David Carr did his first century thirty-five years ago while a teenager in Atlanta, Georgia, and cycling has been his passion ever since. For a brief time in the late 80s, he started to train for bike races, but a basketball injury prevented him from following through. So it was not until twenty years later, in 2007, that he finally joined a team (Organic Athlete) and started racing in Central Park and various other local and regional races.
In 2008 he joined the CRCA Setanta team and his leadouts helped the team win the CRCA B Team Cup. By the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, David started getting some top-10 finishes himself, with a 4th place overall in the 2008 Cat-4 Green Mountain Stage Race and a stage-race win and several podium finishes in 2009.
David is an all-round racer with particular strengths in TTs and stage races. He is married to Colleen Conway, a Cat-3 racer, and the father/step-father of four kids, ages 13-22.
December Weight: 183 lbs.
Race Weight: 168 lbs.
Birthdate: April 11, 1961
Hobbies and Interests: “Playing jazz, blues, and funk on the piano, gospel choir singing, hanging out with my four kids.”
Favorite Movies: “Life of Brian, Mystery Men.”
Musical Tastes: “Midnight Oil, Cake, Alabama 3, One eskimO.”
Favorite TV Shows: “30 Rock.”
Favorite Meal: “Homemade pizza at home.”
Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “Sweet potato biscuit and milk.”
￼￼Childhood Dream: “To be a spy who has lots of pretty girlfriends… It was enough to make me study Russian for four years. Never went anywhere though.”
First Job: “I started a bike-repair business and fixed up people’s clunkers in the basement.”
Favorite Vacation Spot: “Veneto, Italy.”
Pre-Race Feeling: “Ready to stop waiting.”
Early Racing Memory: “Doing the uphill prologue at my first Green Mountain Stage Race, staying with the front group to the ski lift KOM, and then realizing that the toughest part was still ahead and I had no legs left. Watched lots of guys go by while I tried to just keep the pedals going. Lesson in pacing.”
Greatest Racing Moment: “Winning the road race and stage at Cielo. It was not, of course, the biggest stage race in the world to win, but it was so amazing to be hurtling toward the finish line and cross it with no one in front of me.”
Most Painful Moment In Life: “Too difficult to post on the internet.”
Worst Injury from Racing: “I’ve been lucky in this department. The most I got banged up was in the spring of 2009 at the Ephrata crit when a guy moved left into my front wheel in the final sprint. The wheel shredded, and I went down and was bruised for months afterward, but no bones broken, then or ever.”
Closest Racing Friends: “My Setanta teammates – could not ask for a better bunch of guys.”
Favorite Race: “Millersburg Stage Race, Green Mountain Stage Race.”
Toughest Competitors: “I really admired the way that Max Lippolis (Target Training) rode this year.”
Qualities You Most Admire in People: “Grace.”
What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “The combination of enjoying natural beauty and getting stronger and stronger.”