I have know George for a little over a year now, but left for a work stint in New York before we could get out for a ride together.
I managed to catch up with George recently, this is his story.
I am 38 years of age and grew up in country Australia in a small town called Gundagai. I have always been into cycling in one form or another, mostly mountain biking but in recent years I have done more road riding. An accomplishment that I am proud of is the Three Peaks Challenge in Falls creek a couple of years back, just getting under the cut-off of 13hrs. I also did a small Europe tour with a friend a few years back where we put road tires on our mountain bikes and road around a few countries, an experience that every cyclist that like to travel should embark on. I have always wanted to follow the Tour de France and maybe with a bit of planning, it is something that will happen one day…
- What first got you started in cycling?
I have always been interested in sport and grew up with bicycles and motorbikes, so it always felt natural to have a bike.
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
I have two bikes, one road and one mountain bike. Both are Merida.
- What bike do you covet?
I like trials bikes and dual suspension mountain bike with long travel suspension. I don’t have any specific bike that I need to have.
- How do you store your bikes?
Leaning up against a wall in the living room.
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I tend to do all my minor maintenance and anything major I would take it to a shop.
- You’ve been in New York for a while now, have you formed an opinion of the differences between New York and Sydney riders?
I couldn’t say that there are any defining features that I have discovered about New York riders in comparison to Sydney riders. I have noticed that New York drivers are a bit more mental than Sydney drivers, which may cross over into the cycling community
- What do you love about cycling?
The simplicity and freedom that you feel when riding. I really enjoy riding on open country roads as you get to see the world at a better pace than whizzing by at 100km per hour in a car. I also like the challenge of hill riding, really pushing myself to get to the top. Riding on the flat tends to bore me a little.
- What annoys most about cycling?
Saddle soreness. I consider myself a recreational rider and it can be quite some time between rides.
- Have you had any crashes?
Nothing major. I had a small crash which was my own fault turning into a road way that had tram rail grooves. My wheels got jammed in the rail groove and down I went.
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Anyone Australian that is riding in the Tour de France
- If you could have dinner with 3 people from the cycling world, who would they be and why?
I guess, Lance Armstrong would be the first that comes to mind. I would probably ask him about doping in sport. As for the 2nd and the 3rd persons, anyone that would like to be part of that conversation.
- What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?
My craziest would be riding in France and not understanding the road rules. My friend and I were escorted from a major freeway in France, being loaded into the back of a van and taken to the nearest regional road. This ruined our planned trip by adding more time than we had allowed for in the trip from the port of Le Havre into Paris.
- What is your favourite post ride coffee spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?
Any place that looks like they make good coffee. I tend eat anything as I justify that I am burning lots of calories.
- If you could, where you you like to go on a cycling holiday?
I would probably go back to Europe, not sure where though.
- What is your favourite local training route?
I ride around Prospect Park in Brooklyn which is only a few minutes from my house.
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?
Haven’t told one yet.
- What would you like for your next birthday?
A new set of cycling shoes, the one’s which you mold to your feet.
- Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
Having moved to New York, I am now starting to look for riding challenges, whether that be a mountain ride or a road endurance event. Something challenging!