BIRTHPLACE: Pittsburgh, PA
JOB: Sr. Manager Aircraft Engineering, FedEx Express
SPORT: Mountain Bike
FAMILY: Wife, Tonya, and two sons, Victor III and Christian
FIT TEAM: Stanky Creek Cycling, Current President and Race Director
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Last year I completed the Hilly Billy Roubaix in West Virginia—boy are there some steep hills in WV. I also ran the Nashville Marathon. Running is okay, but I will stick to the Mountain Bike.
MOST MEMORABLE WW EVENT: Ozark Trail 100 was challenging, but riding 100 miles of single track in one day is an awesome experience.
“The mountain bike and the local mountain bike community have made a tremendous impact on my health.”
I ❤ MOUNTAIN BIKING: The mountain bike offers so much. You can go out for a solo ride where it is just you and the trail. Or you can go out with a group of friends and go from talking and laughing to heading down and constantly focusing on trying to keep up with the riders in front and then back to laughing over a post-ride beverage in the parking lot. Solo or in a group, mountain biking is a great mental reboot from the stress of work and provides a great workout.
NEXT CHALLENGE: It’s very challenging to put on an event, but it is also very rewarding to give back to the mountain bike community. It is my way of trying to say thanks. I am the Race Director for the upcoming mountain bike events.
– Summer Mountain Bike Time Trial Series, starting July 27
– Legend of Stanky Creek TT and XC races, Aug 6 & 7
– Stanky Endurance Race, Sept 24
– 12 hours of Stank, Oct 8
Also, it’s the first year of hosting the Mid-South Mountain Bike Race Series.
Check us out at stankycreek.com for list of events.
WW MUST-HAVE’S: Salsa El Mariachi Ti Carver Gnarvester
OBSTACLE COURSE: I weighed 276 pounds and was “fat” when I moved to the Memphis area in 2006. Upon finding the mountain bike and the local trails, I have lost quite a bit of weight (currently at 200 pounds), but more importantly I have become healthy and fit. The mountain bike and the local mountain bike community have made a tremendous impact on my health.
MOTIVATION: What I write on my handlebars prior to doing an endurance event: “Regrets last longer than pain.” This keeps you focused on finishing when things start to get tough.
BUCKET LIST: I really want to do the High Cascades 100 in Bend Oregon. I thought this would be my year, but time has been my enemy.
BEST BREW: High Cotton Brewing
ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Just read “The Heart and the Fist” by Eric Greitens.
PET PEEVE: Loud chewers and those who show up late for a group ride. If the ride starts at 8am, be ready to roll at 8am, not just be showing up.
MY MOTTO: Keep it simple, spend time with and love the family, drink good beer and coffee, and ride my bike. You know when I am following my motto by the smile on my face.
Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.