Hobbies: Basketball, cars and building jumps
Favorite Race: Chula Vista SX
Favorite Place to Train: Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, Calif.
Best Cycling Memory: Racing the Olympic Trials
Best Advice Received From a Coach When Starting Out: Have fun. Do your best.
Motivation: "Winning. Accomplishing goals I have set for myself and enjoyng the process of becoming a better person and a better athlete. Always striving to improve."
Hero/Role Model: His father and grandfather
Cycling & Personal/Career Goals: Be consistent, long-term success, enjoy every moment of racing BMX because it doesn't last long.
Did You Know?: Corben enjoys training in 100-degree weather.
First Involvement in Cycling: His parents bought him a bicycle from Wal-Mart when he was 2 and he's been hooked ever since.
Family: Son of Jack and Karen Sharrah. Has one brother, Jacob, and two sisters, Kim and Cass.
OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE/UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
4th place — 2013 UCI BMX World Championships, Auckland, New Zealand, Time Trial
31st place — 2010-11 UCI BMX World Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark, Supercross
2010 Juniors World BMX Championships, qualified until semi main
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE
1st place — 2011 USA Cycling BMX National Championships, Chula Vista, California
1st place — 2009 USA Cycling National BMX Championships, 17-18 expert, Desoto, Texas
1st place - 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup #1, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
2010 American Bicycle Association Rookie Pro of the Year
1st place — 2010-11 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
6th place — 2010-11 UCI BMX World Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark, Time Trial
15th place — 2010-11 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Papendal, Netherlands
1st place - 2009 national rankings, amateur
2nd place - 2010 UCI BMX Supercross, time trial, Madrid, Spain
3rd place - 2010 UCI BMX Supercross, Copenhagen, Denmark
5th place - 2010 UCI BMX Supercross, overall
PERSONALCorben Sharrah (pronounced like "hurrah") was only two when his parents brought home a bike that they got from an indiscriminate "big box" store. What mattered more to Corben than brand and components was that he could make it go forward and, as he recalls, he jumped on the bike and never stopped riding.
If riding, training and racing weren't enough for Corben, he designed and built a BMX practice track in his backyard to sharpen his skills even more. Corben is quick to say that the track isn't a full-sized BMX track but his description suggests that the design has been carefully thought-out with respect to competition tracks. The first straight is two Supercross-like doubles, which are 23-ft and 38-ft, up next comes a left turn, the rhythm section, a right turn into a six pack of dirt jumps, a right hand turn into a long and low double with a roller, big roller, and little roller, then a kicker back into the second straight. Next to that is a full set of dirt jumps that end up going back into the track part.
BMX racing, unlike any other discipline in cycling, begins at the childish age of five, when young racers may lack more adult concepts like self-sacrifice and suffering. It is important at any age, however, to have support and Corben points to his parents, brothers, sister, and his grandfather who kept telling him to move forward, that he was able to do anything on a bike.
In his spare time, he does his school work, builds new jumps, or hangs out with his family and friends, either barbequing or just plain relaxing.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Corben keeps rhythm off the bike by rapping out songs and throwing in a creative dance move every now and then.