Look Who’s Loving the Bike: May 2012

“I raced bmx redline bicycles when I was a kid.  A neighbor owned a bike shop and had two kids my age. Then I started racing road biles in 1986  and when I went to college I bought a friends Colnogo with Campy super record.   I did lots of local races in Texas and criteriums in Ft. Worth.  I got hooked up with a bike shop in Arlington , TX called Bike Mart (they used to be a part of the slightly more notable Richardson Bike Mart), but had split off .  Because I had no car starting in 1988 my mode of transport was solely my bicycle.

I was riding about 18 miles one way to work 5 days a week and 2 days a week I rode 35 miles one way to chef school.  So I had a good 350 mile a week workout not including the real rides.  I found the longs rides really cleared my head and thoughts and I could organize things to be done.   This is when I realized ultra marathon cycling suited me.  I soon got sponsorship from the bike shop which was a schwinn dealer and we had 2 custom prologue bike frames made for me out of Waterford, WI.  By now I was cycling 700 to 900 miles a week during the 9 months of good Texas weather.  And the regular commute of 350 the other months.  Some of the UMCA races I competed include the RAAM Open West (Tucson, AZ to Flagstaff and back to Tucson) about 450 miles with over 16,000 vertical feet of climbing, I believe that was ’89.  Then RAAM OPEN Mid-West in Illinois which was flatter, but 600 miles in ’90 and a RAAM failed attempt.  I then tried to re-qualify in Ohio the next year in RAAM Open Ohio, Columbus.  After that my chef career needed lots of attention to grow my portfolio so I was reduced to just fun races that we would ride to, then race and ride home.  Somewhere in there I got a car as well so it changes my cycling dynamic in 1991.”

Carl is a Texan who now owns and runs the coolest beach bar and grill that Bonaire has to offer.  Check out www.paradisebonaire.com and be sure to stop in if you’re ever on this beautiful Dutch island.

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