19-year-old Austinite making impression in pro mountain biking

 A local mountain biker is making an impression as a pro.

Javier Zuniga says he's always had a passion for two wheels and now he's getting paid to do the sport he loves. It's something it seems like he was born to do.

Javier says he doesn't like being inside and his mom Angie says since he was little he "was always jumping on that bicycle, wanting to do dirt biking. Grandma got him into that."

Javier has been mountain bike racing for the last four years and the last two he's been doing it as a pro after picking up several sponsors.


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Angie says, "Mountain biking is not a cheap sport. It's not something that's easy to excel in and I think that's where we're even more impressed. We know how hard it is to be a part of that community. He's just flourished."

Javier broke his foot a couple of months ago and is already back on the trails and training but he hasn't been able to race in awhile. He's been working a full-time job and helping his parents out at their food truck in Georgetown.

Javier says it's the least he can do since his parents have done so much for him but he's ready to get back to racing.

"Right now is my prime time," Javier says. "So I'm making that priority before anything."