As a kid I spent a lot of time on a bike. I loved riding but moved on to other modes of transportation. After graduating from college in 1986 I was reintroduced to cycling. My first ride was 6 miles and I returned to brag to my wife how far I had ridden. Since that time I have logged thousands of miles. I have ridden centuries and charity rides, competed in sanctioned races, triathlons and was one of the first Idahoans to compete in LOTOJA but the highlight of my riding career came as I established the record for crossing the state of Idaho on bicycle.
In August of 1995 I began an Ultra Marathon Cycling Association record attempt. I started at the Idaho/Oregon border near Homedale and rode nonstop across the state to Freedom, Wyoming. The total ride was 398.1 miles and I completed it in 26 hours 5 minutes for a average speed of 15.26 mph. (Watch the YouTube video).
At the end of that record setting ride I was barely able to walk as my hands and feet were bruised. I was saddle sore and had serious numbness in the saddle area. I suffered leg cramps and was unable to eat in the last miles. It was by far the most physically demanding event of my life but it set in motion a quest to discover ways to do it better.
Over the years I learned what I could about endurance nutrition. I experimented with bike setup to maximize comfort and efficiency. The trouble was that there was very little research done on those topics. Most of the information came from trial and error of myself and other distance riders. That brings us to today. I have attended the Body Geometry bike fitting school and reached the level of Master Fitter and recently passed my certification as a level 3 coach with USA Cycling. I can only imagine how different my early cycling days would be if I knew then what I know now.
My shop is called Epic Ride Cyclery not only because I was able to complete some epic rides but because I believe everyone is capable of completing epic rides. It all starts with the right equipment, professionally fit, professionally maintained with friendly, knowledgeable people who take the time to answer your questions and get you headed on the path to Epic Rides. Drop by for a visit. I would love to talk with you!