NAME: Matt Lieto
DATE OF BIRTH: 5/4/78
PLACE OF BIRTH: Hopkington Mass
CURRENT HOME TOWN: Bend OR! But you should move to Boulder it’s way cooler.
OTHER SPONSORS: Trek, Kswiss, Aquasphere, Powertap, 110%, Bontrager, Campagnolo, Base Performance
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:Pretty much signing with Smith Getting to where I am today from where I came from is my proudest achievement. Victories and podiums at various events over the last 5 years make it sweeter, but the journey is my “highlight”.
WHY DO YOU LIKE SMITH OPTICS: Smith are the perfect blend of style, functionality and durability. That and they make my massive head not look so massive.
FAVORITE SMITH PRODUCT & WHY: The Pivlock V2 is the business. Perfect frame and lens combo for training and racing. The frame is super low profile and light so fits well into aero or road helmets and the frameless lens provides un obstructed view when the head is down in aero.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING TRIATHLON: I began racing triathlon after watching my brother race at ironman Hawaii, I went home lost 80lbs and began my journey to where I am today.
FAORITE RACE OF THE SEASON AND WHY: There are too many to have just one, Ironman, 70.3, Xterra and sprint races, I love them all and race as much as possible. But usually the last one! I love me some off-seasoning!
FUN CHILDHOOD FACT: I could eat my weight in ding dongs, and likely smoke you at Contra (yes, without the code).
CRAZIEST THING YOU HAVE SEEN IN A RACE?: I once road through a gaggle of Turkey in the middle of a 50mph descent. It is gaggle right?
IN THE OFF SEASON I LIKE TO: I am an athlete that loves the seasons. In the off time I stay in bend and ride the perfect trails and play in the snow when the time comes. This year the split board calls my name.
MISC SHOUT OUT, THANKS & RANTS: HEYYYYYY!!!