Currently Resides: Western Milwaukee
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 168, will be 158 during the season.
Education: Marketing and Communication degree from UW-Whitewater
Years Racing: 10
Racing Classifications: 2 (will like race as a Masters 3 though)
Strengths On The Bike: Strategy, can go up hills pretty well and sprinting.
Strengths Off The Bike: Sarcasm, literal humor, Marketing, PR and social media strategy. I founded an agency four years ago that focuses on helping businesses use social media to grow. Grew the company to eight people and then we merged with Hanson Dodge Creative at the beginning of January 2011. We are America’s leading active lifestyle agency and we work with companies such as Trek Bicycle, Wilson Sporting Good, Ragnar Relay, Koss, Thule and others.
Nickname: Fun Al
Family: Wife, Jennifer; son, Justin (3 1/2); twin daughters, Kate (1) and Greta (1)
Favorite Movies: Top Gun
Currently on my MP3: Big mix of stuff. Green Day, Florence + The Machine, Dr. Dog, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, The National, Pearl Jam, Dessa, The Shins, Serj Tankian, Van Morrison, Smashing Pumpkins
I raced from 1996 to 2006 and had a great time. Over the years I notched a solid handful of Top-10 finishes in WORS Expert (early 2000′s) as well as a solid handful of Top-10 finishes in Cat P/1/2 (2006). I also raced a lot in collegiate cycling after founding the UW-Whitewater Cycling Team in 1996. We races Nationals several years and did a lot of traveling during the seasons. Among all, some of my best memories are being on a team and working together.
I’ve also organized, promoted and managed about 12-20 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. I also hit the weights, plyo and on-bike training and mix in speed skating and snowshoeing.
My goals and expectations for 2012 are: Help the Masters team win some races and hopefully get a chance to place well myself. My targets are TOAD and State Crit 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.
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.