2018 RACING AGE: 54
RESIDENCE: Portland, ME
WHERE I GO MONDAY MORNING: 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Sanford Junior High School
RACING DISCIPLINE(S) AND CATEGORY(S): Expert Mountain Bike (cat 1 USA Cycling MTB) and Masters Cyclocross Cat 3.
# OF YEARS RACING: 24
# OF BIKES OWNED: Kona Privateer, Kona Roadhouse, Kona Hei Hei (on the way), Kona Minuit, Kona Zone One, and a Carver Beast O’ the East fatbike.
FAVORITE BIKE: My Kona Privateer is just a great bike for racing and bombing around. It’s also a screaming deal. I am waiting on my 2018 Hei Hei frame to come, and I have a feeling it will be my new favorite. I have too many bikes, but I seem to find a use for all of them.
FAVORITE TRAIL OR RIDE: My regular ride from home is the Presumscot River trails and other areas in Portland. I really like riding at Bradbury Mountain as well as the Kingdom Trails in Vermont. Bradbury State Park has some good riding, and Falmouth is really expanding and has incredible variety. I want to spend some more time up in Bath - the locals seem to be on a building spree.
NON-CYCLING INTERESTS/HOBBIES: I love guitars and all things guitars. I’ve been building electric kits (3 so far) and find it a nice way to be creative. If you are in the Portland area and Jeezum Crow are playing, come check us out. We’re mostly old people who like to play what many call “Americana”. Sort of a rock, country, blues, folksy mix of stuff.
I have said before that I have a selective obsessive compulsive disorder, and I have selected bicycles. Riding bicycles, fixing bicycles, reading about bicycles, and talking about bicycles takes up an incredible amount of my time. While not a complaint, I wonder if it is a healthy obsession or a soul sucking ball and chain.
I had the worse accident of my life last summer and my season was cut short at the end of July. I received a pretty severe concussion and spent some time in the dark. I’m cleared to compete in 2018 after the snow melts. I hope to muster the enthusiasm and time commitment I’ll need why having a healthy respect for my brain and health because I love to race.
Do you have a passion for racing bikes? Want to be part of the Bikeman team? Email Alan our Team Manager for details.
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