Weekend Warrior: Todd Smoyer-Garrick , cyclist

Cyclist, 53, Administrator/Manager VA, Married, 1 cat

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I ride with Victory Bike Studio. I’ve finished the Victory Fondo (68 miles); Big Dam Bridge 100; Flatlanders Ride (68 miles);
  Bluff City Blues (68 miles)

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Favorite event was completing the 100-mile Big Dam Bridge Ride (Sept ’17) with my riding partner & friend, Taylor Taylor.

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I love the biking community. I love the things we talk about on long rides. You really get to know people when you on a country road in the middle of nowhere.

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There is a sense of accomplishment when you complete a long ride. My body and everything about me is better when I am training and working out.

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I had a motorcycle accident the summer of my senior year in high school. It destroyed my shoulder and broke all my ribs on my left side. I’ve had three shoulder surgeries since, and two discs ruptured in my lower back. My motto: I am not going to let past injuries stop me from doing the things I love.

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My next rides are: Grand Fondo Hincapie Chattanooga;
Cheaha Challenge Grand Fondo;
Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock


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 Farm Burger is my favorite meal in Memphis. It’s made to order. I like it well done with a fried egg.

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My vice is local IPAs and a good Bourbon.

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I can knit a mean scarf.

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I’d love to have dinner with The Dalai Lama. I like his spirit, his eternal hope, and how he approaches life with a joyful heart.

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Favorite quote:
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”—Mahatma Gandhi

INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY PHILIP MURPHY.

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