A bike has brought me in touch with so many friends, and keeps us in touch, it provides me with a steady income, a substantial amount of enjoyment, constant exercise for my fast-twitch smile muscles, and allowed my wife and I to meet. Kona Bikes welcomed me with open arms since the beginning. I have been with them for the last 4 years, allowing me to achieve my best self and career achievements. These people I would consider family. When I am not pedaling two wheels, I am twisting a throttle to make them go. Sometimes with a bike mounted to my motor bike, the ultimate two-wheeled lifestyle. Two wheels is just enough but any more is too many.
RIDER NEWSMORE FROM THE COG
DATE OF BIRTH03/27/1991
RIDING WITH KONA SINCE2016
KONAS IN YOUR QUIVERI have the Hei Hei DL race, a few Super Jakes for the CX season and a fancy red team issue Process 153 CR DL.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I am from the two-stoplight town of Birdsboro, PA but live in Winston-Salem, NC now.
DO YOUR BIKES REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL SETUP TRICKS TO MAKE THEM “JUST RIGHT”?
Currently, I am running my bar tape mismatched on my Super Jakes. Sky blue on one side and Tangerine on the other. I also had my mom fabricate some custom Di2 wire holders, which utilize the existing fender bolt mounts, just above the seat stay and chainstay.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON?
I am switching things up a bit this year. I have some new races on the schedule, some new training plans to try out, and I am heavily leaning towards moving, with my wife and Sherman (our beagle), to Bellingham for the months of June and July. The mountain biking there is accessible and so good. It would be great prep for BCBR but also refreshing to get out of the humidity oven that is the southeast for those months.
WHO IS THE CYCLIST YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
Geoff Kabush. The guy has had skin in the game for so long. He is pushing past 40 now and is still crushing, but maintaining a really good attitude. He manages to balance fun and training in a very unique way that is allowing him to stretch his career out. I think we can all learn something from this technique.
WHERE WAS THE BEST PLACE YOU RODE IN 2019?
Toughyyy! I think my favorite ride last year was my wife and I bikepacking the White Rim Trail. We took two days to complete the 100mi loop through Canyonlands National Park. It was so sick. For the majority of the loop you’re riding around the rim of a canyon overlooking some surreal terrain, very Mars-like. Crazy spires, giant drops, huge walls. It was such a cool experience and we felt more or less alone out there, which is rare in a national park in the US. I made a vlog about it, which gets the point across pretty well. We probably could have completed the ride in a day if we wouldn’t have stopped so much to take in the sights, but what fun would that have been?
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ONE PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Michael Jackson. I have always wanted to learn how to moon walk. So maybe after a steaming hot bowl of Ramen he could teach me the tricks of the trade.
WHAT ACTOR/ACTRESS WOULD PORTRAY YOU IN A MOVIE?
Jennifer Aniston, I just feel like we are kindred spirits. It feels like she would really get me.
HOW WOULD YOUR MOTHER DESCRIBE YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS?
energetic. determined. funny.
FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2019
Winning the Cyclocross Pacific American Championships in November. It was my first elite jersey title and it was a big confidence-booster as well as the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication that built up to that moment. Wins like that reinforce that it’s all worth it. Though I still enjoy the process, it’s those big moments that, rather than satisfy me, make me hungry for more.
Would you rather spend money or save money?
Save money. Unless it was spent on a cool trip or experience. I have definitely been backing away from the materialistic side of things that has gripped the US way too tight. People are too focused on things and not enough on experiencing life. For instance, instead of making a registry, when Emily and I got married in 2018, we simply asked people for money so we could register, race, and make a honeymoon trip out of the BC Bike Race.
Would you rather drive a car or a pick-up?
Probably a car. A pick-up definitely fits my lifestyle more, but I can’t handle the devastation that climate change is causing, so I’ll choose the lower carbon footprint. On the other hand, the new Tacomas make my head turn.
Would you rather watch a comedy or a horror movie?
Comedy. I love to laugh.
Would you rather be unable to use search engines or unable to use social media?
I would rather be unable to use social media. Googling something for info or researching things for a sick new adventure, while it may not happen as much as using Insta, would be way more detrimental to my lifestyle to go without.
Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?
20min early. I hate being late, though I always seem to be late… Especially, if you ask Emily. Even if I am in kit waiting for her to leave the house on a bike ride it is either my fault she is late or I’ll take a last minute pee and then I am late.