My interest in ultracycling dates back when I first started seriously riding a bike in college in the early 1980s. I remember watching RAAM coverage on Wide World of Sports and imagining someday I would be able to attempt such a challenge. In 1986, I entered my first bike race in Los Alamos NM, and quickly fell in love with the sport. Ultimately, I upgraded to USCF Category 2, and developed into a successful local and regional racer, and placed on the podium at the Masters National Championships in the criterium in 2006 and 2011.
More recently, I have begun to explore my early interests in ultracyling with the 2014 Dirty Kanza, finishing before sunset in 13:54:04. In August 2018 I completed the 309 mile Hoodoo 300, finishing in 19:04. After a disappointing DNF at RAW 2019, we returned to Hoodoo and completed the 500 in just over 42 hours--qualifying for RAAM. Currently my plan is to take one more year preparing with RAW 2020 and the Hood00 2020 before attempting the full RAAM the year I turn 60. Taking 35 years of training and race experience, figuring out what knowledge and experience is relevant, what can be adapted, and what must be learned to perform in a new discipline of the sport has been amazingly rewarding and challenging.
Cycling and elite training has always had a deep meaning to me. Through sport, I believe we develop the courage and character not only for the competition at hand, but also for all aspects of life. Through our training and racing, we develop, rehearse and test those skills. For me, ultracycling is a new exploration of those ideals.
Athletic Background and Data
Notable Race Results and Accomplishments
Career and Family
In my professional life, I am a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. I am married to my wife of 36 years, Cathy Pearce, who is a competitive masters runner and my Crew Chief for the 2020 RAW. Cathy and I have been blessed with three adult sons, Christopher, Benjamin, and Jack.