Lt Col (Ret) Jim Lawrence // Cycling
Date of Birth03/29/1968
BirthplaceBossier City, LA
Current ResidenceColorado Springs, CO
StrengthsTrack Sprint, Track Time Trial
Jim began his athletic pursuits as a swimmer in high school, where he became a state champion in backstroke and multiple relay events. While attending the US Air Force Academy, Jim began racing short course triathlon, which led to training and racing Ironman length events. In the span of 12 years, as his family grew with the addition of 3 children, Jim completed 10 Ironman races, while his wife completed. As his kids became involved in the local junior development cycling team, one of the coaches suggested the kids try the velodrome. The entire family signed up and gave it a try, and Jim’s track cycling career began.
In the first year of competition on the track, it became apparent that, despite 20+ years of endurance training, Jim strength was in the short sprint events. At Master’s Track Nationals, with no race experience, he finished 4th in the sprints and decided to refocus his training for those events. The following year, 2013, saw dramatic improvements, with Jim setting a UCI Master’s World Record in the Flying 200m Time Trial, reaching the Master’s Nationals podium in all three events he raced, and placing 4th in those events in his first participation at the Master’s Track World Championships. Fueled by the success, Jim continued to improve in 2014, winning his first National Championship (in the 1km Time Trial), reaching the podium in all three events again, and grabbing two podiums at the World Championships. The following year, Jim swept the sprint events (Sprint, Time Trial, and Team Sprint) at Master’s Nationals and podiumed in all three events at Master’s Worlds. 2016 saw Jim reset his World Record, defend his title in all three events at Nationals, achieve his highest individual podium (silver) at Worlds, and place fourth in the Time Trial at Elite Track Nationals at the age of 48.
In 2016, after 26 years of service, Jim retired from the United States Air Force and Colorado Air National Guard. He currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO, and flies for United Airlines. He enters 2017 as a 7-time National Champion, defending his title in 3 events, with one World Record (Flying 200m TT) and two National Records (Flying Lap, Standing 500m TT), and high hopes for an exceptional year of racing.