What would make RHCs even better?
Every year the RHC makes huge improvements! The only thing I can think of that perhaps could change is the schedule: the dates are so spread out, and even now the last one in Milan feels so far away.
In what ways are RHCs similar to the new Mad Max movie? Or any Mad Max movie?
I have not seen it! And, like Alec, I’m also late delivering this interview so I don’t think I’ll have time to watch it.
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?
Yes, two years ago I started to race normal road races as well and they are so different, completely different. I don’t think it takes nearly the same amount of skill, or at least the same type of skill. Team strategy seems to be much more important in geared road races. But most importantly, the environment, the people, and the friendships I have found racing the RHCs are not comparable.
Is there a different sense of risk vs reward in the RHC races? What’s on the line for you as a racer?
When you give everything in a race there isa chance you’ll discover that you can push past your limits, past what you even thought was possible. When this happens, and it all clicks, and you find yourself standing on the podium, it really is the best feeling!
What about fixed gear racing makes it more interesting than geared bike racing?
It’s the whole thing. All of it. The pre-party, racing without brakes, the other racers, the fans, it’s a huge family, and then when its all over you all head to the after party! The RHCs are so completely different from any other type of racing.
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?
As I said before, in the RHCs having good bike handling skills is just as important as being fit.
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?
Of course, I’m always there! In fact I think I am always one of the last ones that goes to bed HAHA. I love to dance and party with my friends before, during, and after the races. It’s an essential part of racing the RHCs.
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.
I’ve been thinking about this for days and I cannot think of any metaphor lives up to the feelings I have during a race.
What metaphor best describes the feeling of the race in general? For example: Scorpion Rumble, Badger Brawl, A Storm of Falling Glass, etc.
It’s like the movie 300: you have to be smart, strategic and patient for the perfect moment to attack.
Speaking of gladiatorial combat, what is your favorite action movie fight scene?
Any Jason Statham movie!
What is your biggest fear? What is your biggest hope?
I prefer not to think about anything that could distract me from fulfilling my dreams.
My great hope is to start getting good results in the big races!
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done in a race? Don’t be shy, just own it. Dish.
Last year was the first time I traveled to Brooklyn. I trained super hard for the race but I didn’t change my cleats and they were totally worn out! By the final they were just gone. I started in seventh place, but I could not pull up with out pulling out of my pedals so I fell all the way back to last. I almost fell three times during the race because I kept pulling out of my pedal when coming into a corner. I threw the whole race just by not changing out my cleats. It was the most frustrating race I have ever had.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever done in a race? Tell us all about it!!!!!
Speaking of problems with cleats, last year at the RadRace #lastmanstanding, I was in first place when I fell in the final corner, with less than 50m to go. After the crash my bike wouldn’t pedal and I couldn’t get my shoe out of the cleat, so I took it off and left it hanging, picked up my bike, and finished the race on foot. The only thing going through my mind was the need to just finish the race!
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.
My desire to compete is greater than any fear. In spite of the many falls I’ve had, I’m not afraid of racing.
If you weren’t racing the RHC series what would you be doing?
Probably duathlons or triathlons.
Is racing the RHC series your dream? If not what’s your dream? Tell us about your dream.
I just want to compete at the highest level possible, and get on as many RHC podiums as I can.
Do you have non-bike, non-athletic related hobbies/interests? If so what are they?
My life revolves around the sport—almost exclusively—but I enjoy the cinema, cooking and eating.
Do you have a power animal? If not you should, please assign yourself one. What is it? Why?
I have always adored monkeys, and as a child I hung from anywhere. I still would, but I have to act a little more normally now.
What do you like most about your bike? Get specific.
The shape of the frame, the colors and the design are my favorite.
What do you like most about your sponsors? Go big and get specific!
I love having a Rocket Espresso coffee while I’m on the roller, warming up.
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 can’t think of anything specifically, but according to my mother I do strange things every day.
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.