Alright a little background on me. I have been racing mountain bikes since 1993. I started on a Fuji Thrill in Milville, MN. The race was held in the woods adjacent to the motocross track. I screamed to a huge 18th place out of 30 junior beginner riders. The next 2 years I upgraded to sport. At age 18, my last as a junior, I went into expert. There I finished 2nd out of 6 in the MN series. There are a few races that are no longer around that were a blast. Milville was one of them.
At age 15 I also started to work at the "Honest Bike Shop". The owner "Honest" Paul was and still is a very colorfull guy. The shop was not exactly the best place for those who enjoyed quiet and clean language, but I did learn a lot on how to work on bikes. I stayed there for about 3 years.
Stay tuned for tommorrow where you will find out amazing things such as;
Where did I work next? Where am I now? Why I have the nickname of Jo Mama? Do I have a life? Who is that masked man?
I was raised in the "hood", self-taught to survive on scraps of old inner tubes and changing bike tires with my teeth. Life is a struggle for me not to be another statistic that so many become after being raised in a caucasion middle class family. I now am a husband, bike mechanic, land lord, stay at home dad, and wannabe mountain bike racer.