David has loved riding dirt bikes since he first took his rigid ten-speed Huffy into the woods.
He has been riding recreationally ever since. Some things came naturally, while he learned others the hard way, like why you stand up on jumps. David is passionate about all aspects of biking: he even commutes to work by bike each day, a round trip of 20 miles. He is a native Pittsburgher from Fox Chapel and currently lives in Swissvale.
David attended the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA. During college, David was a raft guide at Ohiopyle, and he tries to be outdoors as much as possible.
Tired of being “fit in summer, fat in winter”, David signed up for the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2014. He figured running would keep the winter weight in check. After finding a love for running, David made the leap to triathlons. For the first year of competing in triathlons, he backstroked his way through every race. After that, David finally decided to learn to swim properly. Clearly, he loves signing up for things and then rising to the challenge and developing skills.
David’s first experience with the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series came on a rocky, rooty, technical Western Pennsylvania course. To make matters worse, the previous night the course was swamped by 12 hours of torrential rain. Three hours later, David crossed the finish line. Not only was David covered in mud and grinning from ear to ear, he was hooked.
XTERRA Off-Road Triathlons are quickly becoming featured around the world.
A typical event usually consists of a 400-1600 m swim, a 13-20 mile mountain bike ride, and a 3-7 mile trail run. In addition, at least one water crossing in the bike or run segment is typical. Given the off-road and trail structure, the distances always vary. Therefore, the difficulty of the trails varies widely from race to race. Some venues are mostly fire roads, and others are technical single-track.
David is a regular Age Group winner and Top 10 finisher at XTERRA races. He is a two-time Regional Champion for the Atlantic Region (2015, 2016), a two-time XTERRA Nationals Qualifier (2015, 2016), and placed 7th in his age group at Nationals in 2015. He is currently ranked the #9 age group off-road triathlete in the US. As a result, David is planning to compete at the 2017 XTERRA World Championships in Maui this October.
David also races half-Ironmans on the road, dabbles in ultras, and races in enduro and cross-country mountain bike races.
David’s goals for 2017 are daunting. He plans to defend his Atlantic Regional Championship title, re-qualify for XTERRA Nationals and Worlds, and qualify for the 2018 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships held in Denmark. His bucket list goals include the Outrigger Resorts Double (an Ironman Kona Worlds finisher plus an XTERRA Maui Worlds finisher) and the Wilderman Triathlon. The Wilderman Triathlon is an Iron-distance off-road triathlon in North Dakota, not for the faint of heart.
Outside of athletics, David is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his wife, Ricia, who also races XTERRAs. They both enjoy hiking, whitewater kayaking, rafting, and caving.
David also has an awesome trail dog. Cinder trains, runs, and rides with him! She’s up to a full half marathon and can easily handle 15-mile bike rides.