I started riding mountain bikes in 1994. By November of 1995 I had a Prototype full suspension mountain bike from Amp Research. Everything in life was about bombing downhills picking good lines and missing the ruts. And then it all went south. In early 1996 my daredevil nature exceeded my skill level and then I lost some of my smile. After some time with the dentist all was well. However, I had now move on to bigger and better riding. I start riding big miles on my road bicycle and by the half way point of 1996 I was riding 400 mile weeks (180 miles every weekend). It was a numbers, and everyone know bigger numbers are better.