Patrick Brundage Age:
43 Resides in:
. Scottsdale Family:
Wife of almost 16 years and 3 daughters (aged 14,13 and 7) Occupation:
Business Analytics / Consulting Sport:
Swimming (pool and open water) Hobbies/Interests:
Travel, travel, travel, eating, reading Sponsors:
I am completely open to all offers to allow me to become a professional Masters' swimmer :) Competing in your sport since:
6 years old. Some breaks in my mid-20s as I started my career and family How did you get into the sport?
My father was a competitive swimmer in HS in Florida and on scholarship at USC in the early 1960s. He threw all 4 of his kids into the sport and it stuck with me. Other sports:
I tried soccer, basketball, golf and baseball, but loved swimming from the start and to this day. What keeps you motivated?
Watching men and women older than me swim amazing times year after year. My wife's running (she does half marathons like they were nothing!) and her drive to create a healthy lifestyle and diet for our family. Who inspires you most?
My dad is the single biggest inspiration in my life: he's still competing in his late 60s, married >40 years and still going strong; if I can be half the man he is, I'll have done well. Love most about your sport:
The people: it's a great group that blends a high degree of competitiveness with a laid-back attitude.
35 Resides in:
. Scottsdale Family:
Wife, two kids and baby on the way Occupation:
Owner of tree business and Park Ranger for City of Phoenix Sport:
birds, Grand Canyon Participating in your sport since:
1990 How did you get into the sport?
Venture-Up introduction to climbing course What was your background?
Outdoor Recreation degree, love the birds so had to learn to climb the tree's. What led you to a career as a tree worker?
Always had a joy of climbing tree's to look for birds and then discovered I could make money pruning tree's while doing what I enjoy.
What do you like most about your job.
I'm the boss, climbing all day long, great views from the tree tops. What do you like least about your job?
I'm the boss, unloading at the landfill. Other sports you have participated in:
swimming, running What keeps you motivated?
seeing my kids take a bit of an interest in what I do. Who inspires you most?
The person in front of me that is stronger, quicker, and better prepared. Love most about your sport:
seldom seen places that most folks never get to experience, the freedom and loneliness one gets to enjoy on some obscure summit.
Jim Prescott Age:
47 Resides in:
Phoenix, AZ Family:
2 Daughters. Lindsay 20 and Lacey 18 Occupation:
Cigna Healthcare (Operations Support) and The Runners Den (Sales) Sport:
: Golf, hiking, movies, sporting events, plays, and going out to dinner. Sponsors
: The Runners Den Competing in your sport since
: 1977 How did you get into the sport?
Well my Dad would not let me play High School football, so I went out for the Cross Country team back in 1977 at Paradise Valley H.S and have been running since then. Other sports:
Hockey, baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, cross country, and track and field. What keeps you motivated?
The competition! It's so outstanding at every race and it pushes you to always be at your best. Who inspires you most?
Myself, my friends, and my oldest daughter Lindsay. She runs for ASU and my goal is to not let her beat me. I think that time has passed, but I enjoy running with her and trying to keep up. Love most about your sport:
That you can do it any place in the world and you can always find someone to run with. Accomplishments:
Phidippides award winner and Master All American.
By Sue Berliner
From top performers to others inspiring the community to ride and or help others, here is their story. The one thing in common, they all love riding their bicycles. One was hooked at 2 1/2, others attribute their enthusiasm for cycling to the exhilaration of the sport. Others blame it on that first challenging ride. I hope you are as inspired as I by these pedal pushers.
Here is a list of the all star cast. Click on a name and you will find their profiles in our news section.
DeJay Birtch (photo on the right)
Mark Van Meter
43 Resides in:
Fountain Hills Family:
Wife Lisa, Border Collie Willow, and 3 rescue cats Occupation:
Database Software Developer (cube dweller) Sport:
triathlon, trail running, vegetable gardening, windsurfing (in the past and hopefully again in the future), home brewing Sponsors
: Myself Competing in your sport since:
1982 (off and on) How did you get into the sport?
I heard about the "Fountain Mountain Triathlon" in 1982 while I was a 14 year old competitive swimmer and it sounded interesting, so I gave it a try. “Training" consisted of biking 2 miles to and from school every day, my regular swimming workouts, and then riding the bike course once before the race. I've raced in triathlons off and on since then. Other sports
: Swimming, running, windsurfing, sailing What keeps you motivated?
Trying to race like I'm still 25... Who inspires you most?
: Dave Scott, because he was the original vegetarian triathlete superhero. Love most about your sport:
Permanent Speedo tan lines.
