What was the adjustment going from fixed geared to road bikes?
Fixed geared criteriums was all I did before I got onto the road bike. That came in so fast, and it got so big. Before that, I was racing the track, so I had this understanding of how the bikes maneuvered. It’s different on a road bike. If you can race a fixed gear bike in a crit, the maneuvering is still the same. You still need that gutsiness to it. Also, the leg speed… Fixed-geared crits you’re pushing 90 to 100 rpms average, vs in a crit you’re probably doing 85 to 90.
Where do you see American racing going the next few years with criteriums?
It’s going to take the culture making that shift. The tradition of cycling is very deep rooted. Everyone wants to be a road racer. But it’s time for a change. Getting people to understand, we are Americans. We deserve our own avenue. Criteriums, it’s our culture. If you look at every other sport that we love, criteriums go hand and hand with American culture. You can build a lot around that. It’s going to be very successful in the next three to five years.
Photos by Kit Karzen