Jeffrey Douglas on his Fezzari Fore CR2

Jeffrey Douglas rides a Fezzari CR2 Carbon Road Bike. He was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and was an avid cyclist during his teenage years and in his early 20′s. He spent his late ’30s and all of his ’40s studying taekwondo and received my black belt in 2002. Three years ago, after a sparring injury, I decided to take a break from karate and get back into long-distance road bicycling. The bicycle bug bit me again, and last year I rode across America on my Fezzari CR2.

1) What has been the highlight of your biking career so far?
My highlight so far was the 7-week, 3700-mile, cross-country ride I made last summer. Organized by America by Bicycle, 50 of us departed Astoria, OR for Rye Beach, NH. We saw it all, 106,000 feet of climbing, mountains, plains, bike paths and highways. Not to mention the cold and hot weather, hail and a tornado in the vicinity. We also saw bison, deer, grasshoppers, snakes and other animals that one comes across. It was an incredible trip that thoroughly stresses one’s bicycle, and my Fezzari CR2 came through like a champ.

2) How many miles did you ride last week?
Last week was a special week, where 11 of us rode 444 miles along the Natchez-Trace Parkway. We organized it ourselves with two of our wives performing the SAG duties. It was over 100 degrees almost every day. (SAG is short for “sagging” off the back, but refers to the support team on long bicycle rides).

3) What is your favorite race?
I like to watch the Tour de France, but I don’t race bikes myself.

4) When did you start biking?
I started cycling in 1970 when I was 13. 10-speed bikes were the new thing back then, and I just had to get one. I saved all my money from paper routes to get my first 10-speed. I cycled for about 11 years before giving it up. I got back into cycling 3 years ago with the purchase of a Fezzari CR2. Since then I have easily logged over 10,000 miles, with 6,000 of them last year alone.

5) What was your first bike?
My first 10-speed was a Gitane Interclub that had tubular tires. I kept that bike for almost 40 years, although I only rode it for 11.

6) What bike setup do you ride now?
I ride a Fezzari CR2 and am looking to replace that with a Fezzari Fore CR5 at the end of 2012.

7) Why do you bike?
I love the feeling of doing tough climbs, lots of speed and the great outdoors. I prefer to ride with people and do so whenever I can. I am a member of a local club, although I do other long distance rides with friends as well. It’s the best way to keep off the extra pounds and still be able to eat anything I like. Riding a bike will help to keep you feeling and looking younger.

8 ) What is your favorite ride or route?
I live in New England, so you have to love climbing to bike around here. Any ride that has lots of steep climbs (up to 30% grades around here) is my choice of ride. It’s a tough climb up, but you feel great about doing it when at the top. I also don’t mind going almost 50 MPH on the way down too.

9) What is your favorite time of day to ride?
I don’t mind the cold weather as much as I do the heat, so I prefer to ride in the mornings or late afternoons, to keep out of the hot sun.

10) What is your biggest goal with cycling?
Since I have already done one cross country crossing, I know what a fantastic trip that is, so I’d like to do others. I’d like to re-cross the USA again, but also ride New Zealand, Europe and possibly Australia.

11) What does an average training wee look like for you?
I usually get out 3 times a week, with a longer club ride on the weekend. I try to get in over 100 miles a week and usually do. It’s all dependent on weather and how much work I have around the house, of course. When I finally retire from working for IBM, I’ll be doing many more organized trips.

12) What do you do for training during the winter?
My wife bought me a bike trainer to plug my CR2 into. I have it placed in the home theater room, so I can be entertained at the same time. Riding indoors is far more boring than being outside.

13) What do you do for nutrition on long rides?
I don’t eat very much while cycling, however a few granola-type snacks are always good. Oatmeal for breakfast will help a lot. Gatorade is taken infrequently, as I’ve heard it can cause leg cramps, so I try to avoid it somewhat. I mostly drink water with some Crystal Light flavoring.

14) What races do you have planned for this year?
No races for me, however I’ll be riding the west coast of the USA next year (3 weeks) which is about 1400 miles with 60,000 feet of climb. (Yikes! Way to go Jeffrey).