2021 Dave DeSantis Award
Bill Daley has been named the 2021 male Dave DeSantis XTERRA Legacy Grant recipient, enabling him to pursue his boldest XTERRA travel dreams in 2021.
For Bill, a retired high school mountain bike coach from Massachusetts, the grant provides all the motivation he needs to combine his longtime passion for racing and adventure with his newfound love for triathlon and XTERRA.
“In fourth grade I removed the banana seat and monkey bars from my Columbia Tripper and along with some borrowed parts and a can of black spray paint transformed it into a crude but functional BMX bike. Over the next three summers we rode for hours on a BMX track we had built in a nearby Christmas tree farm, all while imagining we were riding in the BMX World Championships. Fast forward 40 years later, and with this grant, here I am with a chance to race in the dirt at XTERRA Worlds in Maui for real.”
Daley said his biggest goals for 2021 are to continue his progression as an endurance athlete, father, and husband, and to carry the torch for DeSantis.
“I could not be more excited to have been awarded the Dave DeSantis Legacy Grant Award,” said Daley. “I never had the pleasure of meeting Dave, but I realize he remains a true ambassador of XTERRA racing and an inspiration to the entire community. I hope to carry on and share his love of racing, joyful camaraderie, and positive spirit with the world.”