Bobby Lea (Topton, Pennsylvania)
Bobby Lea represented the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the madison, so is no stranger to the pressure-cooker environment he will face in London.
Lea began racing on the track at age four, earning a business degree from Pennsylvania State University and more than 40 national track titles since. He trains and races on the road, a factor he says biases his skill set towards endurance track riding.
His resume agrees, and nearly all of his listed Olympic, world championship, and World Cup experience is in either the omnium or the madison. His highlights are a seventh place in the 2008 world championships in Manchester in the debut of the omnium, and a second place in the 2008-2009 World Cup in Copenhagen in the madison.
His parents are both competitive cyclists, and his brother, who suffered hypoxic brain damage at birth, is a five-time gold medalist in the Special Olympics.
Lea, who underwent corrective surgery to arteries in his legs in 2007, will be hoping to emulate his brother’s success in the London Olympics this summer.