Assistant Service Manager and Bicycle Fit Specialist
Most people think I am that “obsessed bicycle guy” who never thinks about anything else. I prefer to say that I just have a great passion for all things cycling.
Starting back in 1996, I began my professional journey in the bike industry at a shop down in Mansfield Ohio. I then worked at Century Cycles for a few years in the late 90’s before taking a store manager position with Ernie’s Bike Shop in Wooster for a 4-5 year run. When my wife Amanda was finishing her BSN degree at Akron U, we moved back to the Copley area where I grew up. It was at this point when I came back to Century where I have been since 2007.
While I had done quite a bit of racing off-road in those early years, participating in everything from 24-hour events to the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship (OMBC), it was in 2007 that the world changed for me. My friend, Mike McClintock, was going to Alaska to visit his sister and do a 200-mile road race with his son Adam. I was going along as mechanical support, but when Adam had a work conflict, Mike asked if I would be his partner and actually ride for the 2-man team. Racing in Alaska was a real eye-opening experience. I was introduced to Ultra Endurance Racing and witnessed Mike’s realization that the Race Across America (RAAM) was a real possibility for him. We beat 50+ teams that day in Alaska, just 2 guys from Ohio (flatlanders they called us) and the seeds of long distance riding were born.
In 2011, I went with Mike as his mechanic in his first attempt at the RAAM. After he withdrew some 700 miles short of completion, I knew I wanted to do something more with cycling. That same year, I became a USA Cycling certified coach and poured myself into learning everything I could about bike fitting. I took several bike fitting classes from Raleigh, BikeFit, and Serotta International Cycling Institute, and started reading everything I could on biomechanics and physiology. With this new knowledge, I began coaching Mike and several other athletes.
In 2014, Mike completed the RAAM and I completed the Mohican 100-mile MTB race. Later that fall, I raced in and completed the Ohio RAAM Challenge 200-mile road race. After those races, I continued to learn more fitting skills through classes conducted by Cycle Point, as well as at the Medicine of Cycling Conference at the USA Cycling headquarters in Colorado Springs. By January of 2016, I had received my official accreditation by the International Bike Fitting Institute (IBFI).
One particular thrill on the trip to Colorado Springs included an ascent of Pikes Peak on my road bike. Climbing a 14,000-ft+ mountain was a definite “bucket list” item for me. The descent down Pikes Peak was just as amazing, where I hit a top speed of 71mph. If you ever want to change the way you look at your bicycle, spend some time flying downhill at over 60mph...and just enjoy!
These days, I am learning new technology like motion analysis with inertia sensors and motion capture equipment while coaching people to be more powerful and efficient on their bikes. My passion for cycling is stronger now than ever before, and while I am proud of the experiences of the last 20 years in this industry, I truly believe the best is yet to come. With all the advances in technology and medicine, and the blending of those things in the cycling world, these next 20 years are going to be amazing!