Red Hook Criterium with Aaron Bradford

Aaron Bradford will be headed to the 2012 Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn this Saturday with a Timbuk2 Race Duffel. We’re excited to be part of the race and happy to get to know this rider. See you at the finish line!

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What is your full name? Aaron Lowell Bradford

How long have you been competing or partaking in your sport? – Going on 13 or so years. Time flies!

Where do you call home? – Can I have two homes? I was born and raised in Auburn Washington, about 20 miles south of Seattle. My parents still live in the Pacific Northwest where the door is always open and I have a bed to sleep in. When I’m not on the road traveling for races, I call sunny Santa Cruz California home.

Favorite event or place to practice your sport? - It would be difficult to label one place or event as my favorite place to ride my bike. I really enjoy the variety in riding many different venues throughout the year. From the mountains of Santa Cruz to Downieville, Ashland Oregon on up to the Pacific Northwest and Whistler BC. Variety is key!

What is your focus within your sport (what sub-discipline of your sport do you do most)? Why do you like that aspect the most? – For the last few years I’ve been focusing on both cyclo-cross and endurance downhill/enduro racing. Both are extremely fast paced and high energy with races lasting no longer than one hour. I enjoy enduro racing due to the format of the races. You show up at a great venue, ride up the hill at a good pace with your friends and then race down. Only the downhill leg is timed but you have to get to the top of the mountain under your own power. When you’re not racing, you’re having a great time joking with your buddies and enjoying the rad trails. In comparison, The Red Hook Crit will be my first fixed gear critierium. I’m thinking the Red Hook Crit might be a more serious affair compared to what I’m used to but it will be fun in it’s own way. Every year I try to do a unique race, something I’ve never done before. A couple months ago an old college friend and promoter of the RHC, Hannah Trimble, invited me to Brooklyn for the the race. Fixed gear bikes are fun way to get around town not to mention a great training tool. It all goes back to variety is key.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while doing your sport? – Nothing strange comes to mind but I’ve had many humbling experiences. One experience involves a standoff with 3 cougars on the trail while out on night ride in the Santa Cruz mountains. Read about it here.

Do you have a local claim to fame (fittest, fastest, funniest, smelliest, etc.)? – I make a strong cup of Joe and a mean breakfast with potatoes, eggs, onions, sausage. Fuel for the days adventures

Do you promote an annual event or are you involved in a charitable cause? – This year I was invited to the NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) event. It was amazing seeing how many people are passionate about the success of the high school cycling league. Growing up and riding with the youth riding program Rad Racing Northwest lead to some of my fondest memories to date. Aside from creating life-long friendships, we got to travel to new places and develop lifelong skills. It would be great to see the high school league spread coast to coast giving kids another option to stay out of trouble and have tons of fun in the process. In the years to come, I hope to become more involved in the NICA scene and give back as so many have done for me.

Notable recent results? – 2009 Super-D National Champion, 2011 Downieville Classic Downhill Champion, 2011 2nd Downieville Classic All-Mountain World Championships, 2012 Single Speed Cyclocross National Championships

Anything else you would like to add about yourself or your sport? – Thanks to everyone who makes it possible for me to keep living my dream!

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