What kind of cyclist are you?
I typically lean towards the off-road and less traveled course year round. I like challenging trails and quiet places.
How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
I’ve been riding since I can remember. It was the best way to get around the small college town I grew up in throughout my childhood. It helped unlock the woods for my friends and I as we could go further than ever and (sometimes) be home in time for dinner.
The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
Introducing my wife to all types of bikes, and getting her confident and excited about them.
Favorite place you’ve been on a bike?
There are several and they all have a common trait: uniqueness and beauty that can only be experienced there. Places like Gooseberry Mesa, Monarch Crest, and Pisgah National Forest will always have a special place in my memory.
Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
I dream of exploring the wonderful remoteness of Peru.
How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
It’s has and always will be an exciting way to unlock the world’s playground for me.
How will your future as a cyclist unfold? What are the next steps in your evolution?
With a bunch of great campfire stories.
Favorite Salsa model and why?
My favorite Salsa model has always been the Fargo. Taking two wheelsets, I was able to ride everywhere on rest days during a cross-country trip where I was an event logistics manager and mechanic. By no coincidence, the Deadwood is a bike that’s really on my radar now for many reasons similar to the Fargo, but with a bigger lean to go further into the wild/trail-less places I go.
Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
I like variety, but regular “real” food is key for me. Standing around a smorgasbord of sardines, cheeses, roasted mini potatoes, and cured meats has become a favorite on my rides. For post rides, burritos are a staple here with an ice cold Mosaic or Centennial-hopped brew.
When you’re not cycling…
Exploring with the family, relaxing, and daydreaming.
What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
My Randi Jo - M.U.T. saddle bag of tools and spare bits. I have one set up on each bike so I can just get on and go.