I spent a good portion
of my youth destroying bicycles in many different ways, most of which
required frantically bailing in mid-air. Once my parents were certain that
I had more guts than brains, and furthermore, that they had more sense than
money, they made me buy my own bikes - that was when I was 11, and ever since,
I have been on a road bike. My parents, you see, wouldnít let me buy a bmx
bike, which is what I really wanted. So you could say that this whole
roadie thing has been a happy accident.
I used to ride that
big, silver Huffy everywhere - even into town, which was 4 miles away. I was
pretty impressed with myself for being able to do that; so much so, in fact,
that I bought a touring bike and started going on longer rides.
Once I started touring,
at 14, it became obvious that I was more cut out for racing, as I used to
race against everyone I was touring with. You know what I mean - they were
the kind of races where no one actually knew we were racing but me.
At 15, I started racing
for real, and havenít ever stopped. Above racing, however, I just really
enjoy getting out on my bike for a couple of hours and riding myself into
oblivion. As you can see, not much has changed in that department since I
was a kid.
Along with my love for
the bike, I have always had a love for writing. For a guy like me, the two
just automatically go hand in hand. I like to write about many things, but
the one subject that undoubtedly captures my interest over any other is
cycling. I hope that comes through in the articles I write and the
interviews I conduct.
Youíve made a good
choice in reading The Daily Peloton. Thanks for your curiosity about me as
well. Iíll do my best to keep it interesting.