“I started in Mexico doing neutral support in the early ’80s, then I started working for American teams when I moved there at 19. And I did that for about ten years or so. Then I got married, got kids—I made kids, my wife would like that—and I went away from it, and now I’m trying to get back in. I left because I thought I was getting old, that my situation was a little stale, that I needed a change. And I took a big change instead of a small one. I tried to be in the bicycle industry, other industries, but like I said, I didn’t set the world on fire outside of working on bikes so I’m back.
“I was living in Wisconsin, working for a team in the late 90s. I love the Midwest. If I could live there, I would. We moved to Colorado, where my wife is from, in order to be closer to family and I went to work for a company that was sponsoring many teams to be the guy in between the manufacturing and the teams. I thought it would be right up my alley, but soon after Schwinn sold (and moved to Wisconsin of all places), they closed up the shop and I got out of bikes altogether. I’ve been struggling ever since, so I’m trying to make another go at it.
“As a mechanic, when you come to the race you come to win. When the team wins, you win. For me, being well-organized with no problems, that’s success. I’d rather work for a team that I’m in control of, regardless of size. size doesn’t really matter.”
“It’s all about preparation. I bring lots of wheels ready to a race. You flat one, just grab one that’s ready. Most of the work should be done at your warehouse, not at the race. Here you just do the quick stuff, like wash the bikes. Of course it’s not always the case that it works out. Once the machine starts running in March, it’s impossible to stop. So if you’re not prepared by that first date, you’re screwed. It takes a special group of people: two or three or however many guys, to catch on and actually make it work in a coordinated way.”