AS: Hi Nick! Can you tell us what type of rider you are?
NL: I ride road, gravel, and MTB, but concentrate on gravel events and races. The first gravel event I signed up for was Unbound in 2020. Unfortunately, the 2020 edition was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic but I think it was a blessing in disguise. It gave me another year to build my engine and I placed 64th overall in 2021. After that I’ve been hooked. The events have a nice festival-esque atmosphere, take you to interesting locations, and I like the mass start aspect. I want to lineup to test myself against the fastest riders.
AS: When did you start riding bikes?
NL: Like many I started riding bikes around 3 or 4 years old. I still have a vivid image of my red Schwinn Gremlin in my head and remember wearing my brothers hockey pads as protection the first time I rode without training wheels. Bikes offered me my first bit of freedom as I got older. Many of our friends lived 7+ miles away and parents weren’t always available to drive us so bikes were our mode of summer transportation. We would ride MTB on ATV trails, build dirt jumps (I was never very good), and just ride bikes for fun. We didn’t have races or organized programs available to us. I first started to join group rides when I moved to CT in 2013, started my first CRCA race in 2017, and first gravel event in 2021.