Champion Cyclist, Grant Potter
Grant Potter rarely travels anywhere, whether it’s around Florida, the United States or abroad, without someone recognizing him. I guess that comes with a 25+ year racing career that’s still going strong. Grant competes in regional, national and international races in both the Pro/1/2 field as well as Masters (and more often both in the same day). Originally born in Scotland, Grant’s passion for travel began early when he left his homeland at the young age of 15. He landed in the U.S. at the age of 17, and has resided in South Florida ever since. Over the years, Grant has built a successful landscaping business that he recalls starting when he purchased his first van for $200 and an old push mower. Potter’s Lawn and Landscaping now operates with 60 employees, 15 trucks and a 15-acre nursery. As the business grew, Grant’s sister Nina joined him from Scotland to help manage the business and allow him to pursue his other passion: bicycle racing.
Although Grant remembers building bikes in his garage back in Scotland, he first raced motorcycles and completed in triathlons before ever attempting his first road race. There was no doubt he was a natural at the sport however. As a cat 5 racer, he competed in the Florida State Time Trial and had the fastest time of the day (even faster than the Pros!). Grant won his first three races ever and was given an automatic upgrade to a cat 4. Even though most of the seasoned racers at the time didn’t know who he was, Grant was invited to ride for a team doing the Cross County road race in Belize. The race started before sunrise in a graveyard and was 144 miles from Belize City to Guatemala and back. Despite torrential rains, crossing wooden and metal bridges along the way and plenty of crashes, Grant finished 7th. While most people would have taken up golf at that point, Grant was hooked! During Grant’s first race as a cat 4 (which happened to be the Florida State Criterium Championship) he lapped the field, earning another automatic upgrade to a cat 3.
Grant currently resides in Parkland, FL and is team captain for Stradalli Cycle – Safetti Smart Wear pro cycling team. Through Training With Potter camps and clinics, Grant is excited to share his passion and knowledge with other cyclists.
Grant’s career highlights include:
- 3-time Masters World Champion (2010, 2011, 2012)
- 17-time Florida State Champion
- 2009 USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals Criterium Champion
- 2005 Gold Medalist at Pan Am Games
There’s not a morning I wake up that I don’t want to ride my bike. — Grant Potter