First, a word about Phil the Thrill:
To someone who doesn’t know me, this nickname might indicate that I’m full of myself. Let me assure you that it’s a joke.
a. I’m barely cracking the top level of American cycling at this point, and that’s not very thrilling in the big picture.
b. Even if I make it all the way, make millions of dollars, and win more tours than Lance, I realize that to most people I’m still a dude with shaved legs and brightly-colored tights who should really get the hell out of the road.
I am a cyclist, a writer, and an entrepreneur. My goal is to see how far bike racing takes me, and begin a career as a writer/journalist or something when I’m ready to hang up my wheels.
In 2004, I retired from laziness and computer games and started riding a bike to lose weight. Quickly enamored with the sport, I bought a road bike and began a training program that fall.
Since then, I’ve gradually moved through the ranks. For 2013, I’ll be riding for Bissell Pro Cycling, and training at altitude in Big Bear, California.