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Stuart Barrington 
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What do you do when not riding?
This is a trick question right?? The obvious answer is (a) thinking about my last ride or (b) thinking about my next ride! That said in between I work in IT, I am a Program Manager and work in the Technology Operations team. I typically manage Projects that involve Data Centers, Networking, Servers and the like. Other than that I have an endurance athlete wife, four kids and three dogs so life is pretty busy even on a quiet day!
Pro crush:
hmm I am pretty torn here. My heart goes out to Thor Hushovd, he was the catalyst for getting my Cervelo R3 which has just rolled 20,000 miles this week! With Thor retiring a few years ago I am thoroughly enjoying watching Steve Cummings generally mess with people’s heads and spoil their day! Phil Liggett said that it doesn’t matter if he is at the front or at the back he’s going to be trouble!
Current bike rack:
– Cervelo R3- road
– Lynskey Cooper – gravel
– Raleigh RX2.0 – cx
– Orbea Occam 29er – MTB
– SE Lager – single speed/fixie
The dream N+1 is a:
Cervelo RCA frame/fork Shimano DuraAce 9100 groupset with a 3T cockpit and stem. 3T Orbis II C35 wheelset. ISM Prologue saddle.
What is your favourite Velominati or cycling ‘rule’ to break?
Rules 29 and 31 My bike has a saddle bag. It just makes sense! It’s just big enough to hold 2 tubes, a lever, multi-tool and a couple of CO2 cartridges, I always carry a small pump in my jersey, a lesson learned the hard way. That said if I have a really long day ahead I’ll stuff another tube in my jersey pocket…bad things usually happen in threes, right!?
Where would you take the VeloClub #lunchbunch in your neck of the woods?
The Pedalers Fork in Calabasas. It’s already a very well know cycling stop spot. By day it’s a breakfast, lunch, coffeehouse with an onsite bike/mechanic shop. The perfect destination for a coffee ride or a mid-way point for a group out and back, they have plenty of racks, outside seating and the coffee and pastries are well worth the effort. By night,after you’ve got cleaned up, you can fine dine and enjoy some of the local brews and a great meal
Where should we be planning the next VeloClub summit (junket)?
The Santa Monica Mountains…basically this is my back yard. Enough roads to ride somewhere different everyday for a week. A great mix of solid climbs which pitch up to 15% and descents to match. They are flanked on one side by the Pacific Ocean with views to keep you coming back for more time after time! It was the location of my first Everesting and there are plenty of climbs left with unclaimed First Known Ascents to keep me going for a good few years!
Your earliest cycling memory:
As a kid I had a couple of handover bikes from our neighbors who had kids older than me. I really remember my first bike with gears…a blue steel Raleigh with a three speed Sturney Archer gearset. Our house was close to the bottom of a hill and I had to wait till I had those gears before I could ride up the hill!