Name: Todd Morton
Age: 42 but I don’t FEEL 42. Usually.
Location: Cardiff by the Sea, California
Disciplines/ Current Categories: road races-4 (frickin’ USAC), Cyclocross-B
Goals for the upcoming season: As many cx races as I can, gain speed for road racing, mostly just have fun though and if a win happens to come my way, I will take it. Came DAMN close at SpookyCross. Missed it by____________<---that much. See weaknesses.
First Race Story: A 5k running race in Florida when I was like 10 sponsored by a produce company and the t-shirt said “Happiness is a ripe tomato” on the front. First bike race was Manhattan Beach Grand Prix about 12 years ago. I placed in the top 10 and didn’t crash so that was good.
1st Bicycle: Oooooo, Huffy Santa Fe. First actual race bike was a Schwinn Tempo with 105 and Biopace chainrings, you know like the ones all the pros use now.
Current bikes: SyCip Diesel, Focus Mares, Focus Izalco, Bianchi Milano
Favorite Bicycle story: I was at the Tour de France last year and saw “The Devil” ummmmm bathing but-ass naked in a stream. He waved.
Bicycle superstitions: Italian road/cx components. Not really a superstition per-se but a deep-rooted love for them.
Dumbest thing you've done on a bike: Mountain biking in Santa Cruz-so I go down this fun semi-technical descent then stop to wait for my friend who is taking unusually long. I ride back up 100 meters to see what happened; he dropped his shades to which I told him “if they weren’t Oakleys, forget about ‘em, let’s go”. As such I get to ride that fun part again but I take a different line this time and nose-wheelie into a tree dislocating and separating my shoulder. The 30 minute hike down and subsequent hour car ride on a bumpy-ass piece-of-shit road were magical. Oh, I forgot to mention, my friend, he’s a nurse but only works with people who are dying so couldn’t help me at all. Thankfully this was on the last trail, last day of 3 day trip so could’ve been worse.
Special talents? None worth mentioning. Hey, they call me “Vanilla” for a reason. And “Big Ring”.
Strengths: enjoying competition and seeking out cool races
Weaknesses: not doing enough work to be really fast
Final words of wisdom? Ugh, uhhhhh OK, do what you love to (as much as you can) we only get one go-around from what “they” say.
Stay classy San Diegans