What would make RHCs even better?
A live broadcast and one or two banked turns per lap.
In what ways are RHCs similar to the new Mad Max movie? Or any Mad Max movie?
[Aldo did not provide an answer.]
We imagine that you’ve raced non-fixed gear criteriums as well. What are the big differences between these two styles of racing? In terms of speed, strategy, time of day? Promotion? Location? Media? Vibes?
RHC has much better promotion and vibes, as well as big city venues. The tactics in the race are also different.
Is there a different sense of risk vs reward in the RHC races? What’s on the line for you as a racer?
All racing has danger, you are always risking something. The reward is the feeling you get after finishing.
What about fixed gear racing makes it more interesting than geared bike racing?
The no brakes part.
Tell us about bike handling, reading a race, and fitness. How do you think about them as they apply to RHC racing? How are they different from regular crits?
The tactics are different. Even though the race is easier to read, handling is more important.
What about the event itself? These races have a party atmosphere. Lots of action going on before, during, and after the race. Are you into it? Do think it’s an important part of the culture of these races?
I think it’s very important, because it’s not all about the result. People come out for the atmosphere before, during and after the race. You don’t just go and watch the race, it’s a full weekend. And I like the parties!
How intense is the contact between you and other riders when you’re out there on the course? If possible please use a metaphor to describe the feeling of this contact.
It’s as intense as the riders around me want it to be. I know where I want to be in the pack, and if someone else is there, we will battle for the spot one way or another.
What metaphor best describes the feeling of the race in general? For example: Scorpion Rumble, Badger Brawl, A Storm of Falling Glass, etc.
Speaking of gladiatorial combat, what is your favorite action movie fight scene?
Any scene where the fighters keep getting back up until they pass out.
What is your biggest fear? What is your biggest hope?
Losing my drive. I never stop believing.
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done in a race? Don’t be shy, just own it. Dish.
Knocking another rider off his bike.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever done in a race? Tell us all about it!!!!!
I sprayed a dog with water during the Tour of Turkey so he wouldn’t run into the peloton. I made it on Watts with that move. 🙂
Speaking of fear, one a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, how afraid are you when you’re racing in one of these events? Please explain.
3. I still have respect for the event, it keeps me focused.
If you weren’t racing the RHC series what would you be doing?
Is racing the RHC series your dream? If not what’s your dream? Tell us about your dream.
My dream is about car racing, more to follow in the future…
Do you have non-bike, non-athletic related hobbies/interests? If so what are they?
Do you have a power animal? If not you should, please assign yourself one. What is it? Why?
[Aldo did not provide an answer.]
What do you like most about your bike? Get specific.
The stiffness and responsive handling.
What do you like most about your sponsors? Go big and get specific!
The support, their custom/personal approach, the exposure, the great stuff they produce, and their willingness to expand into new types of racing.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done, or thought about doing? Yes, we are going to publish this but that’s not relevant right now. More importantly, this is therapeutic. We’re asking this for your own good. Please take a solid step outside your comfort zone and tell us something you’ve never told anyone before. Trust, reach deep, it’s part of the process.
I wanted to become a criminal investigator.
Maybe you have a hero all lined up for this question, maybe you don’t. Either way, who is your hero and why? It does NOT need to be an athlete, but it’s okay if it is.
I don’t have any specific heroes. My heroes are all people who keep trying after failing multiple times.