Riding bikes has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. Growing
up, my friends and I used to ride around the streets of New Orleans trying new
tricks on our GT and Dyno BMX bikes. Behind the levees on the banks of the
Mississippi River were some awesome trails and pump courses we would ride when
it wasn’t flooded out. My parents actually organized an event for a few years called
Bike New Orleans that was a great tour of the city. Hundreds of people came out
with all types of bikes, amazing food was served, and they even had freestyle BMX
pros show up and do trick demos.
Later, I moved to Orlando, Florida still only riding BMX. I would build some
pretty sketchy ramps and hit them full speed with complete disregard for potential
injuries. I used my bike to go to friend’s houses and worked on my street riding
skills for a little while.
High school came around and I got a car and joined a band and didn’t ride for
a couple years. I didn’t think much of it then but I subconsciously started to miss the
freedom and simple joy of riding a bike. My friend’s dad had an old road bike he
never used so after band practice I started to do short rides around the
neighborhood. This was my first experience with road bikes. Pedal cages were so
foreign to me but I acclimated to them after a couple of rides. It was an awesome
way to get away from everything.
Then I moved to California in 2010 and shortly thereafter quit the band.
I bought a single speed and used it to go everywhere because I didn’t have a car
(and still don’t). My work commute was a few miles each way and the miles started
adding up. I started to get in pretty good shape and enjoyed exploring the beautiful
California landscapes via bicycle. So I bought my first roadie and subsequently got
While working one night some kid came in and parked his nice Felt road
bike outside, unlocked. Though I may have been tempted, I kept an eye on the
bike for him until he came back out so I could pick his brain about riding. That’s
how I met Joey, who could talk about cycling all day and at that point in time ride
circles around me. We ended up riding together fairly often and he pushed me to
get stronger. He later talked to me about joining the racing team he was a part of,
Bicycle.net. From there, I met Jonathan Tessler a.k.a. JT, a.k.a. Jewish Thunder, the
CEO of Bicycle.net and got involved with racing.
My first season has brought me into a world I never knew existed and totally
flipped my lifestyle around. Training day in, day out for criterium races practically
every week became addicting. Traveling for road races as a team was inspiring. The
true test of fitness and mental stamina was the grueling Belgian Waffle Ride in San
Diego and after completing that torture-fest I started to feel strong and motivated
with a solid group of riders around me. I’m looking forward to next season, and will
be putting in the work to “show dominance”. Attitude is Everything.