AS: You’ve obviously spent most of your career as a professional athlete, but did cycling ever play a part in your life in that time. Whether for training or unwinding?
MR: Cycling has always been part of my life, from the moment that I learned to ride for fun, to transportation to and from school, to a method of training for hockey as I grew. For my training it was very specific short bursts of speed, mostly anaerobic so my rides were relatively shorter than they are now. But early in the training season, the base miles, MTB and just getting outdoors always brought me as much enjoyment as training.
AS: When did cycling first capture your imagination and did it have anything to do with the professional side of the sport? Did you watch the Tour de France or other big races?
MR: From as early as I can remember, I loved the act of riding. My brothers, sisters and friends would spend countless hours playing “Runover” in the suburban Philadelphia neighborhood where I grew up. I bought my first bike, a Fuji with lawn money and loved going on long rides near my home. As I got more into it, I started watching the Tour and learning about the amazing technology coming out year after year.