Steve Bechtel

Steve Bechtel
Race Pace Westminster
Started working at Race Pace in 1994
Sales and Bicycle Mechanic
Trek Level 2 Fit Certification, various cert. from Trek, Shimano, Campy, Mavic

What got you into cycling? I spent a significant amount of time during my teenage years riding and working on my bmx bikes. I continued riding BMX through college and that is were I was exposed to road and off road cycling. I had several classmates that were road racers or mtb'ers and I would borrow their bikes to give it a try. I purchased my first mtb shortly thereafter. I began racing both on and off road after graduating college and spent most of the next 15 years competing at the regional level. I don't race anymore, but I still enjoy getting out on the mountain bike as much as ever.

What is your favorite bicycle part/product? My favorite cycling product would have to be my Trek Fuel EX. I think it is the most enjoyable bike I have ever owned, it is incredibly smooth and comfortable to ride and is the most confidence inspiring bike I have ever been on. Since I purchased it you could count all the rides I have done on all my other bikes on one hand.

What do you enjoy doing outside of cycling? In addition to cycling I am a competitive long range rifle shooter. When not spending time on the trails or rifle range you can find me at home with my wife Christine, our daughter Annie, and son John.

What do you love most about riding in the Baltimore area? The Baltimore area offers an incredible variety of riding options, an infinite number of road riding routes, several outstanding mountain bike areas and rail trails and bike paths as well. With a short drive from Baltimore you can choose to ride the flat rural roads of the eastern shore or the mountainous trails of the Catoctin mountains. Baltimore is centrally located in some of the best riding anywhere in the world.

Who is your favorite cyclist and why? My favorite cyclist is my wife. We met nearly 15 years ago while mountain bike racing and we still try to get out on our bikes together as often as possible.


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