Welcome, space wanderers. I went to a cyclocross race this morning in Glendale, California - watched it, didn't race in it. Two cross seasons now, I've been in retirement (not exactly from a stellar career, mind you) and I guess cross has spread like a germ in a petri dish since then. Don't think I'm ready to race again, though, at least not against real racers. Lately, when I feel the need for competition, I ride my cross bike over to a bike path in Encino and take out my frustrations on unsuspecting recreational cyclists wearing iPods. Sure is a kick to feel strong beating up on the weak.
I'm a writer, teacher, cyclist, and a musician who doesn't practice very much, which means I'm only a pretend musician. Melville once wrote, "Wonder ye then at the fiery hunt." That's my motto, I guess.
My books include two novels, The Right Man for the Job (1997) and The Fire Gospels (1998), and two memoirs: Lummox: The Evolution of a Man (2002) and Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180 (2004). In May of 2012, Rodale Press will release Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists, with illustrations by Danica Novgorodoff. My short fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Sports Writing 2010, Esquire, GQ, Men's Health, and other magazines, and I have been a contributing writer with Bicycling magazine for a long, long time.