At 22 years old, Life Time Grand Prix rider Alexey Vermeulen was living the life he always thought he wanted — as a pro road cyclist on the UCI WorldTour.
But he wasn’t living his dreams. He wasn’t making a positive impact in other people’s lives beyond bike racing like he wanted. So, he made a change. He hung up his road bike and chose a different path — an off-road journey that led him to the start line of the Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB on August 13, 2022 — stop #4 of the Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda.