Boy was I the happiest

David Irwin - San Luis Obispo, CA

Boy was I the happiest

My first bike came from Santa Claus when I was 5 years old. It was a bright blue and yellow MOTO ONE with the spoked mags. Boy was I the happiest, and most envied kid on the block. Little did Santa know the effect he would have on me as I quickly mastered the art of BMX. From age 5 till about 10, i raced up and down the state of California, as my parents saw that i was a natural. Weekends became road trips, and soon i began to run out of room on the living room mantle with all my trophies. Like anything though, BMX was a fad that came and went in the 80's, although i still managed to keep myself updated with the latest and coolest bike. I worked through the PK rippers, Diamond Backs, and Torkers and Robinsons. I dabbled in some freestyle as well as some minor ramp work. Obviously as time went on, life happened although I still retained my love for the 2 wheel freedom. It was always nice to know that I could always go into the garage and escape for miles at a time on a journey that is not scripted. The only author was the roads or trails I chose to travel. Most recently (35 years later) I have fell in love with my bikes again and have began racing downhill mountain bikes. At 40 years old, a lot has changed (healing time) as well as the technology. I know in my mind though the one thing that will never change is the love for my bike and the desire for the competition. My motto has most recently become " I am fueled by the reward of the finish, and the challenge of the journey."

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