Alex Obriecht

Alex Obriecht
Started the business in 1978
Find me in any location on any particular day
Almost surely certified

What got you into cycling? My everyday car during college in the 70's was a 1959 Alfa Romeo- a bicycle became the oft used back up.

What is your favorite bicycle part/product? On my recent 4 week bicycle tour in Patagonia I really enjoyed my new Bontrager top of the line cycling shorts. When you are in the saddle for hours every day, for many days, great shorts become quite important.

What do you enjoy doing outside of cycling? I have always gardened, large perennial beds, vegetables, berry bushes and so on. Two years ago (with much help) I was able to design and construct a greenhouse in the back yard. This year we have been cutting greens since february!! I really enjoy walking into the greenhouse on a cold winter day and smelling the earth.

What do you love most about riding in the Baltimore area? In midday near my house, in northern Carroll county, I can ride for an hour or two on beautiful roads virtually car free. As more people become aware of the great bicycling in this area, on and off road, it will become a reason why people visit and live here.

What is your favorite cycling race?
I have traveled to France to watch the Tour De France on a couple occassions- there is nothing like being at the Tour De France. It is like Mardi Gras, the fourth of July parade and the Super Bowl combined-quite a spectacle.

What is your favorite post ride meal?
A couple of years ago some of us from Race Pace would gather at Loch Raven for friday morning rides. Afterwards we invariably ended the ride with a burrito from Frisco Burrito. The Towson location has since closed, but the Columbia location continues to serve up splendid burritos. Make mine- black beans, rice, tofu, peppers and onions, spinach,guac on the side and grill it please.

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