"A shared passion for cycling, discovered at the 2003 Tour de France, reinvented for the Internet."
The Triple Crankset began in a humble fashion; through a series of long and drawn out email exchanges. Three years after we participated in a Trek Travel Bike Tour that saw us tackle the Pyrenees in the final week of what was arguably the most competitive and memorable Tour de France to date, we decided to take on the blogosphere.
Since that time, our stories have been picked up by Time, USA Today, The Austin American Statesman, The Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters, and LIVESTRONG.com, and we have been credentialed as media for races, such as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 & 2009), and trade shows like Interbike (for a full list of our media credentials).
We have many to thank who have contributed to our growth, but we would be remiss if we did not thank those of you who have randomly happened upon our site and come back time and time again.
Aaron M (53rd Tooth) - I began my cycling passion like many American suburban kids, with my first crack at freedom. At a spry 12 years of age and toting a 30lb, '85 Schwinn World Sport, I explored all the wonders of Hershey and Central Pennsylvania.
Realizing quickly that I was not satisfied with merely touring the countryside I began challenging other neighbor kids, dogs, motorcycles and even school buses to any "race" they were willing to enter or as in most cases, not even aware they were participating in. As such, I spent my working hours wrenching at the local shop and began real racing in high school as a USCF junior. It was then that I drew inspiration from the great American riders of the day: Phinney, Grewal, Hampsten and of course Lemond.
Like most kids racing bikes in the 80's, I found himself often training alone and having few to share my passion. It was those times of solitude that forged my personal and physical development into the person I am today.
Having given up cycling for 10 long years while navigating the rigors of corporate life, I returned to the bike in 2002 a hefty 225lbs. It was Lance Armstrong's "Its' Not About The Bike" that helped me turn the corner. Newly inspired and motivated, I began regular training in 2003, lost 60lbs and joined fellow Crankset bloggers in achieving one of my childhood dreams, attending the Tour de France.
Since 2004, I have returned to regular racing and in 2007 began a tradition kicking off the season somewhere I have not been before. My inaugural trip included Northern CA, Portland, OR and Seattle. In 2008, I plan to continue this tradition somewhere in the American West.
Six years ago, 2003, when I bought my 5200 following a bike accident that totaled my Trek 1300 and nearly totaled me, was a watershed year for me. And it was all about the bike. I recovered from the accident, trained hard for my first of two Trek Travel tours along the Tour de France, triumphantly climbing in the Pyrenees with my eventual Triple Crankset teammates. A year later, I returned to France with Trek Travel for the first week of the '04 Tour. I also attended the Grand Depart in London in 2007. But for me, it's all about the Tour of '03.
Professionally, I'm a journalist, a teacher and a mentor. I have taught for 18 years, the last nine at George Mason University.
I have been a journalist since I wrote my first story for the school newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966.
I have worked for the Milwaukee Journal, Wisconsin State Journal, South Bend Tribune, Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Crusaders (of the World Hockey Association), Enterprise Radio/The Sports Network, the Stamford Advocate, Tennis magazine, the Lansing State Journal, USA Today, and a number of long-gone dot.com startups during the heady boom days.
And my proteges, if I can call them that, number in the many dozens throughout the media world.
Oh -- and I believe that it is Lance Armstrong's big heart that has carried him to his victories on and off the bike. As long as I can believe that, I can believe in the value of a career and life spent in sport.
I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact.
Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.
In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.
I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 & 2009) and the US Criterium Nationals. I recently completed a stint as a Guest Contributor for LIVESTRONG.com, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.