Name: Todd Woodlan
Age: Almost to the point where people have to call me ‘Master,’ but not quite.
Location: San Diego
Disciplines/ Current Categories: Track: 3, Road: 4
Goals for the upcoming season: Upgrade to 2 on the track, get one of those shiny medals at states
First Race Story: Lined up at the back of the Rutger’s crit, not expecting the 0-25mph surge at the beginning. Needless to say, I managed to get dropped before the first corner and chase until they pulled me since, you know, I didn’t want to just quit my first race. I’ve repeated a similar tactic for almost all the road races I’ve done since.
1st Bicycle: Some sort of Diamondback somethingerother when I was a kid, but a Gary Fisher Tarpon when I got back into biking a few years back.
Current bikes: Road: BMC SLX01, Track: Tiemeyer, Commuter: Specialized Langster
Favorite Bicycle story: This one time my better half and I went to Costa Rica and toured for a month with a couple mountain bikes we had put together from mostly spare parts. The first day there we figured we’d be able to get in about 80 miles and hit the next town. Thirty minutes into the ride on bumpy, hilly, busy streets with 50 pounds of stuff on our bikes, we decided it may be better to shoot for about 20-30 miles. We got to the first town after dark and had to wander around a while before we found someone that spoke any English (since we didn’t speak much Spanish) and found a place to stay. Other highlights included trying to follow a motorcycle leading us through windy streets to a hostel on the other side of San Jose, getting nearly lost in the middle of some forest somewhere, and racing a shuttle bus that didn’t have room for our bikes to the next town over to catch another bus to get us back to San Jose to catch our flight home.
Bicycle superstitions: If I told you, they’d lose their magic powers.
Dumbest thing you've done on a bike: Thought it would be a good idea to tour from San Fransisco to San Diego on a single speed. Trust me, don’t do it.
Special Talents? Providing a vortex-like draft.
Strengths: Long races on the track.
Weaknesses: Headbutting during race situations.
Final words of wisdom? Embrocation before the chamois cream. They tell you to do it the other way around, but it’s only because they don’t want you to know how good an idea it really is.