pR Rider Spotlight: Paul Lowe

This week’s rider spotlight is on Paul Lowe!  

Name: Paul Lowe

Hometown: Flat Rock, MI

Current Home: Englewood, CO

Discipline: Mountain (Sport) & Cross (Cat 5)

When did you join pedal? 2014

How long have you been riding and racing? 

I learned how to ride a bike when I was 6. I soon joined my brothers riding the trails in the woods near our house called The Monkey Trails  and The Snake Trails.  I rode my Hardrock on legal trails for the first time in middle school on a portion of the High Country Pathway in northern Michigan.  I got a Rockhopper as a college graduation present in 2003 and moved out to Colorado for gradate school.  My first Colorado trail was Green Mountain and I have been riding singletrack ever since.  I did a race here and there for a couple years in Colorado and Michigan but have only been racing “seriously” for 4 years.

What is your absolute favorite road or trail to ride? There are many to choose from, so I will list them by state:

Buffalo Creek – Pine, CO

Mid Mountain Trail – Park City, UT

North Country Trail (Boyne Mtn. to Wilderness State Park) – near Traverse City, MI

Dupont State Forest – Brevard, NC

Nebo Ridge – Nashville, IN

New River Gorge – Cunard, WV

Rift Valley Trail – Taos, NM

What piece of bike equipment/gear can you not live without?  

Honey Stinger is the only food that I like.  Taste is most important to me, but settling well is the next most important.  A lot of on the bike food gives me cramps but this stuff goes down well and stays down.

Favorite thing to do when you’re NOT riding your bike? 

Coaching and mentoring high school students to be the best they can be either through coaching football, weight training or track & field or as a youth pastor.  Kids are more fun than adults, they haven’t been jaded yet.

Favorite motivational quote/saying? 

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

Best race experience or highlight? 

This past season I did some big races for me.  I never thought I would be able to do 50 miles on a mountain bike but I did it by completing the Hundito.  I also did a relay of the Firecracker 50 and Steamboat Stinger that pushed my limits.  But completing the Gunnison 1/2 Growler was pretty special, especially since I crashed the day before and was in quite a bit of pain.

What are your goals for 2017? Drop another 10 pounds and get on the podium in the Sport class.  I’ve been a Clydesdale for too long!  It’s time to start eating right!

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