Blake Walker thought his chance to compete in college might have passed him by - until a phone call from an old coach changed everything.
Walker's old coach is now his new coach, and he is the man responsible for the Boyle County senior joining the cycling team at Lindsey Wilson College.
"I definitely think if he wasn't there, I wouldn't be in the position I was in," Walker said.
Walker became active in competitive mountain biking in 2005, but he cut back his schedule last year.
But he recently signed with Lindsey Wilson thanks to his connection with David Grigsby, whom he retained as a personal coach a couple of years ago.
Grigsby, who founded an Internet-based coaching service, everybodysbikecoach.com, and who owns a London bike shop, was hired in January as coach at Lindsey Wilson, and soon after that he called Walker's father, Mark, to start recruiting Walker.