About: I bought my first real (aka rigid with fat tires) mountain bike in 1994 as a present to myself for surviving a term of enlistment in the Army. I like to race because it’s so challenging and I don’t want my kids to think I’m lame when they get older (they probably will anyway). My awesome wife is super supportive and I think she enjoys crewing for me at some of my races, even if she won’t admit it. My first year racing, I did it on my own (with a lot of help from my wife) and didn’t have nearly as much fun as I’m having racing with teammates. I used to think racers were spandex clad wienies, but now I just think racers on other teams are.