Meet Mike Lee : A.K.A - Mlee WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CYCLING ADVENTURE ??: Of all my cycling mishaps, wrong turns and unplanned adventures, the most memorable cycling adventure is hands down the 2015 L'Eroica Di Gaiole in Chianti. The original grand panda himself, Curtis Litun and myself had the dream adventure to enter and ride in the 209km vintage cycling race, whilst product testing the new Spandex Panda apparel line. I remember the first few hours of cycling in the absolute pitch black. After the first 80km of the race, Curtis and I crested the peak of a long arduous climb and sipped on our water bottles. By this time, we were about 3 hours into our ride, and nearly done half the race. We overheard a group of riders passing by, saying they shouldn't stop if they wanted to complete the race before dark. I remember Curtis and I looking at each other and thinking "What are they talking about?! Half done, and it's only 8am! Piece of cake" As the day went on, the sky opened and it began raining for the next 4 hours and we hit our first BIG climb. I don't remember the stats, but I do remember it was well over an hour of uphill grinding on this switchback trail. Both of us struggled to keep both feet on the pedals and not fall into the muddy ravines caused by the torrential rainfall. At the top, I checked my watch, and we had done only 2 or 3 km of riding straight up. So much for being half done in the first 3 hours! Overall, it took us 15 hours to complete the 209km (12,150 ft of climbing). To top it all off the while I was stung in the thigh by a killer Asian hornet at 150km! It was quite the adventure, one that I'd definitely do again, but at the time, we both said we'd never do again. STRAVA https://www.strava.com/activities/408894937 HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING BIKES FOR ??: I experienced my tricycle at 2 or 3 yrs old, and had my first training wheel free spill at 5 years old. I've been cycling ever since, predominantly road racing and triathlon. FAVORITE BICYCLE ??: I once owned 12 bicycles at the same time. My favourite is my beat up grungy no-name fixed gear commuter. I ride this most often, but I put the most distance on my Cervelo S2. DREAM BIKE ADVENTURE WOULD BE ??: I have always dreamed of living on my bike and traveling long distances. Perhaps a ride across Europe, Russia and China. I would do it differently than most others, by not really planning for the adventure. I thrive being put into situations where I need to think on my feet. I almost rode my dumpster rescued fixed gear from California to Toronto, which would have been 5000 km. It wouldn't have survived, and I would have had to Frankenstein it along the way! But 5000km of constant peddling, sounds fun to me! WHY DO YOU RIDE YOUR BICYCLE ??: I ride my bicycle because I can. I also run because I can. I'm still healthy and relatively young. I don't want to wake up one day and realize that so many years have passed and I no longer have the will or ability to enjoy the simple pleasures of mobility. Riding a bike brings about a sense of nostalgia, the moment we first realized we were free form the confines of our driveway, our street, our neighbourhood. Now, having traveled and ridden my bike all over the world, the freedom is now infinite. I don't ever want to give that up. As strange as this sounds, I feel the most at ease on my bike. Home is on my bike, in my saddle.