Profiled: February, 2004.
Name: Martin “El Presidente” Gomez.
Age: 37 (and getting slower and fatter every year).
Live: La Verne (that’s just in the 9-0-9).
Job: Sales Monkey for Rocky Mountain Bicycles (I’m not a Canadian, I just play one on TV) and President of the Pasadena Mountain Bike Club.
How long have you been mountain biking? 17+ years (Damn, has it been that long?).
First mountain bike? Thrashed on Dad’s ’86 Specialized Rockhopper then bought an ’88 GT Avalanche with the gnarly 80’s splatter paintjob (my friend still has it).
Current mountain bike? Rocky Mountain Slayer w/XTR, Fox fork and Hugi disc wheels and Hayes Ti brakes, Rocky Mountain Turbo Team Scandium road bike w/Dura Ace. I usually have about ten Rocky demo bikes hanging around too.
How often do you ride? Every day in my mind but in reality once or twice a week.
Your favorite riding spot? A-line, Whistler, BC or Mt. Hillyer.
Do you race? In a former life.
What’s your best race finish? Top half of the pack (that’s still like 75th place or something) in the Mammoth XC in ’94 I think.
What’s your best crash? Knocking myself out in the first mile of an XC race at Southridge or maybe falling on my face while trail running with the Peck on Sunset Ridge.
What was the last thing you bought for your bike? Nokian NBX 2.3″ tires and some cool Pedro’s dice grips.
What’s your favorite beverage? Coca-Cola is my Dark Master.
What’s one thing that you’ve learned from mountain biking? That no matter how many times you climb the Mt. Wilson Toll Road, that sucker still hurts-it feels like the first time every time.
What’s your favorite trail snack? Tacos Al Pastor but that’s only on a Taco Ride.
If you had a $100 burning a hole in your pocket right now, what would you buy? A new seatpost that doesn’t slip, probably Thomson Elite or Race Face Deus.