Member Profile: Jerry Arnold

As we work our way through our members we shine the light on Jerry Arnold, who makes the long trek to races from the wilds of Cherry County. Jerry is a multi-time multi-discipline state champion and Rider of the Year. He is one we’re glad to have on our side. 

Name: Jerry Arnold
Age: 55
Current City: Valentine
Home town: Ashland, KS
Significant other’s name/family: Judy (much younger than I am, just a child bride, really), Alex (22), Eric (18)
What pays for your cycling addiction (where do you work)? I teach math and physics at Valentine High School
What do you do away from cycling for fun? Fun? Away from cycling? Who knew..Don’t tell my wife – she might get ideas.
How long have you been cycling: I started riding in 2001 as recovery therapy following a broken back in a ranching accident. I clearly remember when a 15-20 mile ride was a good workout. The first time I went for 40 miles I was pretty impressed with myself (and tired).
Bikes: Road: Trek 5200, Dirt: Fisher Big Sur hard tail
Favorite cycling discipline: Road
Most memorable race: Race Across Oregon – hardest thing I’ve done.
Highlight of your cycling career: Riding Mt. Ventoux in France 2006. Check out the YouTube video of Lance’s attack in 2000. I was kind of like that.
Goals for 2012: Continue to stave off the creeping march of senility and decrepitude.
If given the means, what would be your dream bike and accessory set up? I’m not really a gear junkie, but a Pinarello or Colnago would be pretty sweet just for the pure beauty.
One thing you want your teammates to know about you: I really enjoy the friendly, welcoming environment with EVCC. When you drive halfway across the state for every race, it makes a big difference not to just load up and go home.