Name: Kyle Bachand(or Backhand)
Location: SD, CA, USA
Disciplines/ Current Categories: Track cat4, Road cat5
Goals for the upcoming season: More real racing and category upgrades. Take racing more seriously, but not too much. Lap the A’s at the track. Compete and hopefully podium at the State Champs scratch race and/or points race. Make people cuss at me for making the pace too high.
First Race Story: My first track race was a joke. I think I made it like 5 laps before I pulled off. I actually was so disheartened that I didn’t race again on the track until the next season. My first road race was Boulevard. Also kind of a joke. Too much climbing and stuff.
1st Bicycle: A sweet Redline BMX when I was like 9. It got stolen outside of Savon when I went to go see Michelangelo of TMNT fame promoting TMNT cookies or something. I still haven’t gotten over losing that bike.
Current bikes: Road: Tomassini Techno- an embarrassing array of components, Track: Campbell Cunefare C2K w/Brian Baylis fork- Sugino Grand Mightys, Mavic Ellipses, and the like
Favorite Bicycle story: A lot of track races come to mind. I guess my favorite race was last year in the B’s. I swept all 3 races that night including the “Tuesday Night Racing Scratch Race Championship” or whatever. I felt awesome and shit.
Bicycle superstitions: I can’t listen to music while I ride. I just can’t.
Dumbest thing you've done on a bike: Not really on a bike per se, but definitely when installing my first set of clipless pedals. I used an adjustable crescent wrench to remove the existing set and promptly broke my hand when it inevitably slipped and smack the frame. To even further the stupid, I went out and rode in the rain when I finished the job. I don’t take swelling seriously enough I guess.
Special Talents? A pretty decent memory. Knowing too much about music I don’t like. Sometime I can make a good peanut sauce. Eating enough daily.
Strengths: Flat speed. Monster pulls. High cadence mayhem. Getting dropped on climbs.
Weaknesses: Drinking like a duck and a riding position they call the sphinx.
Final words of wisdom? Riding up hills is fuckin’ bogus.