Meet Daylight's Corben Sharrah
Riding out of the "loudest city in BMX", Tucson's favorite BMX son has taken his considerable talents and hard work from his legendary backyard track - where from a young age Corben was known to operate his own heavy equipment - to the sport's most elite track this past summer in Rio de Janeiro, as just one of three American men racing BMX for Team USA.
Known for his effortless style, Corben is considered one of the most natural, smoothest riders to have ever raced a BMX bike. At just 9 years-old, the top pros of the day were already noticing the "flat-pedal kid". It was the era when clipless pedals were taking over the amateur ranks, but mom, Karen, and dad, Jack, were unconvinced and encouraged Corben to keep riding flats. Still, Corben competed with the fastest. Yes, he would make the move to "clips" for racing, but he continued to train on flats as he built bigger and bigger jumps, acquiring skills along the way that eventually took him to the USA BMX National #1 Amateur title.
Turning pro, Corben found similar, early success and seemed well on his way to dominating the national and international pro ranks. But a badly broken leg forced him out of competition and into both the greatest physical and mental challenge of his racing career. Determined, he fought back, but In 2012 he just missed the Olympic team cut and was selected as the men's alternate. This past June, however, at the USA Olympic Trials in Chula Vista, CA, Corben was determined to achieve what he had been working for these past four year. And in commanding style, he indeed won every lap - punching his "ticket to Rio". Although he barely missed the final in Rio by tie breaker, finishing 9th overall, Corben's love of the sport and his desire to stand atop the podium saw him jump right back into competition - pursing the 2016 UCI SX World Cup Series title which he currently leads.
Although Daylight is a new chapter in Corben's story, our personal history together goes way back as Daylight Cycles Owner, Richard Huvard, had been Corben's Team Manager for nearly 10 years of his amateur career. So when looking for a home and a bike to help him achieve his goals, it was fitting that Corben reconnected with the Richard at the perfect time for both. At Daylight, we know we couldn't be more fortunate than to have Corben as a part of our team - both on the track and in the Arc c1 design studio. You might say that we are all... seeing daylight!