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RIDERS

Why do we ride? Is it to fly? To be free? To feel our inner warrior? To hurt so much that we KNOW with absolute certainty that we are alive? Below are the riders of LaunchPad and their reasons for "Why?"

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Chad C. Nichols

RIDING: 33 years. RACING: 9 years.

"I love riding my bike. I ride to fly and feel free. If I ever lost my legs, I'd ride with the power of my arms. If I lost my arms... I'd figure something out."

CYCLING ACCOMPLISHMENT:

"When I was 20, I rode across much of Northern Europe. I carried everything I needed, sleeping at hostels and in my tent at random, beautiful spots. I didn't realize it then, but it was the time of my life."

WHY CHAD RIDES?

"It may sound silly or lofty, but I ride to give my life meaning. When I'm riding a lot, and even racing; what I eat, how I spend my physical energy, my self-care, my emotional care, my general lifestyle... EVERYTHING comes into play. It all adds up to effect the way I pedal and ride, especially if I'm racing.

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Derek Wilkerson

RIDING: 36 years. RACING: 30 years.

"As for training, if your not motivated for whatever your training calls for that day make a promise to just get on the bike for 15 minutes. If you only do 15 minutes, that's fine. I usually find that after a few minutes I want to do more. Consistency is the key."

CYCLING ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Winning elite national criterium at 19 years old.

WHY DEREK RIDES?

"I ride simply because I love it. The feeling of freedom, undulating on the different terrains throughout the world. Feeling super alive and the aftermath of being cleansed and depleted that follows a long day in the saddle."

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Galen Erickson

RIDING: X years. RACING: X years.

"Write a cool quote from Galen here."

CYCLING ACCOMPLISHMENT:

"Write a cool quote from Galen here."

WHY GALEN RIDES?

"Write a cool quote from Galen here."

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John Gerard Sheehan

RIDING: X years. RACING: X years.

"Write a cool quote from John here."

CYCLING ACCOMPLISHMENT:

"Write a cool quote from John here."

WHY JOHN RIDES?

"Write a cool quote from John here."

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Alden Gwinn

RIDING: X years. RACING: X years.

"Write a cool quote from Alden here."

CYCLING ACCOMPLISHMENT:

"Write a cool quote from Alden here."

WHY ALDEN RIDES?

"Write a cool quote from Alden here."

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Lash Desmosedici

RIDING: X years. RACING: X years.

"Write a cool quote from Lash here."

CYCLING ACCOMPLISHMENT:

"Write a cool quote from Lash here."

WHY LASH RIDES?

"Write a cool quote from Lash here."


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