As a black kid growing up in the 70’s I saw most kids in our neighborhood playing the average sports…Football, basketball, and baseball. I was a skinny kid back then, too skinny to play football, not good at dribbling a basketball and baseball was just too slow for me. I used to watch Evil Knievel on ABC Wide World of Sports on the weekends and I got infatuated with him jumping his motorcycle over buses. I would go outside, pretend to be him and set up ramps and jump them on my Royce Union bike with the banana seat.
So that’s how the seed was planted and from then on riding my bike is all I wanted to do. Jumping my bike made me feel happy.