Harrison Maddox

Harrison Maddox

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WHAT IS THE CYCLING ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
A solo tour from Tokyo to Osaka with no plans and virtually no knowledge of the Japanese language. It was comical. It was delicious. I slept in a roadside ditch or two.

WHAT KIND OF A CYCLIST ARE YOU?
An opportunist: anything I can accomplish with a bike is better. From racing to touring to commuting to bike polo, I ride for fun, fitness, transportation, exploration—usually all at the same time.

HOW LONG HAS CYCLING BEEN A PART OF YOUR LIFE? WHEN DID IT BECOME MORE THAN JUST “RIDING A BIKE”?
My brothers and I built some horrific ramps in our driveway as kids, but I really started riding in college to avoid parking hassles when going to class. The meditative simplicity of those rides led me to pursue it more seriously, and I was lured down a very long and very expensive rabbit hole of cycling, which has spit me out here.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN ON A BIKE SO FAR?
The Ouachita National Forest. Picture hundreds of miles of quiet logging roads with plenty of clear streams, scenic vistas and the occasional wild blackberry bush. It’s a bikepacking playground.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO DAYDREAM ABOUT WHERE YOU HAVEN’T YET RIDDEN?
The Carretera Austral in Chile.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THE BICYCLE MEANS TO YOU?
Bicycles are the common thread in many of my favorite people, places and memories.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR FUTURE AS A CYCLIST UNFOLDING?
I hope to get completely lost more often.

WHO INSPIRES YOU AND YOUR RIDING?
Whoever’s having more fun than I am.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SALSA BIKE MODEL AND WHY?
Fargo. It was the first purpose-built off-road “adventure bike” that I ever saw, and the whole concept of that style of riding really made an impact on me.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PRE, DURING, AND POST RIDE/RACE FOOD AND BEVERAGES?
Before: Coffee, Waffles with peanut butter
During: Convenience store garbage
After: Pizza and beer

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU AREN’T CYCLING?
Rock climbing, tinkering, cooking, annoying people with my banjo

WHAT DON’T YOU LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ON A RIDE?
I’ll find out mid-ride when I need it and discover I’ve left it at home.
Also: enthusiasm