Name: Christian Vande Velde
Date of Birth: 5-22-76
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Current home town: Lemont, IL
Other sponsors: Garmin-Sharp
Greatest accomplishments in cycling:
4th Place Tour de France. 1st place US Pro Cycling Challenge
Why do you like Smith Optics? Great mix of style, comfort and function.
How did you get into cycling? My father was a 2 time Olympian. I thought if he could do it, it couldn’t be THAT hard.
Craziest thing you have seen in the peloton. I think that I have seen everything in the Peloton by now. From death to beauty. There are no timeouts in cycling and I will never get used to people crashing, catching back up and racing to the finish line bloody and broken. As I get older that fact amazes me more and more.
What is the best thing about being a pro rider? Being a pro rider I find myself having the privilege to see the world and hanging out on the bus before and after races is something that I will always miss when my racing days are over.
The Worst? Racing full gas in the rain, risking life and limb. No fun.
In the off season, I like to…do absolutely nothing. Hang out at home with the family, mess around on the pit bikes………
In 15 years I hope to be….under 300 pounds.