Ryan Pettit


Height: 5’9″

December Weight: 172 – 175lbs.

Race Weight: 165-168lbs.

Birthdate: June 9th, 1982

Childhood Heroes: “GI Joe, Lawrence Taylor.”

Hobbies and Interests: “Tech, all things geeky –Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter…”

Favorite Movies: “Star Wars, Top Gun, Super Troopers… and plenty more.”

Musical Tastes: “I listen to everything from Gov’t Mule to Jay-Z, and everything in between. Daft Punk, Metallica, Nas, Garth Brooks, Elton John. You name it, I’ll probably listen to it – depends on what mood I’m in.”

Favorite TV Shows: “The Deadliest Catch, Survivor, Top Shot, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show :)”

Favorite Meal: “Sushi.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Kashi Crunch.”

Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “Eggo Whole Wheat Waffles.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “I don’t eat ice cream.”

Childhood Dream: “To be a Navy Seal, like my grandfather. I was on track and ready to sign, then I busted my knee. That was that.”

First Car: “1989 Fod Ranger pick-up. Loved that thing.”

First Job: “Packaging shipments at my father’s sporting goods store.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “Southern California.”

Pre-Race Feeling: “I just try to relax, have some fun with the guys. Try to save as much energy as possible.”

Early Racing Memory: “Winning 9 out of my first 10 races, and seeing/hearing how excited all my Pro Pedals friends were for me. That was pretty special, very cool memories.”

Funny Racing Memory: “Any of the park races in New York. You haven’t lived until you do them! They’re always memorable.”

Greatest Racing Moment: “Just participating in the 2010 BLP 2209 Memorial Grand Prix. It’s a race dedicated to my daughter, and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever done on a bike.”

Most Painful Moment In Life: “Losing my 6-year-old Princess, Brionna. There’s not a second of any day that I don’t struggle with that.”

Worst Injury from Racing: “Cracked my back two years ago – that hurt a little!”

Closest Racing Friends: “My Heart House and Pro Pedals family. We’re much more than just ‘racing friends.’ I feel very close to all those guys.”

Funniest Racer: “Joe Schiavo, if you can even call him a racer.”

Favorite Race: “Hills of Somerset Road Race, feels like a Tour stage. And the State Road Race and the State Criterium Championships. Racing for the honor of the State Seal on your jersey is something I take pretty serious.”

Embarrassing Racing Memory: “My first race ever, I sprinted on the hoods. It was only my third time doing any kind of group ride, and I had never sprinted before… I look back at that now, just embarrassed.”

Toughest Competitors: “At this level, all the guys are tough, you don’t get here by accident. But some of the guys I really look for are Rosenhaus, Ward, Light, Walters. These guys just always seem to „be there.‟ And it’s impressive to see.”

Favorite Athletes to Watch:“I actually love to watch Golf. It’s a lot harder than most people think, especially mentally.”

Qualities You Most Admire in People: “Brutal honesty, integrity.”

What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “I enjoy the entire lifestyle of bike racing. I’m not much of a fan of just riding my bike – I need a purpose, like a race or an interval to shoot for… but I am learning to enjoy the rest day cruises in the sunshine!”