Skip Kuzel

Team Name: Nerac Earth, Cox Communications Cycling Team

DOB: 11/10/59

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Residence: Lebanon, CT

Height: 6’

Weight: 185

Race Class: road racing: Master 45+, category 3

Why did you start racing? My friend Brendan raced and enjoyed it, so I tried it.

Name your cycling mentors: Bob Roll

Favorite view from a ride: Painted Hills near Mitchell, Oregon

Who has influenced you the most in cycling? Jack Curran, a Norwich cycling icon, steady and always willing to lend a hand.

Where do you like to ride? Southeast CT, New England in general, Iowa, Oregon

What was the most frustrating win? Win? There are enough people winning on this club to have a category for it- AND being frustrated with it? I need some NERAC EPO.

Fondest memory racing? Norwich training race- won every prime, including back- to back to back, and the final sprint! Kelly was not a happy camper that day!

Describe your best 24 hour race memory: Never done one, though I am tempted.

Describe your worst 24 hour race memory: I can only imagine the pain.

When you’re not on your bike, what do you like to do? Read, watch my son Zack play trumpet or soccer, practice my own trumpet

Favorite Movie Star? Ashley Judd

Favorite song? “School Days”, Steely Dan

Favorite Carb? English Muffin with raspberry jam

What foods do you indulge in the most? Boxed cereal, chocolate milk

What’s the best perk about riding? I like the summer tan lines and the bouts of syncope when I stand quickly.

Name your ultimate upcoming biking moment: Making the break in a Masters 45+ race, beating Paul Curley in the sprint.

Describe your best cycling memory: Doing the Mad River Valley Century in under 5 hours, including two stops, then adding another 30 sweeping back for friends. (And doing a two gap ride the following day).

Your perfect day? 40F rain soaked, wind swept April criterium, diving into the corners, competing every moment- then warming up with some good hot chocolate!

Got any nicknames? I think Skip is a nickname.

Favorite junk food? Cap’n Cruch, Hostess Cupcakes

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