Rides a: Vamoots CR, Psychlo X
Resides in: Brussels, Belgium
Riding and race history: Dan was a cross-country and track runner in college and started racing mountain bikes after he hurt his knee and couldn’t run for several months. His roommate was on the collegiate cycling team helped him get set up on his first bike and he fell in love with the trails and terrain of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. A few years later he started racing cross and on the road, and raced for UNH when he was in grad school there, and now he’s been at it for nearly 15 years.
Living in Belgium, where cyclocross is huge, ‘cross is his main focus. He still does a little racing on the road, but he says “’cross is more fun.”
Upcoming goals/race plans: Dan injured his back pretty badly at the end of the 2012 season, so his first priority recently has been to heal. He hopes to do some good riding in the spring and summer of 2013 and hit some of the big, popular sportive rides like the Ronde Van Vlaanderen. His main focus is on getting good results in cyclocross races next fall.
When not riding: Dan splits time between writing about and photographing European ‘cross racing for VeloNews.com — and being a solar physicist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium, where he leads a small team of researchers that operate a space-based telescope that observes the sun. Outside of work he likes to spent time with his wife and son. He also really enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, cooking, music, and chasing down and tasting obscure Belgian beers.
Why MOOTS: “There’s so much to like about MOOTS. I love the the silky smooth ride and durability of them, both of which are important in a country where mud, cobbles, and rain are all regular parts of riding both on-road and off. I also love knowing how much personal care and investment went into my bike. There are so many generic, identical bikes produced in mass quantities in giant factories, it’s nice to have a bike that was really made uniquely, just for me.”