Mark Thome

Mark Thome
Profiled: July, 2002.
Name: Mark Thome.
Age: 39 (old enough to know better).
Live: Costa Mesa, CA (the poor man’s Newport Beach).
Job: Cycle News (marketing & promotions, ads sales).
How long have you been mountain biking? Since 1986.
First mountain bike? A lime green Diamondback Apex.
Current mountain bike? GT i-drive Race and a GT Zaskar LE.
How often do you ride? A couple times a week, not including Spin classes.
Your favorite riding spot? Maui, Hawaii.
Do you race? Yes.
What’s your best race finish? Too embarrassed to say, I can’t count that high.
What’s your best crash? This year’s Amateur Cup #1. I went over the bars in deep baby powdered covered rocks. Ouch!
What was the last thing you bought for your bike? A set of $9.99 each Specialized S-Works tires. They suck!
What’s your favorite beverage? Beer! I’ve never met a beer I didn’t like.
What’s one thing that you’ve learned from mountain biking? How to enjoy suffering.
What’s your favorite trail snack? Powerbar Gel.
If you had a $100 burning a hole in your pocket right now, what would you buy? Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and some new XTR brakes.