I grew up riding bikes. That relationship was put on hold for many years when I entered adolescence and eventually fell in love with driving.
My father was a recreational cyclist throughout those years of my life, and when he passed away in ’01, I inherited his Cannondale and began seasonal riding and commuting.
Several seasons of discomfort, angry drivers, inconsiderate MUP pedestrians and Exercise-Induced visual migraines lead to another period of absence from cycling.
My growing love of cars and car racing grew and eventually I bought a German sports car and began looking into racing Autocross and getting in some track time.
A bit of research proved that autoracing would be far too expensive to enjoy.
Also around this time, our local MUP had doubled in length and the newly opened northern half was wide, free of interruptions and nearly free of pedestrians.
I also discovered the Tadpole trike and loved the idea of human power ‘karting’ on the trail. The seed was planted to start riding again. This would be a far less expensive hobby to maintain and, as I also found myself pushing 200lbs, I needed exercise.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO RECUMBENTS?
Online research led me to Angle Lake Cyclery. I test rode several recumbent bikes and trikes. Eventually I decided that a 2 wheeled recumbent would be faster and more agile and better suited for maneuvering the gates on the MUP. A weeklong test ride of a Giro (thanks to Dale) and I was done shopping. I went home with a brand new Giro-20.
The first few years I rode short rides every few days and really only in the summer.
I met some avid cyclists and they motivated me to begin riding longer rides and throughout the winter. My weight plummeted as the miles and frequency increased. I was thrilled when I reached my graduating weight of 165lbs. Another few seasons and I was down under 150lbs.
My work schedule over the years has driven me to ride shorter, punchy, high intensity rides, favoring lots of full power climbing. My reduced weight, lighter bike (I now ride a CA2.0) and new found fitness has led to me currently being a solid competitive climber and Time Trialist.
I dream of a recumbent community large enough to support a large local hobbyist racing group. I’d love to be the designated climber for a team in mass start, all-bent road races. My goal is to break down the stigma that choosing a recumbent somehow cripples your ability to climb as well as upright riders.
2009-2012 RACES AND EVENTS
Carnation Hill Climb TT 2009:
15th overall out of 63. Time: 39:07
Ride 542 Mt Baker Hill Climb Road Race:
2010, Rec Fast Category
Finish time of 1 hour 36 min. 31 out of 90
2012 (Full course) Competitive Cat
1:40:03 52 out of 97.
New recumbent record
SKAGIT TT SERIES:
March Point 7.35 miles. 100 vert feet.
Feb 6, 2010 – 17:25 – 25.3mph. First overall. Tied course record.
April 3, 2011 – 18:10 – 24.3mph. First overall.
July 26, 2012 – 16:25 – 27mph. First overall. New course record.
Fir Island 7.73 miles. 1 vert foot.
June 8, 2010 – 17:53 – 26mph. First overall. New course record.
July 10, 2011 – 17:39 – 26.3mph. First overall. New course record.
June 21, 2012 – 17:22 26.7mph. First overall. New course record.
Norman Road 9.4 miles. 2 vert feet.
Jan 3, 2011 – 25.4mph. Solo run. 2nd all time.
April 26, 2012 – 26.1 mph. First overall. 2nd all time.
Little Mountain 5.45 miles. 1000 vert feet.
Sept 5, 2010 – 20:50 – 15.7mph. First overall. 4th all time.
Aug 28, 2011 – 20:39 – 15.8mph. First overall. 4th all time.
Aug 30, 2012 – 20:25 – 16mph. First overall. 3rd all time.
Northshore Hill Climb TT
April 14, 2012 – 6:10 19.1mph. Tied for 10th overall out of 65.
Climb 4 Cancer Cougar Mountain (Zoo Hill) TT
July 21, 2012 – 14:14, 28th out of 60
OHPV @ PIR
2nd place Stock 10 mile TT 21:37
2nd place Standing Sprint Drag race
1st place Stock 10 mile TT 21:50
1st place Standing Sprint Drag race
2nd place Stock 10 mile TT 21:00 27.4mph
1st place Standing Sprint Drag Race
1st place Stock Road Race
2013 RACE AND EVENT PLANS
OHPV @ PIR end of May
Northshore Hill Climb TT in June if allowed
STP (treating it like a team time trial) in July
Climb 4 Cancer in July
Ride 542 Mt Baker Road Race in Sept
And any Skagit TT series races