What kind of cyclist are you?
I'm the type of cyclist who needs a destination. I'll ride for a bite to eat down the road, to the campsite on the map, to the next checkpoint in a race, or my commute to work. I'm not really into biking random loops unless there's something fun to do along the way.
How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
Riding bikes was the norm as a kid, but it wasn’t really a big part of my life until I started working at QBP back in 2010. That’s when I had an epiphany and realized that cycling is more than just a hobby. It is also a lifestyle for this diverse group of passionate people who demand something different, unique and special in their lives. Cycling has given me new opportunities ever since.
The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
I did a ton of riding when I lived in Thailand, and I made some great connections with the scrappy and fearless cycling community there.
Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
Baja Divide, Peru Divide, Iceland.
How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
The opportunity to see what’s next.
How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
I’ve got a hunch I will be spending more time on the saddle and feeling lucky to be where I am at that given moment. Even if it means I’m covered in mud and second-guessing my choices.
Who inspires you and your riding?
Every rider out there that sets out to accomplish a goal and has the motivation to try their best to see it through.
Favorite Salsa model and why?
Hands down the Cutthroat. Why? Seriously, just look at it. Better yet, go ride it.
Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
Pre: Banana egg scramble with almond butter and a side of coffee.
During: Snacks with a side of NUUN infused water.
Post: Whatever’s being served up at the destination with a side of beer or whiskey.