Matthew grew up in upstate New York where he fell in love with riding his bike after watching the Tour de France on TV. He started by getting into the mountain bike discipline. At first, due to the shortage of serious mountain trails or “clean or bike friendly” roads, nothing serious developed. However, all this changed when Matthew moved to North Carolina when he was 15 years old.
North Carolina provided a vast training ground for him to explore.
Miles and miles of trails and a summer racing league was just the thing to get him completely hooked. He bought his first road bike when he was 17, and he has been a roadie ever since. Matthew enjoys all forms of riding. In particular, the ability to ride 100 miles in a single day gains a special recognition by him.
When he graduated from high school, Matthew started working in a bike shop on a part-time basis. This quickly changed. What started out as a part-time job eventually became a full-time position. Furthermore, Matthew took steps to make a career centered around biking. He passionately pursued racing, coaching juniors, and running a cycling team.
Matthew started racing competitively when he was only 21. As a current Cat. 3 racer, Matthew enjoys any time he can spend on his bike.