I’m like many of you, a cyclist who enjoys the hypnotic humming sound of bike tires on the asphalt, the feeling of accomplishment when a ride is completed, and setting an example of fitness for our children and grandchildren. I’m more stubborn than I am athletic, especially when I set distance goals or participate in races or tours that I often plan a year or two in advance.
At a glance:
• Arizona resident. Native of West Virginia.
• Graduate of West Virginia University (B.S. Journalism).
• Former marketing and advertising guy, mostly in the corporate world.
• Owner of two Specialized Roubaix road bikes and a Surly Disc Trucker touring bike.
• Sailor, kayaker and former distance runner — until my ankles gave out.
• Married to a scientist-cyclist.
• Favorite ride: The Loop, Tucson’s network of shared-use paths totaling 131 miles.
Have a great ride today.
— Joe Pickens