Friday, August 20, 2004

Plenty of mettle on the pedals: Richard Feldman


By JODY ZARKOS
Express Staff Writer

It is no small truth that Richard Feldman is always on the go. When it comes to perpetual motion, Feldman could stop a clock, hands down.

The two-time world champion masters cyclist just captured his third national championship and will try and add to his legacy at the UCI World Masters Championship in St. Johann, Austria next week.

Feldman is an alum of both The Community School (1987) and Mid-dlebury College (1991). He is the owner Durance Cycleworks in Ketchum for the past nine years.


Feldman and wife Kelly, the head coach of the girls? soccer team at The Community School, live in Ketchum with their two children, Katie and Alex.

We caught up with Richard via cell phone from Austria on Thursday.



JZ: What is it about cycling that ap-peals to you?

RF: I love cycling I always have. It?s just really pure. You go out as hard as you can and the fastest person wins.



JZ: Do you have any ambitions to become proficient at other sports?

RF: Sure. I would love to be a triath-lete. But the amount of dedication it takes to be a cyclist and then you double that? I can?t imagine doubling that up. I think my wife would proba-bly kill me.



JZ: How many hours do you train a week?

RF: That?s a secret (laughs). It de-pends on time of year. In the winter it is a lot of cross country skiing and a little time on the bike. The summer you shift to the bike. The fall obvi-ously you add running for cyclocross.



JZ: What was your most satisfying win ever?

RF: Probably my first national cham-pionship in cyclocross in 2002. My wife was there. My energy was there. It was an incredibly tough course and we had eight inches of rain that morning. It was a legendary course. People are still talking about it three years later.



JZ: As an elite athlete, how do you deal with aging?

RF: Try and rest more. Eat better. I pay attention to little the things. As you get older you are more conscious of aches and pains in your body. I think when you are younger you have the aches and pains, but you don?t think about them. When you are older you do.



JZ: What are your goals for 2005?

RF: We?ll see. I have to finish out 2004. There are the world time trial championships next Wednesday and the world road race next Sunday, and there is a whole cyclocross season. I am taking it one thing at a time.



JZ: What makes you the happiest?

RF: Watching my kids and my wife. And all those quiet early morning bike rides when there are no cars on the road. It?s just the hum of your wheels.



JZ: What are you most proud of in your life?

RF: My kids and Kelly. Absolutely.




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