BORN 3.15.77 HOMETOWN Bellingham, WA. YEARS RACING 33
TEAMS Transition Factory Racing NICKNAMES
DISCIPLINES Downhill / Super D / Dual Slalom
HONORS 2009 Fluidride Cup Champion
FOX Racing Shox is there when “it” counts — what is “it” to you?
I have been with Fox for 3 years now. I never would have been able to accomplish my goals in that time without them. FOX Racing Shox makes the best suspension hands down, I wouldn't be able to do my job without them!
Tell us about your bike setup.
I ride a Transition TR-450, size medium. I use medium weight springs on my FOX Racing Shox suspension, with a lot of high and low speed compression. My bike is equipped with Shimano Saint brakes and drivetrain, KORE bars stems and saddles, Crankbrothers wheels and pedals, Maxxis tires and tubes, ODI grips, e.thirteen chain device, Cane Creek headset, and Cadenceworks titanium hardware. The Transition Factory team travels in a 2008 Dodge sprinter with a trailer in the States, and a Fort Transit in Europe.
What else is in your garage?
I have a quiver of Transition bikes in the garage.
What's your training regimen?
I hit the gym three times a week in the off season, with a ton of XC. And during the season I ride a mixture of disciplines to assure my aerobic fitness, skills, and strength stays in tip top shape.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
Just last month I tore a ligament in my left thumb. I immediately had it surgically repaired by one of the most agressive surgeons in the country. I am now in physio and am getting ready to be back on the bike hopefully this week. Thank you Dr. Ting!
What's your typical pre-race meal? Guilty pleasure?
PB & J's are always the ticket. However I'm becoming quite a fan of the old Bagel with a bit of turkey, pepper jack, mustard, sprouts, and cilantro.
What is your pre-race OCD behavior?
I'll usually run through the race in my head a time or two, a couple hail mary's, and off I go...
How do you determine which races to enter each year?
This year it is a bit different. Transition has put no pressure whatsoever on the Team to enter any particular number of type of events. So we have the ability to pick the ones with the most media attendance, best atmosphere, and best courses.
What motivated you to get started racing?
I started racing BMX in 1990. Once I started I never looked back. I turned A Pro in 1996 and and AA pro in 1998. I retired in 1999, and started racing Downhill in 2003.
How does FOX Racing Shox contribute to your success?
I wouldn't be able to do my job without FOX Racing Shox, period.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
I would probably be some sort of enginerd.
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
I love to travel, and travelling is a requirement.
What other sports are you interested in?
I snowboard, and surf sometimes.
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
Never give up.
How many hours a week are you on Facebook?
Are you a gamer? What are your favorite games?
I don't play games.
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Vitalmtb.com, transitionbikes.com, Thenewboredom.com, teamrobot.com
I love Life
I want Success
I believe in Hard work pays off.
Beach or mountains? Mountains with Beaches
High fives or knuckles? Fivers
Boom or done? Meow
iPhone or Blackberry? Neither?
Are you a Mac or PC? PC
Greatest strength Determination
My website www.transitionbikes.com
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