Ride the Rockies rider Q&A | PostIndependent.com

Ride the Rockies rider Q&A

With the 22nd annual Ride the Rockies bicycle tour rolling through Garfield County, including overnight stops in Rifle and Glenwood, we decided to feature a few local riders in a short Q&A. Look for more rider Q&A’s throughout the week.The 422-mile tour started in Frisco on June 17 and ends back in Frisco on June 23.Monday’s ride: 44 miles, from Steamboat Springs to CraigAge: 60Hometown: Glenwood SpringsOccupation: general contractor

Toughest part of today’s ride:Probably just the fact that we had ridden so far yesterday (Sunday, a 99-mile day). There wasn’t anything about today’s ride that was all that difficult.Most memorable part of the ride:It’s just nice to ride in a new location that I hadn’t ridden before. Actually I had ridden it going in the other direction; it was 17 years ago (in Ride the Rockies).Best part of the tour so far?I don’t think we could have better weather. … Very little strong headwinds, so that’s been a bonus because so much of cycling is about the wind. You can kind of depend on the elevation gain, you kind of get that back, but the wind is a wild card.

What inspired you to Ride the Rockies?The first time it was two friends that said, ‘We ought to do this,’ about a week apart. … This year it was Mark Henthorn calling up and saying, ‘We ought to do this.’ (Henthorn, of Glenwood, was signed up for the tour but couldn’t participate for health reasons.) I guess turning 60 I was especially inspired to prove to myself that I’m not as old as 60 sounds.Which is worse, chip-and-sealed roads or city traffic?I’d probably take chip and seal. I’d just as soon be in the countryside, but they’re both hazardous. I wish the county (Garfield) would go to a smaller (chip and seal) aggregate. I think that would make some of their roads that are really nice rides more pleasant.If there was a fire and you could grab only one thing, would it be your wedding photo or your bike?I don’t know where the wedding photo is, but it probably would be the bike. That’s going to cause trouble, you know that.

How did you train for Ride the Rockies?It was good this year because of the early time change. I was able to get home after work and get on the bike earlier in the year. I did about 1,100 miles before the ride.Post-ride evening drink:Beer. Nothing beats beer and endorphins.Floyd Landis: innocent or guilty?I would hope that he’s innocent, but I think that’s really hard to say one way or the other until this (hearing) decision comes out. I sure hope he’s not (guilty).

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