the week: "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You
are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can
take the next thing that comes along' . . . You must do the thing
you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
My bikes: Specialized Stumpjumper Expert FSR, Van Dessel Country Road Bob, Trek Madone, and my collectors' item: a steel Bontrager from the Santa Cruz daze, restored with help from Bontrager himself.
Notable bike racing experience:
Any given Sunday when I can race in the Root 66 Race Series.
Why you ride: I ride because it is instrumental to my existence. Some days I ride for inspiration; some days I ride just to cope, and other days I ride well, because it's something that I just like to do. I ride with other people because everyone has a story to tell and when I ride alone, it is usually because there's a problem to solve or because I couldn't get anyone else to go. Mostly I ride because I am lucky enough to exist in a time and place (and tax bracket) that allows me the freedom to simply ride.
How did you get into cycling? I grew up next to Acadia National Park in Maine, where there is nearly 60 miles of car-free carriage trails. I bought my first bike - a $200 Cyclepro - on a $50/week installment plan when I was 15 and that was the first time I had ever experienced the untethered thrill of escapism.
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Meet the Team
Thanks for a great
season! We will begin again in April 2008. Please visit
for fall/winter rides or post some of your own!
All rides leave from the Flynn
Rink at the Middlesex Fells in Stoneham at 6pm
Thanks for a great season! We will
begin again in April 2011.
I recently tried the new LUNA Moons on a group ride. Right away I noticed the size of the package and how easily it fit in the back pocket of my jersey. The pack of pomegranate Moons I tried were a modest 100 calories and 6 to a pack, which equals 1 serving.
Moons are smaller and easier to handle than their Shot Blox kin. They have a nice - sweet but not not too sweet - fruity punch and a firm texture that made my mouth happy. I followed them with some water and set out for a 30-mile ride. At the half-way mark, I finished the pack. I found that one pack of Moons helped me maintain enough energy for a leisurely ride. It’s also pretty cool that Moons contain Vitamin C and that they gel with pectin rather than gelatin. Moons currently come in three flavors: pomegranate, blueberry and watermelon and sell for only $1.29 at your local bike shop!