Name: Michael Robertson
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD8, Cannondale Slice, Cannondale Trail 3, GT Grade
Q: When and how did you discover cycling?
A: In high school I would mountain bike with friends and used that bike for my first triathlons. As an adult, I wanted to get back into riding, but never got around to getting a bike until my car was totalled by a teenager. We used the opportunity to go down to being a one car household and used the recovery to get bikes!
Q: Has your inspiration to ride changed since then, and what is it now?
A: Where I first started riding specifically for triathlon, my inspiration has moved beyond racing to discovering new parts of the world around me while pushing myself to take on new challenges that my seem scary at first blush.
Q: How would you define your style of gravel riding?
A: My style of riding is on the “enjoy the world around me” end of the spectrum. I do like riding hard, of course, but what separates gravel from pure road riding for me is feel of the terrain and the scenery, so I try to take it all in as much as I can.
Q: Describe an ideal day on the bike.
A: Any day that involves friends on two wheels, a good sweat, a beautiful landscape, and beers at the end is an ideal day on the bike for me!
Q: What are some notable trips you’ve done to enjoy cycling?
A: I’ve done Ironman triathlons in Mt. Tremblant, Canada and Bavaria in Germany, both of which offered stunning scenery and beautiful roads. Riding Paris-Roubaix is on my bucket list of bike trips!
Q: You’re a Barnstormer Chapter Leader. What does that entail, and is there anything you hope to help other riders find within the club?
A: That means I’m here to help you discover joy on the gravel path! I hope to help other riders overcome any personal inhibitions they might have over getting off road.
Q: Everyone who rides has something unique to offer. Do you know what you might offer, in that regard?
A: I’ve found a lot of cyclists take themselves VERY seriously. If nothing else, I think I can bring a sense of humor to any ride.
Q: What role does cycling play in your current lifestyle?
A: Cycling has brought me so many moments of pride over the years. Whether it’s becoming an Ironman, or finishing my first cyclocross race, I love finding out what I’m capable of through cycling.