- What motivates you to ride?
- My mind and my competitiveness for sure. I try to not get too much in my head, but it is so hard. I have to really find the balance of when riding is fun for me, and when riding is miserable; it's just kinda a learning process that I have had to learn over the years. In 2014 I trained super hard for XC nationals and won in Cat 1; but then after I felt empty, and burnt out. So I had to go out and find the reasons why I love riding and stick to it. I love to ride because of my dude crew of guys who make me laugh, push my limits, and support me in tough times; I love to ride because of the feeling of accomplishment I get after a long hard 100 degree ride where I knew I pushed myself and kept going when I wanted to give up; I love to ride because of the ledges and technical gnar that I can ride when most people can't; I love to ride because of the fitness and health my body gets from it; I love to ride because I get to be outside, and my busy ADHD mind can focus solely on the task at hand-riding my bike; And most of all I love to ride because of the delicious ice-cold beers that come after.
- Biking related goals for 2017:
- Get healthy and recover from these horrible injuries; come back even stronger to race in the 2017 Southern Enduro Tour, compete in other Enduro events across the country, learn how to ride step ups and step downs comfortably without breaking my back, help coach my high school mountain bike team to a quality season, and most importantly support my wife in having a healthy baby:)
- Name some of your strengths and talents:
- Well, XC racing has been a strength of mine. I was the 2014 USA Cycling National Champion in the CAT 1 division. That was a huge accomplishment. I’ve also been on the podium many times for Texas’ amateur professional XC race series. I also consider extremely technical and gnarly terrain to be a strength of mine-particularly steep, loose, and ledgy hill climbs ( I know it’s crazy, I’m just a sucker for feeling the burn!) and dropping big scary looking ledges. I love to teach people how to mountain bike, and I feel that my passion and energy is magnetic- a lot of people say that is a strength of mine.