Todd Wells (Durango, Colorado)
Todd Wells is a two-time U.S. Olympian, multiple-time national cross-country and short track champion, and two-time national cyclocross champion.
Wells began racing in 1994 as a college freshman at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. His talent was evident early on, as he won the collegiate national cross-country championships in 1995 and 1996. He left college after three years to turn pro with Specialized-Mountain Dew, promptly winning the inaugural National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) semi-pro championship.
A two-year hiatus with IBM as an information technology specialist, rather than as a rider, proved healthy more for his wallet than for his heart, and only confirmed to him that he belonged in a saddle, not a desk chair.
He returned to professional mountain biking, and four years later he represented the U.S. in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Wells returned to the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing, again as a member of the cross-country team. He was unsuccessful in his earlier Olympic bids, finishing 19th in 2004 and 43rd in 2008, but since then he has won at the Sea Otter Classic (2009 and 2011) and the Pan American cross-country mountain bike championship (2010). In 2011, which Wells has called his best season to date, he scored his best-ever world championships results, with seventh in the cross-country.
An avid golfer, Wells was the first person to win the national cross-country, short track, and cyclo-cross national championships in the same year, in 2010.