My name is Joshua “Pro” Hartman (born February 21, 1998) and I am an American Track Racer and a 2020 Olympic hopeful. My story is one of true grit and determination and after surviving a horrific crash that nearly killed me my passion for the sport has only grown. I began track racing at the infamous Kissena Velodrome in Queens, NY in 2012 under the guidance of the Star Track Cycling program at the age of 14. My devotion for the sport quickly blossomed and soon I was competing and winning in amateur road races throughout New York City against men nearly twice my age. By the end of the summer I made the faithful decision to enter the Red Hook Crit (RHC), a competitive track style street race then held at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The RHC started out like any other race however by the end of the qualifying round I experienced a near-death crash – landing face first on the foot of the protective guardrail. The crash left me in a coma for two weeks and for nearly 8 weeks in the trauma unit suffering from damage to my eye socket, a shattered jawbone and lasting damage to my face.
Nearly a year to the date of my crash I entered my first road race at Floyd-Bennett-Field in NYC and scored a 1st Place Win. In short, my season back on the bike was nothing more than phenomenal. Not only did I push through the mental and physical trauma of my crash, but I rounded out the season as New York State Jr. Track Champion.
In 2016 I graduated from Automotive H.S in Brooklyn, NY and spent the summer in Trexlertown, PA to competing in USA Jr. National Championships. After three days of competition at Nationals I collected a Silver medal in both the Keirin and Match Sprint and a Bronze medal in the Team Sprint. And was ask to join the USA National Cycling Team.
This past Summer 2017 my teammates and I won a Gold Medal at the National Championships in Cason, California.
I currently resides in Colorado Spring training, eating and sleeping. And if I maintain my current trajectory I get the chance to represent America in 2020 summer games in Tokyo.
Your donation will help support my training, equipment and international race schedule this summer.
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have and thank you in advance for you donation.
From tragedy to triumph, from near death to near the Olympics. Check out the my film. I hope it inspires you too. Please share it if it does.
Carolyn Walton Lynch