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I grew up in a small farming town in Marin called Point Reyes Station.  It was an interesting mix of old school dairy farmers and ranchers and hippies — members of the Grateful Dead lived close by.  I have a typical California family in that I have only half siblings.Different fathers and mothers.An older brotherand older sister from different fathers, and a younger brother from a different mother.I was a gifted athlete in grade school and last time I checked I still held the school record for the 100 meter dash.

My mother married a Park Ranger and we lived for a few years way out in the country.  My closest neighbor was 2 miles away and I had to hike down a mountain for an hour to catch the bus to school, a 45 minute bus ride away.  Needless to say I had to hike back up that mountain every day as well.  But my first year of high school was worse, I had a 1.5 hour car ride every day to get there and if I missed my ride I would have to hitch hike.  My 2nd year of high school we finally moved to the suburbs which made things much easier.  I loved growing up in the country though and wasn’t excited to move.  Funny how that works, all my friends couldn’t wait to get out of our small home town, and I wanted to stay.

But it turned out I was the only one of my friends to leave. All my old school friends still live in our little home town even now.  Towards the end of high school I got seriously into bicycle racing. I raced at elite levels both in mountain bikes and road bikes and even spent a summer at the Olympic training center the same time as Lance Armstrong — just before the 1992 Olympics.  I raced for a MTB team sponsored by Diamond Back Bicycles that also had an Italian team.  When their Italian team came to the USA they offered to take me on for the season in Italy and around Europe.  I started racing MTBs over there, but quickly moved into road racing.  I spent two years in Italy with Italian Road Teams, and 2 years in Belgium with Belgian road teams.  Eventually I realized I was never going to make it to the highest level at cycling, so I came back to the USA to go back to school.


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