Nick Bruno grew up playing ice and roller hockey. However, when he was 10, his family moved to a quiet street, near the woods. From then on, Nick can remember always being on the bike, graduating from BMX to mountain to the road bike. Nick recalls a tremendous feeling of freedom he had while riding – succinctly, he could explore and have fun.
Nick is a natural mountain biker, possessing amazing skill honed from years blasting through the woods. He won his first mountain bike race in jeans and sneakers! Although successful in mtb races, his real love was the road. His first year on the road was unexceptional, but in 2007 he had a breakout year, winning five races and upgrading from Cat-4 to Cat-2 in six months.
December Weight: 134 lbs.
Race Weight: 129 lbs.
Birthdate, Location: April 5th, 1988 – Englewood, NJ
Childhood Heroes: “Darth Vader.”
Hobbies and Interests: “My fish and fishtanks. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing. Working on my bikes. Family. God.”
Favorite Movies: “Apollo 13.”
Musical Tastes: “Everything.”
Favorite TV Shows: “Formula 1 Racing.”
Favorite Meal: “Mom’s home-made pancakes.”
Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Hemp Plus.”
Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “Oatmeal.”
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Strawberry.”
Childhood Dream: “Becoming famous.”
First Car: “1999 Pontiac Grand Am.”
First Job: “Bagger at Shop Rite. Then promoted to Cart Pusher!”
Favorite Vacation Spot: “Bermuda.”
Pre-Race Feeling: “Anxious.”
Early Racing Memory: “Lapping the field in blue jeans during my second mountain bike race at Hidden Valley in Vernon.”
Greatest Racing Moment: “Winning Housatonic Hills Road Race. My first road win!”
Worst Injury from Racing: “If I answer this question, it will give me bad karma.”
Closest Racing Friends: “Donald Trump.”
Funniest Racer: “David Zabriskie.”
Favorite Race: “Tour de France.”
Embarrassing Racing Memory: “I was at Park Ridge in 2006, racing as a Junior. On the second-to-last lap, I hit the hill and my stomach was feeling really upset. I started blacking out in my eyes, was short of breath, and then started throwing up all over the place.”
Toughest Competitors: “Too many to name.”
Favorite Athletes to Watch: “Roger Federer and Andy Roddick.”
Qualities You Most Admire in People: “People who respect themselves.”
What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “Climbing. What else to say? Climbing is climbing!”