Why Support Cycling?

Jordan Anderson | Student: Shasta High School

I started riding mountain bikes just for fun during my 7th grade school year, but not competitively. In my junior year of high school, I began doing more serious mountain bike rides with my aunt and, of all things, my old babysitter. The more I rode, the faster I got. Recognizing that I was lugging around a 40-pound-downhill bike, my uncle Paul, who was already on the Owens team, offered to loan me one of his old cross-country mountain bikes. With this borrowed, lighter bike, I entered my first race in 2010, the Shasta Lemurian, and I won my class. Then I tried out another one of Paul's mountain bikes and liked it even better, so I bought it. Soon I was racing in all the local mountain bike events and doing mountain and road training rides with the team. I'm lovin' it.

Cycling Quote:

"Never look back, never think twice."

Scott Asbill | Retired

The first time I saw the movie "Breaking Away", circa 1979, I was hooked on cycling. I traded in my Schwinn 10 speed for an Italian bicycle, got some Lycra shorts, leather cycling shoes and began to ride and race in the Redding area. That summer, I related to and became Dave Stoller. I shaved my legs and became Italian. After a long hiatus from competitive cycling I have returned to a sport I love. I no longer have an Italian bike (but still ride Campy) and the leather shoes are gone, but my desire to ride fast and give it my all like Dave remains.

Cycling Quote:

"...The bike is a terrible thing that drives you to make excessive efforts, inhuman efforts. It takes a racing cyclist to understand what it means to hurt yourself on a bike. Apart from that, everything else about cycling is wonderful: the friendships, the tactics, the ambiance, the glory." Jacques Anquetil

Mark Blaser | Profession: Chemistry Teacher at Shasta College

My interest in endurance sports began 30 years ago as a high school distance runner in Athens, Greece. Since then, I have trained for and competed at distances from 800 m through ultramarathons. In the late '80s, inspired by the Wide World of Sports coverage, I picked up swimming and bicycling and competed as a professional triathlete, twice placing 3rd in the National Long Course Championships, and in the top 15 in the Ironman World Championships. For the past few years, I have focused on bicycle road racing, for the pleasure of riding a bicycle fast, the mental and physical challenges of competition, the camraderie of my cycling buddies, and the overall health and enjoyment it provides.

Cycling Quote:

"If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run, ..." R. Kipling

Todd Dodds | Profession: Director of Medical Equipment, Owens Healthcare

I started cycling back in the 70's riding my sister's Schwinn which began my love affair with the sport. From that point, I rode and raced BMX bikes for years. Eventually, I started riding mountain bikes which I still enjoy today. However, I found that mountain bike riding took a great deal of time, so, I started road cycling. Whether I am riding on the road or in the dirt, the feeling I get reminds of the first time I learned how to ride a bike.

Cycling Quote:

"Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize."

John Friesen | Profession: CEO Owens Healthcare

Over the years I have logged a number of hours running. After developing a stress fracture in 2002 from running I turned to road cycling for exercise. I took part in the "Wednesday" evening ride in our area and learned that road cycling is extremely challenging sport. The part of road cycling that I found intriguing is the sport combined both individual and team efforts. In 2003 I had the opportunity to go to Europe and watch part of the Tour de France. After watching the Tour I made the decision to step up of my level of commitment to the sport and began racing as well as forming the Owens Healthcare Cycling Team. The rest is history...

Cycling Quote:

"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb" - Sir Winston Churchill

Paul Lennon | Profession: Custom Home Builder

My first off road ride was the Whiskeytown Downhill in 1984. That is where it all began. I got 1st place in the Ring of Fire race in 94. Since then I have raced a number of races. I love to ride.

Cycling Quote:

"Speed is your friend."

Jonz Norine | Profession: Attorney

A bike racer should be mentally and physically disciplined. I was a competitive swimmer, then runner, triathlete, and for the last 15 years, a cyclist, and have learned that lesson over and again. I hope to use my experience to help the team and have fun doing it.

Cycling Quote:

"Mankind has invested more than four million years of evolution in the attempt to avoid physical exertion. Now a group of backward-thinking atavists mounted on foot-powered pairs of Hula-Hoops would have us pumping our legs, gritting our teeth, and searing our lungs as though we were being chased across the Pleistocene savanna by saber-toothed tigers. Think of the hopes, the dreams, the effort, the brilliance, the pure force of will that, over the eons, has gone into the creation of the Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Bicycle riders would have us throw all this on the ash heap of history." - P.J. O'Rourke., 'You Bet.'

Jed Pope | Profession: Trucking Company Owner

Since I was a kid I've always loved riding anything on two wheels. I started out racing motocross, over the years I became more competitive, and in 2008 I turned pro and picked up road cycling for motocross training purposes. After spending some time on the road bike, I realized that I really enjoyed it so i bought a mountain bike as well. After my first ride in the dirt out at whiskeytown, I found a new passion for cycling. Started riding with my friend Jordan, who was already on the Owens cycling team, and then started riding with the team on a regular basis. Eventually I got onto to the team and I've had a blast so far, and look forward to keep improving and having fun!

Cycling Quote:

"Keep the rubber side down."

Adam Pressman | Profession: Attorney

In 1973, I got a red Schwinn 5-speed for my eighth birthday. It had a banana seat, a huge gear shift on the top tube, a slick rear tire and chopper-like handlebars. I rode that bike everywhere - school, Little League, friends' houses, motorcycle trails, rural roads, rain or shine. No helmet, no water bottle, no chain lube, no spare tube, no heart rate monitor. In 1992 I moved to Redding and entered the Lemurian mountain bike race. It was insanely muddy and difficult and awesome. My equipment has changed a lot, but I feel like I'm continuing the adventures I started on that old five speed.

Cycling Quote:

"Small wheel turn by the fire and rod, Big wheel turn by the grace of God, Every time that wheel turn 'round, Bound to cover just a little more ground. The wheel is turning and you can't slow down, You can't let go and yuou can't hold on, You can't go back and you can't stand still, If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will" -The Grateful Dead.

Bill Reuss | Profession: Dentist

Cycling gives me a chance to enjoy the beautiful area we live in and develop great friendships with others who have a passion to push their pedals to the point of exhaustion.

Cycling Quote:

"If one is good two or three must be better..." - Bankrupt Cyclist

Mike Simpson | Profession: Nurse

Three words: Down by the river... I am living in a trailer while I build a beautiful home. I will add my bio once I get back on the superhighway aka triway and biway.

Cycling Quote:

"Put your nose on your stem and pedal!!!" - Unknown Rider