Age: 47 City: Chandler
Occupation: Software Architect
Type of Riding: Road/Mountain/Racing
How many years riding: 40
Average weekly mileage: 75
Favorite cycling event: My own personal ride from Chandler to Tucson, taking the back roads through Florence
Favorite piece of cycling paraphernalia: My Team Copaxone shirt as it represents my battle with MS. Copaxone is what keeps me on course to slow down this progressive disease
Zaniest Cycling Moment: At age 8 riding my bike across extremely dangerous roads to buy my Mom’s Christmas gift. She loved the gift and I got a good dose of discipline that day
Favorite Cycling Book: No books, but I do love the movie Triplets of Belleville, great bicycling fun movie
Favorite Quote: The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Vince Lombardi American football coach
Must have cycling snack: RCA Cola and bananas
Cycling accomplishments: Tempe Ironman 2009, MS 150 2010 (3/27-28), Bartlett Lake Triathlon 2009, Harvest Moon 2009 ½ Ironman
Greatest Challenge: Tempe Ironman 2009, I had no idea what my mind and body could endure until I actually finished that race. It made me think how much I limit myself when I say “I can’t” or give in to what others think is a ridiculous idea
Giving back: Van Meter has had relapsing Multiple Sclerosis for 27 years. He is involved with an advocacy group that contacts those struggling with MS and encourages them to continue to move forward with their lives. For him, bicycling represents a portion of that process of moving forward.
Let’s set the scene – There sits a 40 something in front of the computer gathering information, determined to start training for an Olympic Distance triathlon. Overwhelmed by the thoughts of fitting purposeful exercise into life, the huge amount of online training programs, material about gait and running shoes, bikes, bars, and pedals, oh my; the wanna-be triathlete heads to the kitchen, head spinning, for a Coke and some trail mix, and calls a friend. “How do others’ lives and bank accounts afford this sport?”
Age: 33 City: Phoenix
Occupation: Real Estate Development
Type of Riding: Competitive in road and mountain bike
How many years riding: 8
Sponsors: Bicycle Haus, Oakley,
Average Weekly Mileage: 250 Miles
Favorite cycling event: Leadville 100
Zaniest Cycling Moment: While descending Palomar mountain in San Diego I was stung on the tongue, then swallowed a bee.
Favorite Cycling Book: It’s Not About theBike by Lance Armstrong
Favorite Quote: “Training doesn't get easier; you just get faster” by Greg Lemond
Must have cycling snack: Fig Newtons
Cycling accomplishments: 2009 Arizona Road Race State Champ, 11th Place 2009 Leadville 100
Greatest Challenge: The Breckenridge 100, which is 100 miles and 13,719 feet of climbing. It is between 9500 and 12700 feet elevation.
Occupation: Business Owner/Designer – The Rogers Group, Inc.
Type of Riding:: road biking
How many years riding: 44
Average Weekly Mileage: 100
Favorite cycling event: Ride for the Children
Favorite piece of cycling paraphernalia: Garmin GPS
Zaniest Cycling Moment: Passing cars in the mountains of Vermont with a backpack strapped on the back of the bike
Favorite Cycling Book:
Every Second Counts
Favorite Quote: I thought of that while riding my bike. — Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity
Must have cycling snack: Hammer Gel
Cycling accomplishments: Climbing Alpe d' Huez 30 minutes slower than Lance
Greatest Challenge: Racing the train from Durango to Silverton, CO
Rogers founded the Ride for Children and The Real Gift Foundation (TRGF) to make a difference in the lives of homeless children in Phoenix. The event is a 10, 25 and 65 mile bicycle ride. In it’s 13th year, Roger’s anticipates 750-1000 riders on Sunday, April 25. TRGF is committed to impacting the lives of the over 15,000 homeless children attending schools in Maricopa County in direct, positive and meaningful ways. Learn more at Rideforthechildren.com.
Laverne Lindsey, 4th from the left with her Ladies Only cycling group
Age: 48 City: Chandler Occupation: Field Engineer
Type of Riding: Road How many years riding: 8 years
Sponsors: Tribe Multisport, Bagel Nosh, Get Fit sport training, irongeezelle.com, Durapulse
Average Weekly Mileage: 150
Favorite Cycling Event: MS 150
Zaniest Cycling Moment: Getting caught in the rain with The Ladies half way up 9 mile hil
lFavorite Cycling Book: Triathlete Magazine
Favorite Quote: Everything is doable... at your own pace
Must have cycling snack: sour gummy bears
Cycling accomplishments: 13 MS 150 bike rides, 2 half Ironman and the most important of all The Ladies Only biking group.
Greatest Challenge: Ironman 2010 and one day to have my entire email list of ladies on bikes, but for now to have 150 Ladies on the road at the same time.
Giving Back: Lindsey’s was hooked on cycling on her first MS 150 mile bike ride. She started The Ladies Only biking group a little more than two years ago with 11 ladies. These ladies wanted to ride but, they were dropped by the main groups and felt intimidated by the faster riders. The ride is a place where ladies can ride every Saturday and feel welcome. The first year they average 15 riders and now average 23 riders with 50+ ladies wearing The Ladies jersey with an email list of 250. The Ladies 2nd year anniversary will be April 17th, Here she comes Around the Mountain. For details email LaVerne Lindsay or go to www.bikereg.com.