From Little League, wrestling, and football, sports have always been a part of Dana’s life. One of his biggest regrets was giving up the piano as a kid because all he wanted to do was play outside. The desire to compete as an adult led me to cycling – because he simply loves to train. Dana loves the concept of continuous learning and lifelong improvement. The minute you think you know it all, it’s all over.
Dr. Fallon rides for Liberty Cycle, one of the top Masters teams in the country. His strength as a rider is in the Time Trial and as a breakaway rider. He’s a dentist whose focus is on cosmetic and holistic dentistry. He’s married and has two cats, Jib and Zipp.
December Weight: 144 lbs.
Race Weight: 138 lbs.
Birth date, Location: “August 17, 1956 – Augsburg, Germany – my father was in the Army.” Childhood Heroes: “The 1969 Mets – I had my bedroom walls plastered with Mets stuff.” Hobbies and Interests: “Cycling, music, reading. I read a ton about fitness and nutrition.”
Favorite Movies: “Best In Show, The Sting, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Fargo, Road to Perdition, Cinderella Man, A Christmas Story, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Plains, Trains & Automobiles, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Musical Tastes: “Aimee Mann, Ryan – not Bryan – Adams, Radiohead, REM, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, Warren Zevon, Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst, The Beatles, Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins. I love discovering new music, just listened to Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes.”
Favorite TV Shows: “The Office. The Jets… when the win!” Favorite Meal: “Pasta with turkey meatballs.”
￼Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Oatmeal.”
Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “Bagel with peanut butter and Peet’s coffee.”
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Chocolate Chip Mint.”
Childhood Dream: “To play point guard for the Knicks.”
First Car: “A crap 1967 Ford Falcon.”
First Job: “KFC. I could not get the smell of grease out of my clothes.”
Favorite Vacation Spot: “Anywhere with water and sand.”
Pre-Race Feeling: “Butterflies.”
Early Racing Memory: “My very first race was s training race at Fort Monmouth. My first mentor in cycling, Tom Ayers, took me under his wing. I think I made it about half a lap and I was shot out the back as if by a cannon. Since it was a training race, you can get back in. As the pack came around again, I tried with all my might only to have the same result.”
Funny Racing Memory: “See above!”
Greatest Racing Moment: “I would say finishing 6th in GC at the Killington Stage Race in the 90’s. Also, having my Mom and Dad watch me in a two-man break at the Hall of Fame Crit in 2007.”
Most Painful Moment In Life: “Getting cut from POP Warner because I couldn’t gain weight. I’ve always been on the small side so my Dad taught me to lift weights to bulk up. I still remember the taste of the protein shakes – not too good in the early days.”
Worst Injury from Racing: “Occurred July 2008 at the Zeppelin Crit in Lakehurst. I hurt my ribs pretty bad, took a few chunks out of my hand and got some serious road rash. Took my first – and hopefully last – ride in an ambulance.”
Closest Racing Friends: “Honestly, there are too many great people in our cycling community to mention.”
Funniest Racer: “Larry Towner, Barry Nazarian. ‘Funny’ or funny, either way – Barry.”
Favorite Race: “Hall of Fame Crit – I love that course.”
Embarrassing Racing Memory: “Not really a racing memory but I’ll never forget while dating Wendy explaining why cyclists shave their legs and trying to read her thought bubble.”
Toughest Competitors: “Vladimir Borokov and Larry Towner. Vlad never stops attacking and Larry is a smart racer and who always seems to be in the right place at the right time.”
Favorite Athletes to Watch: “As a spectator sport, I love to watch pro football. I’m a long-suffering Jets fan.”
Qualities You Most Admire in People: “Someone who’s able to compete at the highest level but also has an honesty and spirituality about them – Tony Dungy is one who comes to mind.”
￼What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “I love the feeling of an early morning ride in the summer at dawn.”