Mark Sirek

Mark Sirek

Salsa Copywriter and Grandpa Vibes

What kind of cyclist are you?
The kind that has managed to integrate bikes into every aspect of his life. Right now the focus rests squarely on bikes with 3” tires and wider for bikepacking, but I’ve been a roadie, a BMXer, and a track bike rider. I like country AND western as they say.

How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
From the moment I could do it without landing on my head. Had a brief hiatus with a skateboard in my teens, but I came running back to the bike and it’s been the solution to every quandary since.

The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
Being able to do back-to-back double centuries years ago was an awesome feeling, but these days picking “unrideable” terrain and riding it via fatbike, navigating solely by direction, has been something I’ve really been stoked about.

Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
Tough one. Vilas County, Wisconsin, Northwestern Washington, Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, The Upper Peninsula of Michigan are all favorites.

Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
Bikepacking the forests of Eastern Europe - Latvia, Poland, Hungary, and Ukraine. Looks incredible over there.

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
Life Coach.

How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
I will become the first person to be fully fused with a bike, kind of like a Centaur sort of thing but fully housebroken. It will be awesome.

Who inspires you and your riding?
My sweetheart Kate, Craig Conrad, Przemo Dusxyz, Cass Gilbert, Mike Howarth, Joe Cruz, Nicholas Carmen and Lael Wilcox, Lucas Winzenburg, Ben Weaver, and all our Salsa riders.

Favorite Salsa model and why?
Blackborow. You feel like The Mayor Of Planet Earth on that bike. 

Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
Midwest breakfast before, Everett’s or Trig’s sausages over a fire during, and anything Kate makes after. Beer.

When you’re not cycling…
I’m sitting around my hi-fi, covered in heavy metal.
What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
My telescoping sausage roasting stick and my collapsible cooler.