Mike Buckner

Mike Buckner

1. When did you start racing and why? 

I started racing in 2013.  I had ridden a road bike for a few years before I started racing.

2. What makes you love cycling so much?  

It allows me to get away.  I started when I was working in sales and needed something to release stress at the end of the day.  There isn’t anything more soothing than getting in a nice hard ride.

3. What different cycling disciplines do you participate?  Race or recreation? 

Right now I am only a roadie.  I would like to get into either mountain biking or cyclocross in the coming years.  Call me a slacker but I just can’t seem to get motivated to ride anything but a road bike.  I live 2 miles from Alum Creek so the thought of getting a mountain rig sure is appealing.  It would be a nice break from being on the road.  As far as cross goes, I have a borrowed Niner 5 Star in my garage and didn’t take advantage and race it this year.  That was probobly a huge mistake but I am a huge Ohio State Football fan and can’t seem to miss watching a game for a cross race.  Maybe next year.

4. What do you take in your jersey on long rides?

My cell phone, tube, multi tool, honey stinger gels, Giddy Up Bars,  a little cash and my Beats wireless headphones.

5. What piece of your cycling gear (clothing, wheels, anything) is your favorite? 

I have two.  First is my Headwind Kit.  I love our kit, our team name, our sponsors, and everything we support.  It gives me great pride to wear it every time I ride.  The second is my crank power meter.  What can I say…I am a watt watcher and use the power meter to see if my training is paying off.

6. Which pro cyclist will you cheer for in the pro peloton?

Peter Sagan!!  This has changed since the first time I filled this profile out.  After his 2015 season where he was taking heat for not winning and then watching him, in person, crush that worlds course in Richmond my mind has changed.  I sometimes want to resort to being 8 years old and put a poster of him up in my room.  Something tells me my wife would reject that.  Maybe I could do this in my cycling room?  Who knows.  Peter is my guy.  His bike handling skills, love of the sport, and pure ability to ride a bike like nobody else is something that is quite unique.  I believe he will go down as one of the best of my lifetime and look forward to following his success.

7. Which pro cyclist do you think your style is most like? 

I would say Taylor Phinney.  This was a difficult question for me to answer.  I haven’t been racing long enough to figure out exactly who I am like most.  Taylor is a great team member, time trialist, and attack artist.  I think my style could be similar to his.

8. What do you eat after a long ride or race?  

I typically drink a protein shake with skim milk right after a long ride.  It makes me feel like I will recover faster.  Do I?  Who knows but the people at GNC say I will.

9. What is your favorite race memory, what race was it and why do you remember it?  

My favorite race memory was 2013 at Lake Hope.  It was my first ever race, filled with climbs (which I am terrible at), and after the race I was proposing to my girlfriend.  Before the race I told all my teammates that I was proposing later that day and they were very happy for me.  It did add to my anxiety before the race.  I was extremely nervous for the race but it helped take my mind off the proposal.  I will never forget the feeling I had when I crossed the finish line knowing the next event of the day would be proposing to Amber. I can’t remember the result of the race just that I finished.

10. What advice do you give to your team member or a new team member?   

Make sure you have a structured training schedule.  It’s much easier to train when you have a plan.  I learned the hard way.  Before the 2013 season I didn’t have a plan and had some structure prior to 2014.  It made me better in 2014 but it still wasn’t enough.

11. What are your 2017 goals? 

Race as a team with some tactics, finish top 10 as many times as possible and promote our sponsors.  I am no pro and don’t even plan on winning a whole bunch if ever.  I really love that local businesses here in Columbus have decided to sponsor our team.  As long as our team has their support my main goal is to race hard, have fun, and support their brands.

12. When you aren’t pedaling your bike what do you like to do?  

I love football so I spend a lot of time in the fall watching the Buckeyes and Browns.  When football or cycling isn’t consuming my life I spend a lot of time with my wife, our two dogs, family and friends.  We enjoy experiencing new places to eat and trying as many new beers as possible but we keep it responsible.  Nothing beats a nice, cold, Dark Horse from Elevator Brewing though (shameless sponsor promotion).