Kevin Selker, vegan track cyclist
Cycling for the US
Kevin Selker is an American track cyclist. Kevin has competed in sprint events for a number of years and since age 20 (2005) has been recording placings at national collegiate level.
In December 2006 Kevin was selected in the US national squad as by then he was National Senior champion. He represented his nation in Team Sprint, Sprint and Keirin when they competed in Moscow. The following year he represented America in the World Cup in Sprint, and he travelled to South America with the US team to compete in the Continental Championships in Track Endurance.
With such a distinguished career it might prove difficult to pick a highlight, although to Kevin winning the Oregon state championships as a junior ranks very high, as he was not expected to win. The national title and silver medal on the Track also rank very high for him.
“I win a few road races every year, and any race where I win is awesome, especially when I can beat up on the pros based here in Boulder. Coming back to my hometown last summer and winning their inaugural downtown crit was pretty fun too!”
Kevin stopped eating meat aged 13 (1998) and in 2007 he changed his diet from ‘mostly vegan’ to full vegan. "It was a long process but now that I am vegan I am amazed how easy it is, and I wish I had gone fully vegan sooner.”
Originally Kevin was motivated by the horrors of the animal food industries and became vegetarian, accepting that it was not as far as he would like to go. For a while he continued, and years later was encouraged by vegan friends, including a girlfriend to whom is he is now married. “Quickly I became an "at home vegan" where I would cook totally vegan in the house. Finally, about 6 years ago I "cut out the crap" and just went all the way. It's so easy I am ashamed it took me so long.”
He now enjoys a variety of food from around the world – especially when eating out - including falafel, pita, a range of Indian foods, thai and Vietnamese. A typical dinner at home might be tempeh stir fry with some sort of grain, or soft corn tacos with beans, lentils and guacamole. He enjoys pasta, including spaghetti with bean balls.
Some people are surprised to find Kevin is vegan, but his record of achievement speaks for itself and there are few issues. Kevin plans to keep riding for his whole life and to promote the sport. He also enjoys mentoring younger cyclists and helping them tactically, which he find very rewarding.
“It would be great one year to go back to Track nationals and chase another title, but life keeps getting in the way. I spent a seson as a pro on track-cycling team, but the constant travelling and lack of intellectual stimulation got old fast.”
Despite all the training commitments Kevin is also completing a Ph.D in Mathematics. Whatever he does, Kevin’s emphatic about veganism. "It has never been easier and more important to go vegan than it is now. Even if everyone just ate vegan at home or just ate vegan five days a week, it would make a huge difference.”