Steve Zellmer is killing it this year! Here are a few things that make him tick... Glad you're riding for us, Steve!
First time you knew you had bike fever?
Back in Madison in about 1982 a college buddy of mine who was a racer talked me into doing a crit around the Capitol- I had no idea what a crit was. I wore two tee shirts, soccer cleats strapped as hard to the pedals as I could get them and a hockey helmet. It was awesome, I finished second and was hopelessly hooked.
Most memorable ride:
My most memorable ride was the Bob Cook Memorial Hill Climb in Colorado. Its a 28 mile, 7,000 foot climb that ends at 14,250 feet on Mount Evans on the highest paved road in North America. The scenery was awesome but it was one of the most gruesome rides I've ever done.
Boulder/Lyons/ Estes Park/ Ward/ Left Hand Canyon, hands down.
That's a tough call, my 3Rensho and I have been through a lot together. I had this Raleigh Super Course in college, bar-end shifters, it was sick.
Who and/or what inspires you?:
I draw inspiration from a lot of sources but I wouldn't be on the bike right now if it wasn't for my son, Willy. I'm in awe of his perseverance and committment; his passion for all things cycling just blows me away.
What is something that people don't know about you?
I once had my picture in Rolling Stone magazine.