How did you get into cycling?
Our family moved to the Netherlands in the late 1970s. We lived there for a couple of years. I thought I was going to be a professional soccer player. I remember being over there, and we did see some bike racing going on. I remember being on a weekend family trip driving through Belgium, and all of a sudden, you get stopped, and this huge peloton of racers goes by. I never really thought of it until we moved back to the U.S., to Santa Barbara.
I remember my parents talked with other families, ‘where are your kids going to school?’ There was a little private school, called Santa Barbara Middle School. The student body was like 60 kids total. Beyond regular school, they did outdoor trips: hiking, backpacking, and bicycle trips.
I was in ninth grade, and my brother, Derin, was in seventh grade. We stayed in campgrounds. Everyone had roles. You had to cook certain nights. It was just learning life, but it was also my intro to road bikes. I was always competitive, so I was like why don’t we race bikes? (Derin also turned pro.)
How did you start working with TIME?
There was a guy in Santa Barbara named Doug Knox who owned a bike shop called Hendrickson’s. He came over to the house one night and brought some shoes and pedals. He said, ‘Hey, guys, we got this new brand coming in from France, TIME Pedals. You guys should try these out.’ I had only been on toe clips and straps until then. In late 1987, I first got on the LE DEFI pedals and shoes.
The Interbike show was in Long Beach. That would be the big launch of this brand in the U.S. My brother and I switched sitting on a trainer all day pedaling. We showed people how to clip in and twist out with this cleat system. That’s how it all got started.