Name: Karl Menzies

Racing Age: 40

Specialty: All rounder, leadout guy.

Nationality: Australian

Hometown: Ada, Michigan

Residence: Ada, Michigan

Birthday: June 17.

Height: 6’1”

Strengths: Everything except climbing.

PRO Since: 2004

Accomplishments: Standing on the podium of every crit in North America! Amazing criterium and all-around smart racer

+ What inspired you to start bike riding/racing?

I was good at it, and it was fun.

+ What inspires you every day to get on your bike?

Striving to be the best I can be.

+ What does inspire to achieve mean to you know?

I’m personally inspired to achieve by my teammates, my team, my sponsors, my family and friends. I always want to do my best for the Team and never let any one down. On the flip side trying to inspire others to do the same.

+ How do you use data for your training and racing?

I will use power data for training but not for racing.

+ What does technology bring into bike racing?

Everything. Technology has changed cycling at every level from clothing and bikes to training and racing.

+ What is your super power?

I am a super power.

+ If you weren’t bike racing, what would you be doing?

Great question.

+ What are your favorite pastimes and hobbies outside of bikes?

Tinkering around the house. Spending time with the family.

+ What is your most memorable day on the bike?

Winning a stage of the Tour Down Under.

+ What is your favorite pre-race or post-race meal?

Pre criterium – fried rice. Post race - chocolate shake.

+ How long do you think you would last in a zombie apocalypse?

Till the end.

+ Who is your hero?

Hilton Clarke.

+ What is one piece of advice you would give to another up and coming cyclist or fan?

Never give up on a dream or goal you set yourself. Anything is possible.

+ What is something “if you would have known then what you known now”?

Race smarter.

+ Favorite songs or playlist to listen to while training or warming up?

I will pass as to not incriminate myself.

+ When you think of your happy place, where is that?

Home.

+ What does Artificial Intelligence mean to you?

Something I’m in need of.

+ Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Never give up.

+ You are stranded on a desert island and have to choose one thing to have with you. What is that?

My family.

+ What is your favorite race and why?

Probably Charlotte Criterium for the ambience and energy.