JOB: Quality engineer with Caterpillar Inc.
VOLUNTEER JOB: A survivor of synovial sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that affects soft tissue, he was the chairman of CARTI’s 2019 Tour de Rock. Considering that ride coincided with a 100-year-flood of the Arkansas River and routes had to be altered at the last minute, “it went amazingly well,” Myers said.
I STARTED RIDING: “When I was relocated to Arkansas for my job, I noticed all the wonderful trails and all there was to do. A friend loaned me a hybrid, and on the weekends I’d go out to get in shape and ride the River Trail. I was well over 300 pounds at the time. CARTI really stresses weight loss. They talk about how being overweight triggers heart disease and diabetes and even other cancers. So I kept riding because I wanted to lose weight. I did that for years. Then I got my first road bike, and as I started to get better, I wanted to venture off the River Trail. I wanted to do more and was ambitious about improving myself. I started joining local groups, like Mello Velo, Rev Rock, Faction and CARVE, and really experiencing the camaraderie in the cycling community. Then one day, I saw some racing and thought, ‘I’d love to do that one day.’ I’ve been racing with Pinnacle Velo for the last year. I won the state CAT 5 time-trial championship this year.”
“When I was relocated to Arkansas for my job, I noticed all the wonderful trails and all there was to do. A friend loaned me a hybrid...”
THE BIKES: An Allied ALFA painted Porsche Riviera blue and a Guru CR901. “I bought the Guru used from my friend Olivier Lavigueur, who moved here to work for Allied Cycle Works after Allied acquired the Montreal-based Guru. It has a custom paint job. I love that bike. It’s so fast.”
SUNGLASSES: Oakley EVZero. “The zero means there’s no frame, so there’s nothing blocking your sight. When I sweat it just runs right off. I’ve got a prism-tint shade, which helps in low light.
HELMET: KASK Protone. “I’ve tried many, many helmets. A helmet is worth every penny you’re going to spend on it because it’s going to save your life. KASK fits me best because it fits not just the circumference of your head, but also the dome of the head.”
GLOVES: MUMU Cycling Apparel. “My gloves and my kit are from MUMU, which was started in 2013 in Florida by a local cycling racer who was tired of paying too much for custom kits. I don’t like a lot of padding in my gloves. I like these because they’re not padded, but still have grip.”
BAG: Speedsleev Cycling Products. “It holds all my gear — spare tube, tire levers, etc. I’m very OCD. When you open the bag up, there’s a compartment for each thing. It’s also real easy to mount to the seat because it’s one piece of Velcro.”
ELECTRONIC SHIFTER: Shimano Dura-Ace. “I always thought that I was smart enough that I didn’t need electronic shifting. Until I got this. It’s like a mouse button. You push a button and it goes. All the days of taking it to the shop to get an adjustment are gone.”
WHEELS: Mercury. “They’re super inexpensive, and I’ve had really good luck with them. They hold up very well for larger riders. Some of the fancier, more expensive wheel brands won’t warranty them for larger riders.”