Currently Resides: Menomonee Falls
Height: 5′ 10″
Education: Marketing / Communication from UW-Whitewater
Years Racing: 12
Racing Classifications: Road (2), Cyclocross (2), MTB (1)
Strengths On The Bike: Strategy, can go up hills pretty well and sprinting.
Strengths Off The Bike: Sarcasm, literal humor and eating copious amounts of Peanut M&Ms.
Nickname: Fun Al
Family: Jennifer (wife), Justin (6), Kate (3.5) and Greta (3.5)
Favorite Movies: Top Gun, American Flyers
Currently on my MP3: I listen to tapes in my El Camino.
This past fall, I won two Masters 35+ 1/2 cyclocross races (Kringle Cross and Booty Cross), won the Wisconsin State Cup Cyclocross series for Masters 35+ Category 3 and won the State Championship for the same category, while placing 2nd overall in the Masters 35+ race. On the road, I took 2nd place overall in the 2012 ToAD Masters 35+ 3/4 series and won the Lake Geneva Road Race; and 8th overall in the 2013 ToAD Masters 35+ 1/2 series. Before I got old and stuff, I notched a solid handful of Top-10 finishes in WORS Expert (early 2000’s), raced the Napa Valley Wold Cup, Sea Otter Classic, NORBA National at Big Bear as well as a solid handful of Top-10 finishes in Cat P/1/2. And before all of that, I also raced a lot in collegiate cycling after founding the UW-Whitewater Cycling Team in 1996 racing at nationals three times and sitting on the National Board of Directors for Collegiate Cycling. Among all, some of my best memories are being on a team and working together. I’ve also organized, promoted and managed about 20 cycling events over the years, including a WORS race and I was the co-event director for the 2002 NORBA National Mountain Bike Race at Alpine Valley.
In My Own Words
I spend my off-season doing: Working, spending time with my wife and kids and trying to relax…and eating. I also do a lot of plyo and on-bike training.
My goals and expectations for 2014 are: Help the Masters team win some races and hopefully get a chance to win a couple myself. My targets are TOAD and State Crit Championships as well as the overall in Masters 1/2 Cyclocross and the Cyclocross State Championships.
I started racing because: It was a lot of fun and I was kind of good at it. I was also very intrigued by the culture and heritage of cycling…
My cycling mentors and/or influences are: My second cousin named Steve who informed me there was bike racing in Wisconsin in 1995 and a few other folks…like Travis Brown.
I consider my finest moment on the bike to be: The 2001 Kewaskum WORS race. I was in “the zone” and had the best race of my life. I was leading and riding at the front, but freaked myself out thinking I couldn’t maintain the pace. Finished 6th. It was a lot of fun.
The one thing I’ve done on a bike that I will never do again: Try to adjust my cycling computer sensor while riding, and racing dual slalom.
When I’m not on my bike, I like to: Spend time with my wife and kids and play.
Something you probably don’t know about me is: I’ve been named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Business People to Watch and their Powerbook. I’ve owned two businesses…