In the summer of 2005, Daniel Goldsmith began to ride his bike around town in hopes to start to get in shape as his brother Matt inspired him to get into cycling. Dan became more and more interested in racing as he began to watch cycling videos.
Soon, Dan was riding with Matt, training 1-2 hours a day, 5 days a week. He was totally sucked into the sport. Only having zero quality equipment, Dan then got a job at Westwood Cycle. By November he got a used Giant OCR2 and began doing the group rides, training year-round and addicted to the sport.
Dan currently competes for the Westwood Velo/Trade Manage Racing team. In 2006, he managed to do three criteriums. In 2007, he raced 14 times, including a time trial.. Dan’s goal is to get his fitness to the next level with Elite Endurance Training Systems!
December Weight: 130 lbs.
Race Weight: 124 lbs.
Birth date, Location: February 19, 1986 – Park Ridge, NJ
Childhood Heroes: “Batman.”
Hobbies and Interests: “Bowling, Cars, Stage races.”
Favorite Movies: “The Dark Knight, The Fifth Element, IROBOT, Without Limits, Breaking Away, American Flyer.”
Musical Tastes: “Anything but elevator music.”
Favorite TV Shows: “Cycling on Versus, Formula 1 (Racing), ALMS (Racing), House MD, Scrubs.”
Favorite Meal: “Everything bagel with bacon and egg, Steak or Hamburgers, Tortellini, Pizza.”
￼Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Oatmeal.”
Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “Oatmeal.”
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Coffee.”
Childhood Dream: “Racing M3’s or Porsche’s.”
First Car: “(1995) BMW 530i”
First Job: “Sweeping floors, changing tubes and tires at Westwood Cycle.” Favorite Vacation Spot: “Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.”
Pre-Race Feeling: “Nervous.”
Early Racing Memory: “Finishing the State Crit Championship.”
Funny Racing Memory: “When one member of the Park Ridge G.S. Team started to commentate like Phil Liggett during the criterium we were racing.”
Greatest Racing Moment: “Finishing 9th in one of the Rockleigh Crit races.”
Closest Racing Friends: “My Brother, Zach Coop, and many others from Westwood Velo riders.”
Funniest Racer: “Robbie McEwen.”
Favorite Race: “NJ State Road Race.”
Toughest Competitors: “Too many to name.”
Favorite Athletes to Watch: “Levi Leipheimer, Mark Cavendish, Tom Boonen, and Robbie McEwen.”
Qualities You Most Admire in People: “People who always have motivation and determination.”
What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “Just being able to ride around for 3-4-5 hours in Bergen county or Rockland county, looking at beautiful landscapes and just enjoying the road, I also love road races.”