Andrew was born in Manhattan, New York on November 23rd 1988. At two years old he moved to Key Biscayne, Florida. In his early years Andrew found his niche in more extreme sports like surfing, skating, snowboarding and wake boarding. Andrew spent the majority of his summers in California or Hawaii where he first learned how to surf and fell in love with the ocean.
Finding the Bike
Andrew attended Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida beginning in the 6th grade. During his middle school, and into his high school, years Andrew was on the swim team and ran Cross Country until a stress fracture during his Junior year led him to the bike. While he originally viewed it as a form of rehab and a way to stay active, Andrew quickly fell in love with the freedom and excitement that cycling brought with it and found himself spending the early morning hours of his weekends hammering at various group rides around the Miami area. Boris Fernandez, then boyfriend to Andrew’s mother, Susan Amick, was the first one to notice Andrew’s talent on the bike and he helped arrange a trip to a local race. From that first time crossing the finish line Andrew knew he had found not only a sport he loved, but a passion that inspired and motivated him. After that first race Andrew was fortunate enough to join Laser-ES, a well organized Junior cycling program founded by Santi Gabino, a local South Florida businessman, that helped Andrew attend local and regional races as well as the Junior National Championships. Like many young cyclists in the Miami area, he also found local support at the local bike shop,Bikes-To-Go, run by Max Berger and enjoyed the encouragement of all the “local legends” at the group rides. Andrew credits his entry into the world of cycling to all the people of Miami who gave him a chance to see how far he could go in the sport.
College and the Pursuit of a Professional Contract
In the beginning of 2008 Andrew left Miami to attend Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina for one year during which he raced collegiately as well as for the US continental team, Toshiba. He won the collegiate Nationals Road Race at the end of his Freshman year which would also be the last time Andrew raced collegiately as he decided to pursue cycling full time. After a disastrous trip to Europe with Amore-Vita during the first half of 2009, Andrew returned back to the US and found his way to local and regional races such as Tour of the Gila and the Cascade Cycling Classic with the help and support of friends and family. It was during this time he met his wife, Kate Talansky, in Truckee, California and rediscovered the passion that he had originally felt for the bike. By the end of the year Andrew was back to winning local races and shortly thereafter moved to Napa, California with Kate. Despite his renewed motivation Andrew had a difficult time finding a ride for 2010 but Anthony Gallino, the man responsible for the Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized team at the time, took a chance on him.This led to a successful season where Andrew enjoyed great support that led to several domestic results including a U23 National TT championship as well as the opportunity to race in Europe with the USA U23 national team. His European campaign was capped off with a 2nd place overall in Tour de l’Avenir, a race widely regarded as the most important event for U23 riders in the world. In July of 2010 Andrew signed a three year contract with Slipstream Sports, realizing his dream of becoming a professional at the top level of the sport.
Andrew has been with the Slipstream Sports organization ever since turning professional in 2011, heading into 2017 racing under the Cannodale-Drapac banner. During his time as a pro Andrew has endured the highs and lows that always accompany professional sport but no matter what comes his way he always enjoys the journey.
Life Outside of Racing
These days Andrew and Kate split their time between Napa and Truckee, California and call Girona, Spain home while in Europe. Kate and Andrew share their love of the mountains and get up to Truckee as much as they can. They are also expecting their first child in February of 2017. Andrew still maintains his childhood love for the ocean and makes a point to get out for a few waves during the fall and winter. During the off season you can find Andrew on the beach, enjoying the trails on the mountain bike, cracking open a nice bottle of wine and spending time with family and friends over a good bbq.