Hometown: Boulder, CO
I spent the formative years of my childhood growing up in Boulder, CO where I first learned how to mountain bike in middle school. Then I stopped riding for the entirety of highschool before rediscovering the bike in college. I raced on the road for several years before leaving the dark side and rediscovering mountain biking. Since then, I’ve dabbled in all sorts of mountain bike racing, raging from short track to racing the 2,745 mile Tour Divide from Banff, AB to Antelope Wells, NM. Generally speaking, the longer a race is, the better I do.
Favorite Pre-race/Post-race foods: I think better question would be what sort of food don’t I like pre or post ride. The answer to that would be none. I love food and am an equal opportunity employer for all types. I do have a special spot in my heart for chocolate and Sour Patch Kids.
Bike of Choice: Waltworks Dual Suspension 29er
Race of Choice: Tour Divide and Colorado Trail Race are closest to my heart but in 2013, I plan on doing some shorter 100-milers just to mix things up.
Favorite Doctor: The one played by Noah Wyle on ER. He’s so dreamy.
Favorite Mexican Dish: Pulled pork tacos, crispy taco shells
What has cycling meant to me?: It’s been a mode of transportation, a mode of exploration, a mode of meeting new and amazing people. It’s been a chance to push my limits physically, mentally, emotionally. And I’ve had a whole lot of fun doing it.
What do you do to give back to cycling?: Over the years, I’ve coached both the University of Colorado and the Western State mountain bike teams, helped with the Mountain Adventures mountain bike team and written for a variety of cycling publications. In general, I just try to be a good person and reflect on the sport in a good way.
Dr. Griggs has taught me: how I’ve become a better rider, that there are good souls in the world, and he’s allowed me to chase my dreams in a way that no one else has.
Favorite Role Model: Pooh. He never thinks too hard and appreciates the small things in life.
Favorite bird to hunt and why: Ostrich. Imagine how much meat you could get off of one of those guys!
2013 Race Schedule
Dirty Kanzaa 200