Joseph Schmalz grew up around bikes. His father owned a bike shop and pretty much taught him everything he knows about bikes. It wasn’t until a few years later that he realized if he put forth enough effort that he had the option to make his passion for cycling a career. Growing up in Kansas where the cycling scene is not very large was a big challenge. When he first started in the sport it was very difficult to have to constantly be traveling out of town or out of the country to go to races. An original member of Elbowz Racing, he’s since spent the past few years on several professional teams including, Bissell Pro Cycling, Hincapie Racing and Elevate KHS Pro Cycling Team, all UCI CT teams.