It all started when I was a wee tyke riding a Mongoose BMX bike. My neighbor and I left skid marks all up and down the neighborhood until my parents made me buy my own tires. My neighbor got a bike with multiple gears and was then faster than me. I pleaded my case to my parents until they bucked and my dad and I got matching Trek 21 speed hardtails. Those lasted for a few years until about 7th grade when mine was stolen. I replaced it with a Trek Y-26 because I thought it would be really cool to have a full suspension and that bike was great. I rode that bike into the ground at my local 5 mile long singletrack trail in Modesto. One day in high school, my best friend showed up to my place on a Trek 1000 Discovery Channel edition road bike. I couldn’t keep up with him so naturally, I needed a road bike. I too quickly purchased a Trek 1000 but in the neon orange and yellow paint option. Together we rode all over the place. We owned the town, or at least we thought we did until we went to our first group ride and were promptly put in our place. My best friend and I started the Cycling Club at our high school after I dropped out of cross country due to growing pains. My Y-26 had grown small on me so I upgraded not only to another full suspension, but this one had disk brakes to boot! It was a Ironhorse Maverick 4.0, a beast of a bike with bottom-of-the-line components, but it was still an upgrade. The Ironhorse lasted until my second year of junior college when it was stolen right out from under my nose while I was taking a midterm. It was replaced 2 months later after working in every free moment, selling my haggard Y-26 and other things I no longer used, with a Trek Fuel EX8. That bike has been a trusty companion ever since, however after slowly upgrading almost every part I’ve run into a bit of a Theseus’ Ship paradox. Is it really the same bike? I then moved to Sacramento to live with my best friend growing up while we went to college. I bought my roommates mountain bike and have been using it as a zero maintenance commuter ever since. The next addition to the arsenal or quiver of bikes if you will, was a Stumpjumper 29er hardtail after test riding a Focus at Sea Otter. I was blown away with how much traction and climbing ability the larger wheels and lighter bike had. I raced collegiate mountain biking for Sac State and had a blast meeting people from all over California with the same passion. The next year at Sea Otter I test rode a Trek Domane, Cannondale Synapse, and Specialized Roubaix. By the end of the summer, I had a Trek Domane in my arsenal as well to replace my stiff, aging Trek 1000. 10,000 plus miles later I still think it’s one of the best road bikes ever made. The following year I won an Origin8 Fix8 in a raffle at Sea Otter so that was cool. Thanks guys! I fell in love with bigger and bigger rides exploring central California and saw the “Ride the Divide” documentary somewhere along the line. It was the beginning of an addiction that lead me to where I am today. Over some beers in 2014 my friends and I were talking about the Divide and my romanticized interest in it. My buddy said the route was mostly dirt roads and I wasn’t a man unless I did it on a cyclocross bike… so I did. In October I built up a Trek Boone 9 specifically geared and built with the Tour Divide in mind. I built my first wheel set a week before testing it and using it on the Divide. After 21 days and 2,753 miles, I crossed into Mexico. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but left me longing for the feeling of freedom that you only feel on a loaded bike. I’ve been working on a number of routes in California and on the west coast for bikepacking and doing some exploratory riding to possibly set up a race route or two. In 2016 via a series of fortunate events, I was able to spend close to a month in Colorado riding bikes with friends and racing the Colorado Trail Race. It was incredibly difficult and I ended at mile 352 with a crash on a gravel road. It was disappointing but I’ve got an excuse to go back to Colorado for a rematch. This brings us to the present day with more adventures to come. If you’re interested in some big rides, get at me.