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Spring, Texas
Club Affiliation: Woodlands Cycling Club
Member Since: August 2003 5 Year Distance Chart
2018 Miles Traveled: 0
2018 Rank: currently unranked
Lifetime Odometer: 43,299 miles

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I'm not sure how I got "cycling fever". I do know I've always loved the sensation of riding 2-wheels and going as fast as I could. Maybe my cycling fever was the result of childhood memories involving bicycles. I remember Springside Hill Raod and going as fast as I could down that hill and jamming back the pedals on my coaster brake bicycle and seeing how far of a skid mark I could make. During college, I had a yellow 10-speed but for all practical purposes, it was used for riding to class or pedaling down to the local swim hole. At that time my two-wheel fever involved twisting the throttle of a Harley-Davidson Sportster. I got into drag racing and built an alcohol/nitro buring 86 cubic inch Sportster.
Then in 1991, something happened. I walked in to the local bicycle shop and walked out with a white Trek hybrid 700C with twist-grip shifting! Wow! What an awesome bike. My first road trek was 2.2 miles! I was so impressed with myself. I soon discovered, however, a 20-mile loop that circled the town. It become my new challenge to ride that loop faster than the time I did it before and it became my personal goal to eclipse the 1-hour barrier. I began going to that local bike shop and buying things to increase speed..... bar-ends, skinny tires, power straps for my pedals. The bike dealer joked with me saying no matter what I did to my hybrid, I'd never be able to keep up with a true road bike; and of course, he'd be pointing to one of the new Treks or Giants he had out on his showroom floor. He was right.
In 1996 I finally bought a true road bike! I bought (from that same dealer) a carbon fiber Giant. What a beautiful bike! In 1996 I also discovered "organized bike events" and started reading in Bicycle magazine about things called "centuries". In the Houston area, one of the big "organized rides" is the Katy Flatland Century. I trained diligently on my Giant for that event! By it's name, Katy FLATLAND, it sounded like an easy ride to get my first century in the journals. The problem was, as still is, the Katy Flatland takes place in late July and those who know about Houston heat and humidity in late July, know that it can be a humbling experience. My first Katy Flatland was just that! I particularily remember turning into a brisk south wind for the last 24 miles. Oh my God! The last 12 miles was shear agony. My once strong legs felt as if they were filled with jello. Every gulp of water I took I felt like puking back up. I wished a bolt of lightening would come out of the blue sky and put me out of my misery. It never came......but the finish line did!
I ride today with the same passion (if not more) I've always had. I don't quite put in the miles I use to but ride 3 to 4 times a week.  
2011 Cervelo P3
Time Trial Road bike
Description:  This is an awesome race! Here I am taking the start of the individual time trial at the 2011 Tour de Gruene.

Lifetime Odometer: 5,973.3 miles

click to enlarge 2007 Quintana Roo 
Time Trial Road bike
Description:  I love this bike and I love to time trial it. This picture was taken at the Texas Time Trial Championships out of Pattison in August 2007.

Lifetime Odometer: 8,972.3 miles

2013 GT Karakoram 2.0
Hardtail XC 29er Mtn bike
Description:  Riding along the Spring Creek Greenway on my GT, a 12 mile paved trail through the woods, over hill and over dale. What a way to spend a Saturday morning! (December 2014)

Lifetime Odometer: 2,057.3 miles

click to enlarge 2005 LeMond Zurich
Road bike
Description:  This is a great bike; smooth, responsive, fast and fits me like a glove. Equipped wheel to wheel with Ultegra components. Replaced stock wheels with a set of Mavic Ksylium Elites. This picture is with my friend and riding partner, GTCannon (check out his BJ profile)at the Texas TT Championships back in 2005.

Lifetime Odometer: 17,257.2 miles

700 x 23C Continental Triathelon, front, 10,929 miles
700 x 23C Continental Triathelon, rear, 10,929 miles

click to enlarge 1996 Giant CFR3
Road bike
Description:  My first road bike. Entry level carbon bike with an aluminum fork and seat stay; equipped with 105 components. Like my Trek (see below), I wish I would of kept an acurate riding log for all the miles and rides I put on this bike before I found out about BikeJournal and updated to my LeMond; and like my Trek, I'd probaby have about 5 trillion miles on it ;) This picture was taken by my good friend GTCannon (see BJ) after finishing the rain soaked Blue Bonnett Metric Century out of Hempstead, Texas in the Spring of 2003.

Lifetime Odometer: 7,607.7 miles

click to enlarge 1991 Trek 
700c Hybrid bike
Description:  Back in the day (1991) when I bought this bike, if I would have kept track of the miles I rode it around, I'd probably have 5 trillion :) lifetime miles on it. I rode this bike everywhere; even to the dentist. Today, I use it to pull my son around the neighborhood for about 10 miles. He usually falls asleep after about 4 miles. (Fall 2007)

Lifetime Odometer: 777.4 miles
No planned events for 2018

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