RM 3  A Charity Ride in Memory of Robb McNaughton

for the benefit of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Bikes, bourbon and pushing your limits..

December 14, 2018

 

Rider of the Week!

 

Matt Capps

 

 

RM3: Tell us a little about yourself and what makes you, you?

 

 

I am just a normal dude obsessed with bikes, animals and bourbon.  Not necessarily in that order.  When i am not trying to keep up with my wife on a ride, you can normally find me somewhere drinking bourbon and petting puppies.

 

 

RM3: When did you start cycling and when did you realize you really enjoyed it?

 

Around the age of 26 I started riding around the city on a Fixie while wearing skinny jeans and smoking cigarettes.  It was a fun period of my life but not necessarily the most productive and I certainly didn't take it very seriously.  At the age of 28 I had a roommate that was a pretty serious cyclist and he started inviting me out to group rides.  Shortly after that, the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill opened so I went and got certified to train and race on the 250 track.  I immediately fell in love with the speed and tactics required for racing.  I put down the cigarettes and cut back on the booze a little, as they say... the rest is history.

 

 

RM3: What drives / motivates you to succeed in cycling and in life?

 

My wife. She is my biggest supporter and a pretty big reason I train as hard as I do.

 

 

RM3: What do you enjoy about the cycling community?

 

The cycling community has a tendency to rally around each other in times of need, despite whether or not they get along personally.  I have seen that time and time again over the past few years.

 

 

RM3: Do you participate in many charity rides like RM3, and if so which one stands out the most to you?

 

I don't participate in a ton of charity rides these days but I certainly use to in the past. The MS Breakaway to the Beach was a pretty special experience as a newbie. Prior to that ride I don't think I have ever ridden more then 65 miles in a single day.  Another ride that was pretty spectacular was the Raptor Ride out of Brand Hills Vineyard in the Yadkin Valley.  It is not around anymore, but I highly recommend making it out to ride in the Yadkin Valley area if you ever get the chance.

 

RM3: If you could cycle anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

 

Everywhere!!

 

 

RM3: Where do you enjoy cycling in the Charlotte area?

 

Orr Road!! (shameless plug: www.orrroad.com) Our weekly training ride on Tuesdays is my favorite place to ride!

 

 

RM3: What do you find exciting about cycling?

 

The people you meet along the way and the discovery of how far you can push your limits.

 

 

RM3: When you are not cycling what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

 

Annoying my wife, drinking bourbon and petting animals.  

 

 

RM3:  We all of some kind of bucket list items to accomplish, What are your top 3 in regards to cycling?

 

Its impossible for me to limit it to three experiences. This is one better discussed over a dram of whiskey! 

 

 

RM3: Thank you Matt for your support and for participating in the RM3 ride. We look forward to seeing you out there!

 

 

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