Alberto Solano

Height: 6’0″

December Weight: 195 lbs.

Race Weight: 180-185 lbs.

Birthdate, Location: San Jose, Costa Rica.

Childhood Heroes: “Juan de Dios Castillo, a local cyclist who won the Tour de Costa Rica when I was a kid. And my local soccer team.”

Hobbies and Interests: “Learning bicycle mechanics, mountain biking with my dog, hiking, recreational motorcycle riding, and large-scale remote control cars.”

Favorite Movies:Face Off and Kill Bill.”

Musical Tastes: “All music.”

Favorite TV Shows: “Keeping Up Appearances, Absolutely Fabulous, As Time Goes By, and Dirty Jobs.”

Favorite Meal: “Seafood with rice.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “I do not like cereal in general.”

Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “Buttered bagel with coffee.” (EE note: not anymore)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Dulce de Leche.”

Childhood Dream: “To get away from my family.”

First Car: “1989 Mercury Cougar.”

First Job: “Taxi Driver in Costa Rica. I was sixteen years old!”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “The Czech Republic.”

Pre-Race Feeling: “Can you please stop counting and let us go?”

Early Racing Memory: “I did my first Beginner Cross-Country race on a 40-pound bike.”

Funny Racing Memory: “I didn’t make it up the first hill and had to DNF.”

Greatest Racing Moment: “Yet to come…”

Most Painful Moment In Life: “Losing my father to cancer when I was thirteen years old.”

Worst Injury from Racing: “Not applicable.”

Closest Racing Friends: “Joe Baldacci, Team Campmor.”

Funniest Racer: “Tim ‘Haitzy’ Haitz.”

Favorite Race: “All of them.”

Embarrassing Racing Memory: “In one of my Beginner races, at the start when I took off, the tip of my seat pulled down my shorts. My behind was exposed for all to see. I was very embarrassed.”

Toughest Competitors: “Mike Montalbano.”

Favorite Athletes to Watch: “Alberto Contador, Kenneth Lundgren, Harlan Price, Tim Haitz.”

Qualities You Most Admire in People: “Not quitting.”

What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “When I’m head-to-head with a geared bike.” (Alberto is Expert Single-Speed racer…)