Peter Moore ’23 can be found riding his bike in the small town of Bernin, a picturesque commune nestled in the foothills of the French Alps. In the past five months, Moore hasn’t been in the same place for more than two weeks. He has already traveled to ten different countries on three continents while competing for the United States National Track Cycling Team.
Moore started cycling when he was eight years old and started racing bikes when he was eleven, but it wasn’t until just over two years ago that he decided he wanted to compete full time in the sport he loved. After finishing his junior year in May, Moore embarked on this expedition and moved to Europe to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional cyclist.
“I was a cross-country skier and cyclist until the pandemic. I skied on the Nordic ski team my freshman year and have since moved to Europe full-time to compete,” Moore said. “I kept running and [hopefully will qualify for] the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Since arriving in Europe, Moore has competed on a number of European track and road teams, competing in both track cycling and road racing and qualified for the World Championship team this year. He is driven by his constant desire for perfection.
“I really realized this year that the actual results of the race themselves don’t matter as much as the performance I can put in on the D-Day. So in training, in the race, I’m always looking ways to be better,” Moore said. “It also helps me to have been able to cycle in absolutely beautiful places all over Europe, South America and North America.”
Moore will start winter training in France but will then return home for the holidays to see his family. After his quick return home, Moore will return directly to Europe to compete in the Nations Cup, which will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia, Cairo, Egypt and Canada.
His favorite thing about traveling to all these places is that everywhere in the world he found a support network waiting for him.
“I think my favorite thing about cycling is that it doesn’t matter where in the world you go, whatever the culture [they have] or what language people speak, there’s always that built-in group of friends,” Moore said. “They all have the same interests as you, and you always have something to say.”
Moore is taking two college years to pursue cycling and then plans to return to Bowdoin in the fall of 2024 to complete her biology major. Even halfway around the world, Moore still found a connection to the College in Bilbao, Spain, where he visited a recent Bowdoin graduate.
“I was there to visit a friend [from] Bowdoin, just to take a week of cycling and exploring a bit, and we had a great time in Bilbao,” Moore said.
Moore plans to continue practicing professional cycling until the Paris Olympics in 2024 and will then reevaluate to see what his future holds. Qualifying for the Olympics won’t happen for another year, but Moore plans to work hard until then.
“I’m always on the hunt for that perfect performance,” Moore said.