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The Mad, Mad (Cycling) Mind of Perry Stone
 
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Date: 2/14/2014
The Mad, Mad (Cycling) Mind of Perry Stone
 

The Mad, Mad Ultra (Cycling) Mind of Perry Stone.

By Chris Graetz

Perry Stone is a semi-retired ultra-endurance cyclist from White Rock, British Columbia. He points out that he is only semi-retired and continually tries to convince his body to return to the sport he loves.

C. G. Thanks for taking time out to talk to us today, the last you were burning up the roads of Australia was over a decade ago, what have you been up to since then?

P. Stone I have been trying to keep busy and I have been trying to encourage the growth of ultra-endurance cycling in Canada, North America and anywhere in the world that there is a heart that beats, a bike in proper condition and an ambition to ride into the horizon.

C.G. How’s that working out for you?

P. Stone If I wasn’t optimistic I would be dead. Racing around Australia is one thing, racing around it three times is another but developing ultra-endurance racing is a lonely, incredibly difficult, thankless labor of love that is like walking on quicksand; if you hesitate you die.

C.G. Have you been riding?

P. Stone I have had intermittent success in maintaining a training schedule. I have a physical impairment or chronic injury if you will that just doesn’t seem to want to go away, but I am optimistic as I still plan to become the oldest, most miserable rider on the planet to cycle around the world someday.

C.G. What’s the problem?

P. Stone Let’s just say that I am not always comfortable in the saddle.

C.G. So riding and promoting racing that sounds like you are keeping busy, have you got any other projects on the go mate?

P. Stone Let’s see, I seem to like to gain weight, grow my hair and see how long I can go without paying my utility bills. I recently came out of the closet and admitted I enjoy American Idol. I wrote Lance Armstrong once but he didn’t get back to me and  I have book due out this spring called Biking Bad – Dead Men Riding.

C.G. What did you say to Lance Armstrong?

P. Stone I offered him a chance at redemption and invited him to race in the Tour of British Columbia (www.tourdebc.com) When he didn’t respond I wrote a character into Biking Bad roughly based on his “Tom Foolery”.

C.G. What’s Biking Bad about? Is it your epic trips around Australia?

P. Stone Naked Racing is related to my rides around Australia as I rode over 100,000 k unsupported kilometers in Australia so I feel that I have the expertise to advise these riders if they have any questions.

As far as Biking Bad is concerned  I felt that there are way too many books about subjects like that and I really enjoy a good yarn so I created Biking Bad, it is a story about an Outback bike race seen through the eyes of a reporter following the racers. A number of cyclists turn up dead, one-by-one, and murder is suspected. All evidence points to the race promoter who is benefitting from all the publicity, but you never know.

C.G. Sounds like that might be hitting close to home, no?

P. Stone Well I am no Taylor Swift but everyone has something to vent about. But seriously it might be the most entertaining book in the history of mankind. It is a road yarn, turned murder mystery, turned Fear and Loathing and sadly it was inspired by walking this earth for a half century. I even wrote Rodney Rude in. I had to get seriously pie-eyed to channel his humor, he is the MC at the start of the race and he is not impressed with cyclists.

C.G. So let’s get back to ultra-endurance cycling, what’s going on there?

P. Stone I found that the main issue that blocks people from participating in an ultra-endurance race is the cost of participating. Registration fees aside the cost of recruiting and funding escort vehicles and personnel is preventative for many would be riders.

All of our events have extremely low registration fees (compared to similar events) but still these fees only represented in some cases 10% of the total cost of racing so I created “Naked Racing”

C.G. Naked racing? Are you serious?

P. Stone Well I guess riding naked on a bicycle might not be the wisest decision any of us will ever make.  I can tell you from my numerous test runs that I have developed a very real fear of rotating spokes.

C.G. Really?

P. Stone Are you crazy? Naked Racing is more about stripping away the unnecessary expense and rules of competition and focusing on the core rewards of facing challenge than it is about actual nudity. All riders must wear a helmet, the rest of their kit is entirely up to them.

C.G. How do naked riders stay comfortable in the saddle?

P. Stone Air flow.

C.G. What body parts are most susceptible to sunburn when cycling naked?

P. Stone Depends on whether we are talking male or female, but you can figure that one out I am sure, however no testing has been done to date.

C.G. Do you still qualify as naked if you wear helmet, glasses, socks and shoes?

P. Stone You might come off as quite dorky and I highly recommend sunglasses for the bashful.

C.G. Go on.

P. Stone Well one aspect that is really fantastic is that Naked Racing actually intensifies the challenge, by removing escort and support crews the racer or racers are responsible for their own “everything”, navigating, when to ride, when to rest, their safety,  bike maintenance, nutrition and everything else they require to circumnavigate the course.  “Organic” support is permissible. That is to say  riders may purchase any supplies or services they require along the way.

C.G. So essentially randonneuring?

P. Stone Yes and no, the solo division in Naked Racing is very similar to randonneuring but our races remain ultra-endurance, randonneuring events traditionally taper out around 800 kilometers or so, our shortest race the Naked Challenger is 1,600 kilometers long.

Team Naked is a whole new concept in ultra-racing. Only 50% of a team must finish for their race to be official and the first of their riders to cross the finish line scores the team’s finishing time.

In Team Racing rider’s may draft off their team mates but no one else.  This leaves team members with vast possibilities in planning and executing their race plan.  They may draft one or two riders the entire way, riders may work as mules packing team supplies to allow their lead riders the opportunity to be as fresh as possible for the finishing portion of the race.

You have heard of the loneliness of the long-distance runner. It is exactly the same for cyclists; the team element provides for camaraderie and an efficient cohesive team will work magically in supporting each other.

C.G.  When, where and how much?

P. Stone Summer, Canada and cheap.

For more information about Naked Racing please visit www.nakedcycling.ca

 
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