Karl “Rudy” Kahsar, 23, Boulder, Colo.
2011 was a banner year for Kahsar, who became first person to ever win Collegiate Nationals and the Age Group National Championships in the same season (he also finished second among amateurs at the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Champs). A chemical engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, Kahsar will continue to race at the collegiate level while also testing the waters in non-drafting events, including the 5150 series. He plans to make his pro debut at Rev3 Knoxville in May and looks forward to the challenge. “I didn’t go pro for anything other than new competition,” he says. “People ask if I am going to train more now, or get a heart rate monitor; as far as I am concerned, the only change is what wave I will start in.”