Aaron Ringle Profile
Aaron joined Team SixOneFour in 2014.
When did you get serious about cycling and why?
I've been riding bikes as for as long as I can remember. It's been the last five years that I've been getting more and more serious about it.
Why do you do this sport? What is it about cycling you like so much?
The primary reason I enjoy cycling is because I'm decent at it. I also enjoy the community that forms around people who ride bikes. Cycling brings together people who would otherwise never meet.
In what bike discipline(s) do you participate?
I do road races and crits. I'm hoping to get some more bikes this year and give mountain bike and cyclocross racing a try.
What is your favorite bike discipline and why?
I enjoy road racing the most. I'm a terrible climber and worse sprinter but I can roll forever once I warm up. I like being the guy who moves to the front and ramps things up from a casual Sunday ride to a bike race.
What is in your jersey pockets on a ride?
Cell phone, ID, $20, and some kind of food in case of emergency.
What is your favorite bike part or bike related item that you own?
Other than the bike itself I'd say my Garmin 810. I tend to get lost a lot and the navigation features have allowed me to explore new routes without getting hopelessly turned around. It's also nice to get performance metrics like heart rate and cadence.
What famous person would you like to accompany you on a long ride? What would you talk about?
The answer to this question changes a lot. Right now I would say John Roderick of Long Winters and Roderick on the Line (roderickontheline.com). I've been listening to his podcast on the rollers and would enjoy more details on the stories he tells.
How do you maintain your bike(s)?
I do basic maintenance myself. I'll take my bike to Bike Source at least once a year for an overhaul to ensure everything is still in good condition.
What are your favorite things to eat after a long ride or race?
What are some of your most memorable rides, races, or organized events and why?
My favorite ride of all time has to be the Six Gap Century, a 100 mile ride with 11,000 feet of climbing. It was my first time riding in real mountains and was the most challenging terrain I've ever ridden. There is nothing like a long climb followed by a long descent. I had the pleasure of training and riding with a great group of guys.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about getting more serious about cycling?
Whatever excuse you are using to not take the next step is just an excuse. Start riding with people who are more experienced. Columbus has a great cycling community that is extremely welcoming to beginners.
What are some of your short or long term cycling goals?
Do better in the 2015 racing season then I did in the 2014 season.
What do you do when you’re not cycling?
I spend time with my family, work my day job doing computery stuff, and think about riding my bike more.