Shawn Erickson

Height: 6’3”

December Weight: 170 lbs.

Race Weight: 166 lbs.

Birthdate: August 25, 1965

Childhood Heroes: “Kip Keino, Dr J, Joe Morgan.”

Hobbies and Interests: “Cooking, eating, hiking, exploring New York.”

Favorite Movies: “A little high/low here: This is Spinal Tap, Red Desert.”

Musical Tastes: “Everything from Pixies to Telemann.”

Favorite TV Shows: “I have not watched for years.”

Favorite Meal: “Spaghetti carbonara – peasant style – spaghetti, bacon, egg yolk, black pepper, cheese.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Quaker Oat Squares with blueberries.”

Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “Cereal, OJ, coffee.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Starbucks Espresso.”

Childhood Dream: “To be a singer.”

First Car: “1968 Olds ’98. My brother and I somehow convinced my father to buy this 15-year-old POS for $350. It rode like a dream but got 3 miles to the gallon – true! – and cost over $1000 in repairs in the first 3 months. My father disowned it after the entire exhaust system fell off.”

First Job: “Umpire for girls T-ball.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “Paris.”

Pre-Race Feeling: “Weirdly calm. I usually get ‘the nerves’ 1-2 days before a race.”

Early Racing Memory: “Just started.”

Funny Racing Memory: “2009 Mt. Washington Hill Climb. As I warmed up, I rode side-by-side with Ned Overend for a moment and we chatted. I was feeling very ‘pro.’ Then I stopped to piss and got my cleats full of mud and gravel. After re-mounting, I realized that I absolutely could not clip out! My shoes were so gummed up with crud that they were stuck. Eventually, I rolled up to a shed and leaned against it, took my feet out of the shoes and got off my bike with my shoes still stuck in the pedals! Then I got down on my knees and after a few violent pulls, ripped the shoes out of the pedals. Not feeling so ‘pro’ anymore.”

Greatest Racing Moment: “Winning in Central Park. It was just like I visualized it – jumping the sprint early and flying up that finishing climb. I needed the win and I got it.”

Most Painful Moment In Life: “Too many in a disastrous, long marriage.”

Worst Injury from Racing: “Serious damage to my ego. Physically, knock on wood.”

Closest Racing Friends: “I am not a known entity in the race community yet.”

Favorite Race: “Bear Mountain, despite crashing in my first race there. The course is made for guys like me.”

Embarrassing Racing Memory: “See above.”

Toughest Competitors: “Haven’t raced enough but there are some beastly strong Cat 4/5s who will be out in the real racing world soon enough.”

Favorite Athletes to Watch: Fabian Cancellara, old videos of VDB – yeah, he doped – or his dog did – but it was great theatre.”

Qualities You Most Admire in People: “Honesty, sense of humor.”

What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “I haven’t figured that out yet. I once read ‘You don’t find your passions, they find you.’ It sounds corny but it’s true.”