We’re deep, thoughtful men and women. There’s so much more to us than just #3TAMButts and amazingly attractive spandex. We’re dreamers, hopers, doers, organ donors. We think things with our brains and our minds.
We sat down and put those members of our team who can read (i.e. NOT Mike Simonson and Sean Kickbush) in front of the famous Proust Questionaire. A fixture on Vanity Fair’s back page, the questionnaire was a parlor game near the turn of the last century, with the responses of writer Marcel Proust becoming the most well-known reproductions. Well, not for long.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Graduating from college.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When you have completely given up, but can’t be done until you reach the finish, but you don’t know in what direction the finish is. This might be bike racing or just in life.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I wear my heart on my sleeve and I am a relentless optimist. Usually those traits are good but in excess they will drive you to madness.
Which living person do you most admire?
I admire people who overcome real hardship and people who make sacrifices. I feel like I have a really great family, team and group of people who support what I’m doing, making it easier to stay focused. I have my own hardships at time, but I have people cheering me on. I admire people who do it without any moral support or cheering section, regardless of the activity. I also really admire people who work full time and finish top five or ten at USA Pro Nationals, some years there is one, most years there are none.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I was known on my college track team for choosing a word and overusing it to the point where my teammates wanted to kill me, then I’d choose another. Some of the more popular ones were: My Squids, torqued, gnar, playa and stupid sheeple.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
An overpriced carbon 15.9-pound road bike with carbon wheels owned by a 42-year-old masters rider trying to go “pro”.
What is your motto?
I’ll do all I can and that’s all I can do.