Kuhl Bike Team Bio: Jon Russell
Age: 33 years old
Location/ origin: Currently living in Provo, UT, born in Honolulu, HI
Other favorites: Sun bathing, crying/weeping.
What’s been your most memorable ride?
Pre-riding Park City P2P one year, we ran into 3 Moose, 2 of which charged us, causing several grown men to scream like little girls and jump behind pathetic plants and shrubs for protection.
If you could ride anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go?
Road riding in Italy
Who inspires you?
My little 2 year old girl… always happy and ready to party. Keeps me relaxed and yet makes me want to always be a better person.
What’s your worst habit?
Crashing in races, licking my fingers after eating KFC chicken.
What is one biker stereotype that you embody?
Obsessed with maintaining a girlish figure and meticulously shaving my body hair.
What is one biker stereotype that you stray far from?
I’m always the first to admit that I am a huge pussy. I ride far from the edge…Not extreme at all, and I regularly voice my fear and trepidation audibly… most dudes I ride with are embarrassed for me.
Favorite gear innovation you have seen?
Carbon wheels and Garmin GPS, computers, strava etc. I love geeking out on the technology aspect of riding.
Favorite piece of gear?
I am currently in love with my Fox suspension remote dual lockout switch, which I use probably way more frequently than is necessary. It’s probably one of my least important pieces of equipment, but nevertheless it’s my favorite. I get giddy every time I get to switch suspension positions.
Biggest peeve about gear?
Race gear is always wearing out too fast because it’s so light. Good thing I like getting new parts because it seems I have to do it all the time! Freak.
What law(s) have you broken that resulted in a good story?
I’m too fearful to break laws. My pedophile mustache should be against the law though. I guess trespassing is against the law…We used to rappel off of our Junior High School which got one of my buddy’s arrested.
Rappelling off of your Junior High sounds interesting. What’s the story?
A friend of mine fashioned a grappling hook in junior high metal shop, which we used to throw on the roof of our junior high school and we had ascenders that would get us up the rope and on top of the building. We’d repeat this process for each level until we were several stories up and then we’d rappel off the top. One night, someone called the cops on us and a few of us managed to get away leaving only one dude on top when the cops showed up. He was surrounded and so he waited for hours. Once the cops got access to the school stairs, my buddy attempted a fast escape, rappelling off the side of the school. Before his feet hit the ground, he was tackled mid-air by several cops yelling “freeze” with their guns drawn, cuffed him, and dragged him down to the station. We made him go last because we knew we weren’t all going to get away with it. He was the guy in the group that always got the short end of the stick.
Will Justin Timberlake and Brittney Spears ever get back together?
Damn, I sure hope so.
Your biggest insight to the missing link/evolution mystery?
Some 200,000 years ago Ancient Aliens from somewhere in Orion’s Belt mated with Chimpanzee’s or Bonobo’s here on earth, which combination marked the beginning of the homo sapien species. Mystery solved.
What song that makes you most stoked to ride? Anything by Lisa Lobe
What’s your favorite food and drink post epic ride? Cheese Burgers and Pizza
If your life was turned into a movie, what actor would play your role?
Genie gives you three wishes and you have five minutes to decide all three. What are they?
1-billion dollars (duh) 2-more wishes (duh) 3-world peace (duh)
Best way to end a first date?
Most visited website? My web browser says mileycyrus.com is my most frequented site, but that can’t be right. Probably cyclingnews.com or Kuhl.com
What would you do if it was the end of the world tomorrow?
Eat an entire pizza.
Would you rather fail or never try?
Trying makes me tired so I’ll go with fail. I’m pretty lazy.
If you could spend a year doing something that you have never, ever done, what would it be?
I’d love to ride my motorcycle from here down to Patagonia.
Do you have any pets? Do you ride with them?
NO! I hate pets.
Worst injury sustained from biking and how did you recover?
Broken wrist bone from colliding head on with a dirt bike… just kept riding through it like an idiot.
What the fastest speed you’ve ever gone on a bike? 61 mph’s down to cascade springs off the top of the Alpine Loop.