About Me

About Me

I grew up in a small town called Alcona just North of Toronto, ON, Canada. My first bike was a blue and white Huffy. I still remember it. I don’t remember the day the training wheels came off but that was the bike that it happened on. My second bike was a purple Huffy. I wore out the rear rubber when I discovered how fun it was to do skids on my Great Grandfather’s gravel driveway. My third bike was a single speed Supercycle. In full 90s mode, it was black with yellow and green neon fluorescent paint splatters and decals. I traded that bike in to buy upgrade for my fourth bike, a 7 speed metallic blue Fila. That was the first bike I rode with purpose and that I looked at as more than just a child’s toy. I devoted a lot of time to keeping that bike clean and well oiled. I bought every upgrade I could get my hands one; everything from more aggressive treads for all the trails around my house to fancy brake pads.

When that bike was stolen I got a Head brand mountain bike. It had shocks and one of those super 90s V style frames. And then finally on my 19th birthday, with my first paycheque from my first full time job, I went to the Trek dealer in Barrie, ON and bought a Trek 1000 from a guy named Brendan. That would be my first and only road bike for several years. I hated it from the moment I got on it. I never got the fit right. It had a triple that just didn’t like to shift. But I rode the shit out of it. I did my first triathlon on that bike. As much I hated that bike, it still has a special place in my mind. Since then I’ve had an array of bikes throughout my athletic career.

In 2013 I moved to London Ontario for Grad school and started riding at the Forest City Velodrome. After completing Ironman Mont Tremblant in 2014, I was looking for my next big challenge. I had dabbled in bike racing when I was 19 but couldn’t afford it back then. I decided to give bike racing a proper go. After four years of solid bike racing, I once again found myself looking for another challenge. I hadn’t accomplished much in bike racing but I’d made the rounds. Crits, Road races, Stage races, training camps, teams, sponsors, I’d pretty much done everything in bike racing but win anything. But winning isn’t the goal for me. It’s always been the experience and the journey. I’d done the bike racing thing and I wanted more. I wanted to experience the next level of sport. But I would never be a pro cyclist. I just wasn’t good enough and I would never get there at 31 years old.

In September of 2017, I decided to turn my focus back to triathlon, a sport I’d always been naturally good at. Not great, but I definitely didn’t have to work as hard to be good at triathlon as I did bike racing. The nature of the sport just suits my personality and my athletic ethos. I had a solid base of endurance fitness from years of training on the bike and triathlon training before that, so I set my sights towards the professional ranks. And here we are.