I began cycling after back surgery when I had to give up running and skiing in 2016. After riding for a year I decided to start racing and joined a team based in the Sacramento area in 2018. I raced as a Cat 5, 4, and 3 and upgraded to a Category 2 in 2019 while winning the Road Race and Time Trial NCNCA Masters State Championships for my age group. Before the start of the 2020 season, my friend and I co-founded Velo Kings Racing. Earlier this year I was upgraded to Category 1. My short racing history has taught me this truth: It’s far more rewarding to race with teammates regardless of the outcome than it is to individually win any single event. Team is everything. I plan as many of my training and free rides with teammates as I can.
I have been involved in sports since I was 4. My love for competition started when I played on the first organized soccer team in our area, over 40 years ago. I also played basketball, baseball, football, and even played for the Illinois State University Rugby Club in college.
After I graduated from Illinois State University with a business degree I was hired by the company I still work for today, Consolidated Electrical Distributors. One benefit was, they moved me from Illinois to California, and I’ve been here for almost 25 years now.
After I moved to California I decided to get into mountain biking and participating in any of the races that were in Northern California. Eventually I got into road cycling as a means of training for mountain biking.
There were things I liked about both mountain biking and road cycling. I really appreciated the systematic way that you could upgrade in road cycling. After putting in a lot of training, I began to earn some upgrade points from Cat 4 to Cat 3. On July 4th of 2015 at the Davis Crit I crashed really hard and went to the emergency room. I ended up having shoulder surgery. Although this derailed my plans to upgrade in 2015, I recovered well and came back in 2016 to earn the rest of the points I needed to upgrade to a Cat 3.
Part of my success was from winning the Merced Crit in 2015 and repeating the first place finish in 2016.
I love competition and being a part of a team with like minded individuals. Now I’m focused on helping my teammates achieve their goals and eventually me upgrading to a Cat 2.