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Paul Levis currently lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY with his wife Bekki. He works as a financial planner at Summit Financial Consultants in Yonkers, NY. He first started participating in endurance sports in high school when he joined the track team. He ran the 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter and Cross Country. He then went on to run track at Villanova University and was coached by Marcus O’Sullivan, three time World Indoor Championships gold medalist and member of Ireland’s Olympic team. An unfortunate knee injury resulted in a premature end to his running career. Unable to run he turned to cycling to keep in shape. After one summer of riding he realized he missed the competition he enjoyed when running track. He fell in love with the speeds and tactics that racing entails. He currently holds a USCF Category 2 license and a level 3 coaching license. His strengths on the bike include climbing and time trials.
Jason Parkin is the President & CCO of Compose(d), a digital creative agency based in NYC that specializes in digital marketing for lifestyle and luxury brands. A Cat 3 on the road and cyclocross, Jason’s most-recent results include a top 10 in one of his favorite races, the Tour of High Bridge, but in the past few years has enjoyed playing a supporting role in local races.
In the off-season, Jason plays in two NYC ice hockey leagues and as of 2010, has started short-track speed skating. He lives in the antithesis of hip neighborhoods, the Upper East Side, with his wife Nicky, and still misses his dog Jasper.
Brendan is a full time student finishing up a “Sales/Marketing “degree. When he’s not at school he is on the bike training or working at one of your local Starbucks. The 2011 season was his first season as a Cat 3. There were not podiums this season but he had a multiple top 10’s his home town Rock Leigh Crit. He is really looking forward to the 2012 season to put up some big results.
Thomas Pennell manages Pennell Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. Thomas started racing bikes in 2000. Results in the last year include podium finishes in the Spring Bear Mountain 40+ race as well as in the Bermuda Grand Prix 40+ road race, criterium and GC. Prior results he is likely to recall in times of poor form include a 4th in the Cat 3 Green Mountain Stage Race GC; 2nd place finishes at the Cat 3 Bear Mountain, 40+ Coupe des Ameriques road race, and masters Pete Senia race (the latter taking place the day after the far more significant birth of son Reed—yes, thank you Stephanie); as well as a solo road race win and GC win at the Bermuda Grand Prix. Thomas leaves to his teammates the squabbling over who has the best looks, quickest wit and greatest ability to exaggerate accomplishments.
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A former collegiate swimmer, Dan began road racing in 2004 eventually earning his Cat1 during the 2007 season with Alliance Environmental. Dan finished out 2007 racing a full calendar of cyclocross in the UCI elite P/1/2 fields. As a reward for all his hard work, he suffered a torn achilles tendon after the first few races of the 2008 season which put him out of commission for 8 months. After much rehab and frustration coupled with a fantastic doping program, Dan returned to racing in 2009, racing as many P/1/2 races as he could find including the Tour of Belize resulting in several top 10 finishes which include top 3 at Turkey Hill, a few Master’s wins, and the Delaware state crit champion (not too hard considering there were only 2 other Cat1/2’s in the state). After 2010 Dan decided to take some time off to court his wife and compete in the local charity-run circuit. After winning the Breast Cancer 5K and tallying up several podiums including the Delaware Special Olympics Reindeer Run, Dan decided to sign up for the NYC marathon in 2012. After hours of training and a couple of sub 1:18:00 half marathons, NYC was cancelled. The disappointment of the cancellation coupled with the realization that he would have to apply for a loan every time he wanted to enter a triathlon, influenced Dan to get back into racing bikes. After begging for a team spot at the base of the GW bridge, Dan was finally offered a spot on the Blue Ribbon – Translations team. “They are a great group of fun guys who I really look forward to racing with…….once I get my frame back from warranty.” Dan’s specialty is riding in breaks preferably during road races as he is not a big fan of crits, since he sprints about as fast as a legless Usain Bolt. When Dan is not on his bike, he is usually training for the Boston marathon, trail running with his dog (Baxter) and his wife (Maggie), or selling parts to the local bike shops through his job at Action Bicycle.
Raised in a rural town called Mobile, Alabama, Mike is a bike racer who enjoys all aspects of life. He rides his bike to smell the roses, feel the adrenaline pumping through his veins and challenge himself to the next limit – only to shatter that one too. Bowen…oh wait, that’s Michael Bowen.
Michael ZAK, however, is a NJ-native. Michael is strong – that’s not a widely-accepted opinion. It’s a fact. Mike’s watts are enough during any given race to power a small village for a week. During Mike’s free time, which is extremely rare, he rides with underprivileged aspiring bike racers to give them a taste of the glory. True story. Another feat Michael often achieves is making others feel inferior. In a race recently, after riding away from the field to win solo off the front, Edwin Bull complemented Mike as being “the most phenomenal bike racer I’ve ever had the privilege to share the road with. The very fact that I was in the same bike race as him has elevated my racing to a level that, before tonight, I imagined unattainable. I will forever be grateful to him for allowing me to congratulate him on his INCREDIBLY strong racing and amazing skills, and I will probably never wash this kit.”
I paraphrased of course, it’s difficult to remember the exact exchange of words, but they were along those lines – you can be sure of it. But if you were to ask Michael about any of this, he would deny it. He would deny all of it – the strength, the charity, the acts of kindness, the admiration from the influential names in our great sport – and he would chalk it all up to hard work. Hard work, aye, and devilish good looks. So don’t ask him. Just walk right up to him, shake his hand, look him dead in the eyes, and say the two words that infants the world over were raised knowing, in the hopes of one day being able to meet Michael: Thank You.