How It All Began

Esther Gomez - Tempe, AZ

How It All Began

When I first received the invitation to share my love story, I knew exactly where to begin...I began riding nearly 10 years ago in Chicago, IL, commuting to work year round to save a bit of money and continuing that commute when I moved to Tempe, AZ...but then I had to stop and think about that.  When did I first really fall in love with cycling?  When I was stationed in Saudi Arabia for Operation Southern Watch I used to love to ride around the compound on the bikes that were made available for our use.  Prior to that I used to love to take my then three year old son for bike rides all around the base perimeter while stationed at Shaw AFB. Prior to that, I loved to ride with my best friend in the whole world while I was a teenager living in Saginaw, MI.  We would ride all day long and purposely get lost only to discover new places and figure out how to get home.  Man  those were truly good times! Before that, in my pre-teen years, I loved to ride with my three brothers up and down the block racing, if you will, from one end of the street to the other.  We would play all sorts of strange little kid bike games, jumping curbs, flying over homemade ramps and sometimes just riding in circles chasing each other.  Before that?  Watching my brothers put my first banana bike together with purple and pink streamers and a glitter infused seat - talk about a love story.  I loved that bike!  I guess you could say I've been in love with my bike my entire life.  :)

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