By 2014 I was working part-time at a gym. While dealing with depression, . Right after my dad died, I made a conscious decision to do something to handle my emotions, and after seeing an ad for the 5 Boro Bike Tour in NYC, I signed up and bought a single-gear road bike. After that riding 40 mile ride, it opens the floodgates, and I have been riding ever since. Cycling is the reason I became a certified spin instructor; I joined the board of the local cycling advocacy organization, Bike JC, and even work part-time as a mechanic at a local bike shop in Jersey City.
10 years, five bike upgrades, thousands of miles, and hundreds of hills later, I will never take the valuable moments of peace that cycling has given me for granted. During the pandemic, I noticed new riders of all races and backgrounds on the road with me for the same reason. Cycling is the only time when fear of the uncertain future, tensions in politics, race, the economy, and personal differences are not on your mind, and the road in front and the rider next to you is the only thing that matters. It's a great feeling to know that I'm not alone and that something as simple as a piece of metal, two wheels, and the ground underneath connects us together. Bikes Will Save The World.