James Pearl

James Pearl

Height: 5’11”

December Weight: “153lbs.”

Race Weight: “149 lbs.”

Birthdate: “April 29th, 1986.”

Childhood Heroes: “The Ninja Turtles.”

Hobbies and Interests: “Motor vehicles and going fast. Sleeping on the beach. Breaking Things.”

Favorite Movies: “Shoot ’em up stuff. Bourne Movies, American Gangster, Training Day, The Notebook.”

Musical Tastes: “Reggae, Necro, Glassjaw, Jedi Mind Tricks, Cloudkicker, The Roots, Misery Signals, Meek Milly, Deftones.”

Favorite TV Shows: “Modern Family, 24, Real House Wives of Orange County, So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, Sportscenter.”

Favorite Meal: “A big burrito or Chinese food. Mmmmm.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Double Scoop Rasin Bran! No milk. Milk on the side.”

Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “2 Eggs, 2 pieces of toast, and Sriracha. Cannot have enough Sriracha.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Vanilla Froyo with all the chocolate toppings they have.”

Childhood Dream: “Be a meteorologist or be a bike messenger in Boston.”

First Car: “1981 El Camino, did great burnouts. My dad loved that.”

First Job: “I worked at a farm when I was 16. I was really good at throwing rotten tomatoes.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “Where ever the cruise ship is going, or Cape Cod, MA.”

Pre-Race Feeling: “Let’s make as many jokes as possible to calm the nerves, which usually pisses everyone off.”

Early Racing Memory: “Wondering how the faster categories did TWO laps of a race course. I could barely do one without dying.”

Funny Racing Memory: “Seeing some guy in a cross race barrel through a section of caution tape at the start and keep on rolling. Looked like he had streamers all over his bike.”

Greatest Racing Moment: “Finishing the W101 under my goal with a mechanical. Major drive and perserverence that day.”

Most Painful Moment In Life: “Oh man, this is tough. I have to think about that. Maybe losing my dog when I never knew living without her, that was a long time ago, but tough.”

Worst Injury from Racing: “I’ve been able to pedal out of every wreck I’ve had during a race so far.”

Closest Racing Friends: “My MTBNJ crew for sure.”

Funniest Racer: “Utah Joe; I think he is the only one who talks as much as I do when I’m racing.”

Favorite Race: “A toss up between the Stoopid 50 and SsaP.”

Embarrassing Racing Memory: “Crashing in cross races always tops the chart.”

Toughest Competitors: “Jeremy Short on the MTB. Barely puts time in and still kicks butt. Trying to beat Utah Joe in cross was fun last year. Battling with Matt Bruno and Stephen Spiller this year for cross was always a challenge.”

Favorite Athletes to Watch: “Marshawn Lynch.”

Qualities You Most Admire in People: “Kindness regardless of who. Treating everyone the same.”

What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “Being outside, traveling to places I have never seen or always driven by without enjoying. The views from mountain biking. Being unplugged from everything.”

Photo Credit: gtluke