Chris found himself overweight, weak, and generally unmotivated as he approached his fifties. But one day, while sitting on the couch, watching stage 3 of the ’17 Tour de France, he suddenly put down his beer, stood up, drove to the Bike shop and bought a road bike. It was a lark. A grasp at anything to reinvigorate the athlete within.
Three weeks later he signed up for PIR and raced his first bike race in almost 40 years (a little BMX in his tweens). The ease with which the CAT 5s shelled him off was a real eye opener, but it also set the hook. Time to train. Now, he’s lost weight and won the prime lap at the last PIR 4/5 race he entered–not bad, but he hopes for more.
Dad duties, life, and other commitments prevent him from racing as much as he’d like to. And his efforts with his charity ride benefitting World Bicycle Relief, and partnering with Dialed Cycling Team to promote it, take up a fair bit of that time. Basically, Chis is still in the ‘figuring it out’ phase of scheduling racing into a busy life, but he will be out there whenever he can be–as long as he can be competitive or a help to the team.
Chris has found his place being a dad.
BUCKET LIST RIDES & EVENTS:
- I’d like to do one or two of the monument sportifs like Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
- I’d like to compete in a Six Day track event.
- I’d like to do a stage race, but that will require losing a lot more weight!