top of page

Other Fun, 

but mainly bikes


Though it may shock students to learn, us educators do have lives outside the classroom. One of my greatest passions can be found in bicycles; I enjoy racing, riding, and fixing them. 


I began riding bikes as a kid, zooming around the neighborhood and doing some sweet skids until I wore through my tires. Yet my passion for bicycles didn't full foster until I returned from studying abroad in 2003. With the help of my friend Vince, I discovered I had a knack for mountain biking (albeit the Illinois kind). As that interest grew, I expanded my collection of bikes to include road bikes, fixed gear, and eventually a cyclocross bike (though it was used as a fendered commuter only). 





(Racing my single speed at Star Rock Cross in Fall 2014)

I did not begin racing bikes until I arrived at Penn State for my PhD program. The kids in the Penn State Cycling club were super welcoming and pushed me to race. Slowly, I began to enjoy the pain and suffering that racing in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference provided. State College also provided an education with regards to #EastCoastRocks, and began to redefine what mountain biking was in my head (and my body). 

 (The start of the time trial at the Rothrock You Like a Hurricane race hosted by Penn State

in Rothrock State Forest).

Racing for Penn State was thrilling, even if I was never that successful. Instead, I appreciated  the bonds formed by travelling with the team across the Northeast, and racing in some absolutely silly conditions from Western Massachusetts to Philly. Racing a great release from coursework, but also served as a reward for the hard work inside the classroom. 


My passion for racing grew exponentially when I finally raced cyclocross in larger, more organized fields. The underground races of State College taught me a bit about the pain of short, hard races, but the atmosphere provided by the OVCX and MAC races made the pain bearable. My girlfriend Lindsay and I raced 16 races in the Fall of 2014, mainly focusing on the PACX series. The greatest thing about PACX was a dedicated Single Speed category. SSCX allowed me to race a bike I purchased the previous year, and it even allowed me to reach the podium once or twice. Somehow I appeared to do better when limited to only one gear. 


(Sometimes you even race single speed cyclocross as a Bananaphone. At Eva Bandman in Louisville, 2014)

bottom of page