I am 27 years old these days, but 28 when this gets published. Sheesh, where did the time go? Most of it went by on two wheels, which I wouldn't change for anything. 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, a constant exercise for my fast twitch smile muscles, and allowed my wife and I to meet. Kona Bikes has welcomed me with open arms since the beginning. I have been with them for the last 3 years, allowing me to achieve my best self and best 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 and a few Super Jakes for the CX season. However, I am hoping to add one of those fancy new Process 153's ASAP!
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 chain stay.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON?
CX Nationals are three weeks away. I am looking forward to crushing that race. Then I head over to Europe, the following Wednesday for 2 months with my wife and father in-law. I am really excited for the opportunity to put a longer stint in racing overseas but more importantly having my family there with me to make it more enjoyable.
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 2018?
My wife and I participated in the BC Bike Race, which blew my mind. The trails were all time and to be able to experience them being a part of a production with a level of organization that the BCBR crew had was the cherry on top.
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?
Jenifer Aniston, I just feel like we are kindred spirits. It feels like she would really get me.
HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS?
adventurous. fun-loving. determined.
FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2018
I tied the knot with my lovely wife on June 16th. Surrounded, by friends and family, showered by the rays of the sun, under a beautiful blue bird sky, nestled in the western NC mountains, it couldn't have been a more perfect day. And she said yes, which was the best part.
Would you like more time or more money?
There is just too much shit to do and too many people to meet.
Would you rather have no internet or no cellphone?
It's too much of a distraction from the things that really matter, i.e. the outside world around us.
Would you rather be invisible or the have the ability to fly?
I could sneak into all the cool zones and get away with a lot of stuff.
Pancakes or French Toast?
They are the most versatile breakfast pastry. French toast is too one dimensional.
Would you rather have a winter of rain or a winter of snow?
Snow for sure
One word... Skis.