Clayton grew up in Los Angeles, California but spent most of his time riding bikes and helping out at his grandparents ranch. When it came time to look for colleges he knew he wanted to get out of California, and CU Boulder seemed like a perfect fit with ample outdoor opportunities. Once in Colorado, Clayton joined the CU Cycling team and started racing and riding mountain bikes almost every weekend. During four years of racing, somehow he also had time to complete a degree in geology. He hopes to use the rock and soil identification skills he gained at CU to find the perfect path down the mountain, and shave a few tenths of a second off his race runs. In addition to mountain biking, Clayton enjoys tying flies to use on his next fly fishing adventure, camping, and of course, playing stump!