What kind of cyclist are you?
All day singletrack/off the beaten path. Speed is appreciated but not necessary.
How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
I’ve been an avid cyclist since about 1997. I built up a Giant ATX890 from my brother’s hand-me-downs and he took me out to ride some local ‘rogue’ trails. Before then I had only ridden on fire roads or ATV trails. My first taste of singletrack sunk the hook.
The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
My first gravel century (Almanzo 100) was a test of not only my physical capabilities, but mental as well. A true display of blood, sweat and tears.
Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
Northern MN/Northern WI. Riding single track or exploring the unknown, there’s some magic in the north woods of the Midwest that you can’t find anywhere else.
Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
The Dolomite Alps has always been a dream destination. The landscape, the people, the amazing trail system…It’s a playground for bikers and explorers.
How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
A bicycle is my escape from everything that gnaws at me on a daily basis. It’s a place for instant clarification and a place for total concentration.
How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
Multi-day expeditions are on my agenda. Always in search of new trail, new terrain and new experiences on my bike.
Who inspires you and your riding?
Friends, coworkers, trail builders, innovators, and any fine fellow rider.
Favorite Salsa model and why?
Horsethief. It’s my “go anywhere” bike and feels at home on almost every trail.
Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
Eggs, toast and coffee before I saddle up, Fig Newton’s in my bag for mid-ride snack, and an IPA on a tailgate for post-ride story time.
When you’re not cycling…
I’m making the most of my time on foot and planning my next two-wheeled adventure.
What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
My bike and a plan.