What kind of cyclist are you?
At my core, I’m a mountain biker. I don’t discriminate against gravel or pavement and enjoy both, but singletrack will always be the best. I like racing my bike, I’m a bit competitive.
How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
I distinctly remember sitting on the end of my parent’s bed at 11 years old watching mountain bike racing at the ’96 Olympics. I went out and rode my bmx bike in the woods behind my house right away and was hooked.
It became more than riding a bike a few years later when weeks after purchasing my first ‘real’ mountain bike, I had picked out my next one. I’m up to 16 currently. I’ve never held a job outside the bike industry and grew up in bike shops wrenching. Shop rat and proud.
The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
A top 20 in Junior X a Mt. Snow NORBA back in the day was sweet because I worked so hard training for it. I was ranked top 25 in the nation that year.
A sub 6.5-hour Almanzo 100 was nothing to scoff at either for my first try, but I know I can do better.
I was pretty pumped the first time I did a step-up jump as well.
Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
Taichung, Taiwan for riding through a bamboo forest on trails built by friends.
Copper Harbor, Michigan for the incredible ‘up-north’ vibe combined with really good mountain biking.
Showshoe Mountain, West Virginia for being where I caught the DH bug.
Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
See I told you I’m a mountain biker.
How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
Well at the risk of exaggerating, the only things more important to me than the bike are my wife and my family. Bikes almost completely define my self-identity.
How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
Lately, I’ve been getting much better riding technical stuff and I’m pushing myself to hit rougher stuff faster and bigger jumps when riding. Probably flow back to something more sustainable long term, but I’ll keep it up while I’m young.
Who inspires you and your riding?
People faster than me, the ones who make it look easy.
Favorite Salsa model and why?
Just one? That’s impossible (see the 16 bikes comment above). Currently I can’t pull myself away from Deadwood Sus, it’s so fun and so fast!
Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
Pre – Fried egg sandwich on sourdough with avocado, hummus and tomatoes.
During – I might be the only person who will admit to liking Clif Shot Bloks around here, black cherry. Lemon lime Skratch Labs drink. Also, fig newtons are the best.
Post – The food varies (often it’s a cheeseburger) but always a cold beer.
When you’re not cycling…
Cooking with my wife is a big love of mine. Might be headed to a brewery. Upkeeping the bike fleet in the shop, thinking about riding.
What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
Tube, C02 + inflator head, tire lever, quick link, Crank Brothers Multi 17 (with a few bucks folded up in the middle), helmet, drink.