Mike is a two-time US Master National Track Champion and 16-time Hawaii State Champion.
Despite being born with asthma and suffering from meningitis, a mixture of gymnastics, swimming, and cycling helped to improve his health, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Racing since March 1995, Mike’s dedication and commitment to the sport of cycling have definitely paid off in many ways.
In the early years Mike’s focus was on racing mountain bikes where he competed as part of the Scottish Team at National Points Series events across the UK. As a mountain biker, he realized the benefits of training on a road bike, which eventually resulted in the transition from competing on 26″ wheels to 700c on the road, after taking 2000 off from racing. Mike used road riding to trim down from close to 170lbs to 138lbs, which with lots of miles, eventually resulted in him winning almost every race he entered in Hawaii.
In 2006, despite being involved in a hit and run while training, suffering a broken arm, he went on to win the Hawaii state road race championship (adding to his Criterium and Time trial titles), winning Cycle to the Sun, and also winning the Hawaii State Best-All-Rounder jersey.
Mike decided to take on a new challenge in 2009; Chase a US Master National championship title on the track. Not exactly the easiest feat when there’s no velodrome to train on in Hawaii. He competed at Master Nationals at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs taking home a Bronze in both the 30-34 Pursuit and Kilo.
In 2010, Mike decided to take another stab at Nationals, this time at the Superdrome in Frisco, Texas. After missing out on winning the pursuit by 3/100th of a second, taking the Silver medal, he went on to win Gold in the 30-34 Points race, following that up with a win in the Team Pursuit with Jason Meidhof, Andrew Kruse, and Daniel Casper.
Burnout from racing is something that Mike has encountered in the past, so he took the proactive approach and had a mellow 2011 season, with a reduced training load, only competing in a few events, but still grabbing a few wins. A mellow race schedule also allowed Mike to make some advancements in his career; He passed exams for the STS (Safety Trained Supervisor) credential, and passed the LEED Green Associate exam. More importantly, he passed his 7th ARE exam becoming a Licensed Professional Architect in the State of Hawaii! All this while working on a Masters in Construction Project Management and working full time.
2012 is a new year with new goals and Mike plans to BMX races in Hawaii, and depending on how well that goes, some mainland races too. He will continue to complete on the road in Hawaii.