Greg Gleason

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

My adventure started with a basic goal to lose weight and improve my physical abilities. Now my goals have grown to what adventure I can do next to continue to grow as an athlete, individual, and role model to my family and my cycling community. My specific goals are to learn to bike pack, race bike pack, ride multiple 200+ days in a row, refine my training plan to support my ride schedule, but most of all have fun!

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I’m proudest of my first 200+ mile ride. The ride was 217 miles on my fatbike on the Blue Ox trail in Minnesota going from Bemidji, MN to International Falls, MN and back in 40-degree rainy weather. I gained the confidence that I could ride hard for several hundred miles in the toughest conditions and finish strong. I’m very proud of all the mental and physical obstacles I overcame that day. But I must admit back-to-back Trans Iowa wins are pretty special too.

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What kind of cyclist are you?
I love riding my bikes year round – commuting, training, packing and racing.  Group or individual rides.  I love the freedom to explore while on my bikes.  I can go anywhere anytime of the year even living in the upper Midwest. Cycling has become a lifestyle for me; I commute, I train, I explore, I learn, I think, I relax via my bike.

How long has cycling been a part of your life?
Cycling has always been part of be life.  I have great memories riding around my Ellsworth AFB neighborhood when I 5 years old.
http://www.gleaso.com/2015/07/discovering-your-playground-my-personal.html

Three years ago when I started commuting to work year round.  Year round riding opened my eyes to a completely new world of cycling.  I discovered what gear I need year round, late fall/winter/early spring outdoor training, and late fall/winter/early spring outdoor racing.  I discovered riding my bikes was the best way to release my daily stresses!

The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
My first 200+ mile ride.  The ride 217 miles on my fat bike on the Blue Ox trail in Minnesota going from Bemidji, MN to International Falls, MN and back in 40-degree rainy weather.  I gained the confidence that I could ride hard for several hundred miles in the toughest conditions and finish strong.  I’m very proud of all the mental and physical obstacles I overcame that day.
I must admit back-to-back Trans Iowa wins are pretty special.  
 
Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
Mt Rainier ride to Paradise
This one is not totally about the location but more about the beauty of the area and being surrounded by my family.  My son and I road from the base of Mt. Rainier to Paradise on our road bikes with my wife and daughter following close behind in a support vehicle.  My loved ones surrounded me.  The quality time with my son was amazing and when we arrived at Paradise.

Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.  Plan is to race the divide in 2017.

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
Freedom – Freedom of stress, freedom to think, freedom to push yourself, freedom from daily grind, and freedom to go anywhere.

How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
My adventure started with a basic goal to lose weight and improve my physical abilities. Now my goals have grown to what adventure I can do next to continue to grow as an athlete, individual, and role model to my family and my cycling community.
Specific goals: Learn to bike pack, race bike pack, ride multiple 200+ days in a row, refine my training plan to support my ride schedule, but most of all have fun!

Who inspires you and your riding?
http://www.gleaso.com/2015/07/in-search-of-inspiration.html

Favorite Salsa model and why?
Warbird Carbon. Why? Technology – VRS, the specific engineering to create a specific gravel-racing machine.  Racing gravel can be growling at times and the investment in my riding comfort/fatigue as a cyclist will definitely improve my times!

When you’re not cycling…
When I’m not cycling I enjoy relaxing and enjoying quality time with my wife Kit.

What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
Technology – My Garmin 1000, smart phone, and power meter.
These three items help me plan and peak properly for training, events and races.