2015 has been a banner year for Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant / Specialized). He is one of the two Americans who have beaten Jeremy Powers so far this season, notching an impressive 16th place and five seconds ahead of Powers at Nacht Van Woerden in Belgium—fresh off of a personal-best 17th place in the U23 race at the Valkenburg World Cup the weekend before.

Ian Stowe had a chance to catch up with Ortenblad at his Santa Cruz home to talk with him about his season so far. Take a look!