Phil Simpson Cat 1


1)     Where is your hometown? Las Cruces

2)     Can you tell us a little bit about your training?  Do you have a coach? Do you ride on the trainer? / Special schedules?  Lots of hills? / Technical trails?  Yoga? I don’t have a coach, but I use Training Peaks, including one of their training plans. I don’t usually ride on a trainer, except if the weather is really horrible, which is rare in NM. I do most of my training on a mountain bike, but ride about twice a week on a road bike, both for the competitiveness of group rides and the more controllable efforts for structured training. I do yoga about once a week now, which is both relaxing and a good core workout.

3)     What was your favorite race? My favorite race is whenever I win! The 2018 Puzzler was good, since I was able to win my age group and be in the top ten overall (just barely) by maintaining a moderate pace, knowing it is a very long race. The 2014 Puzzler was better, since I was the first Cat 1 finisher. The Zia Rides team relay events are fun, because of the team aspect and we usually do well.
4)     What got you into mountain biking/cycling? . I started mountain biking to strengthen my legs for skiing (in 1986) and to explore the mountains above Alamogordo. Pretty soon I was quitting skiing at 2 pm so I could sneak a ride in.
5)    What is your day job? I’m retired now! But I’m volunteering, for example thinking globally, acting locally, by using my engineering background to force our electric company to consider energy efficiency and solar power before building unnecessary new fossil fuel power plants.

6)     Favorite Food? Popcorn, beer, and Shawna’s pecan pies.

7)     Do you have any other activities you enjoy besides cycling? Traveling, skiing/boarding, hiking, bikepacking (is that cycling? I’m not sure).