopes to leave his mark on the Lehigh Valley Velodrome's Friday night racing as well as the mass-start events at the national championships.
In 2004, Scott displayed tremendous toughness and commitment after crashing heavily and suffering serious facial injuries in June by not just returning to racing but placing third in the first stage of the Greenville Downtown Cycling Classic before the end of that same season.
In addition to his 2005 results in Bermuda, Scott took second place in the Pennsylvania Criterium Championships to former Olympic gold medalist Marty Nothstein and won the Tour de Medford in New Jersey with a long solo breakaway.
A former collegiate swimmer at the University of West Virginia, Scott has improved rapidly since quitting his full-time job as a civil engineer in 2002 and turning pro in 2004 with Ofoto.
"I'll keep racing as long as I keep improving," he says, "which should be a few more years since I got a late start in in cycling."