Right place at the right time, or wrong place at the wrong time? It really doesn’t matter. I “really” got into cycling by necessity. Yes, I rode a bike all around my neighborhood when I was a kid, but I truly only discovered the real joys of cycling when I had to replace my [totaled] car with a bike.
It was the fall of 1990 in Baltimore, around the vicinity of Loch Raven Reservoir when I crashed my car and could not afford a new one that I bought a bike. Spending $425 on a mountain bike seemed crazy! But the daily commute from Cockeysville to Timonium, MD on that bike changed my life. It introduced me to bike commuting and ultimately the love of my “biking” life, singletrack. My daily trips to and from work turned into long forays within the confines and trails of Loch Raven Reservoir, I simply couldn’t get enough of it.
After a brief cycling hiatus while I attended basic training and served my initial months in The U.S. Army I landed in the Northern Virginia region and made my way into the Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). It was mid/late 1992, just as the club was forming. The rest as they say is history. I’m still involved with MORE and since then I’ve managed to pen (ride) three regional cycling guides that highlight some of the best riding destinations in the region.
I’ve made some great friends along the way, even lost a few to the sport. I continue to be involved in one way or another to promote, share my knowledge, and mentor new riders into this wonderful activity of ours. Along the way I’ve discovered the road, gravel grinding, single speeds and the pleasure of swinging a cowbell at a CX race. I’ve also learned to love the pain of riding a track bike – though I don’t subscribe to the fixe lifestyle and have yet to discover the “thing” with FAT bikes. I’ve raced a little and in the process managed to break more of the rules than the average rider.
I’m passionate about riding but no expert when it comes to the latest gear or cycling trends; I just try and keep up (pretty much what my riding is like).
What I do manage to know, however, is that there are thousands of enthusiasts like me that love this sport as much as I do and who are looking for great places to ride; just as I did when I got started. Through my books I hope to share those places with you, and along the way, introduce you to some of those friends I’ve made over the years. Some of the people that live for our sport and who've built and worked to ensure we have places to ride our bikes in the woods.
My alter ego is @BestRidesDC. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, where I often post updates, plan rides and share what I see on my cycling adventures.
Hope to see you on the trail or the road!