Biking to me is not only about racing, its a way of life. I was a competitive high school athlete playing both varsity football and hockey. I tell you that because five years after graduating high school I went from a solid 185 lbs fit athlete to a 275 lbs person who thought he was still that fit kid from high school. Two weeks after I acknowledged how bad I let myself go, I went out and bought a cheap mountain bike. Two weeks after that I bought the most expensive bike I could afford at the time and started racing. At first some people laughed and gave me a hard time. By the time the next racing season came around I had lost 100 lbs. People stop laughing at me and started cursing when they saw my on the start line.