Profiled: July, 2005.
Name: Jonathan Hayward.
Live: Sylmar, but I spend weekends near Aguora.
Job: Associate Dean for ITT Technical Institute.
How long have you been mountain biking? 1.5 years ago I started riding regularly.
First mountain bike? DBR V-Link 1.2 when full-suspension was something new.
Current mountain bike? Trek Fuel EX8.
How often do you ride? 3 or maybe 4 times per week if I am determined.
Your favorite riding spot? Cheeseboro Canyon and vicinity.
Do you race? Not yet.
What’s your best crash? In 1975, I was riding north through Del Mar on the Coast Highway before there was a bike lane through town. While going over the bridge that crosses the train tracks, heavy traffic pushed me too close to the curb. At 25-30 mph, I flew off the bike and landed on the sidewalk. I was shredded. I got stitches in my chin, a broken wrist, and many lacerations from head to toe. The tips of my shoes were scraped off and my toes were bleeding.
What was the last thing you bought for your bike? Carbon ergonomic bar ends.
What’s your favorite beverage? Beer that does not resemble urine.
What’s your favorite trail snack? Cliff bars.
What’s one thing that you’ve learned from mountain biking? Mountain biking reinforces life lessons. There is always someone better than you are. Some people don’t want you on their trail/path/route/venture no matter how polite and considerate you are. Experience improves your performance and limits your mistakes. You can have fun doing something that IS good for you.
If you had a $100 burning a hole in your pocket right now, what would you buy? Books or DVDs.