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Eddie Monnier
Mar 18, 2022
Name: Eddie "Paletti" Monnier Location: Southern California Zwift age I.e..how long zwifitng: Started in 2019 Zwift level: 35 Bike you use to zwift: "Tron" for most routes, Aethos for pure climbing, Chapter 2 TOA for flat courses. Fave zwift route/event: Not a real climber but I enjoy climbing, so anything with some vert in it is to my liking. Best moment on the bike: Every moment on my bike is a good one. Worst moment on the bike: Riding home 10 miles after fracturing pelvis in February 2021. I was practically in tears. Could not walk when I got off bike. Fortunately, it wasn't displaced so I didn't need surgery and was only off the bike for 8.5 weeks. IRL rider: yes/no: Yes What kind of rider would you say you are? (Sprinter/mountain goat/puncheur/rouleur) I guess I'm a rouleur now. In the last year, I have really upped my riding and now ride about 250 miles a week with about 20K of gain. My FTP w/kg is better than it has ever been, but I've lost my punch (years ago, my 1-min power was pretty good). Interesting fact about you: I worked/lived in Hungary in 1992 and Luxembourg in 1993. Really loved living in Europe. Got to race a little with a team while in Luxembourg. Picture: This was me at the top of an incredible gravel climb during a mostly road ride in the Sierras. Was an incredibly beautiful ride and one I look forward to repeating. How did you get into cycling? I was an avid runner after high school. When I was 21, I hurt my knee and a friend encouraged me to go for a bike ride. Even though I ran 8 miles/day, I was amazed that we rode a whole 10 miles! But I loved it, tennis shoes and all. LOL. I had been living on my own since I was 18 and was struggling financially. So I decided to sell my car and buy a bike to get around. I put a Trek 520 on layaway and once I got it, my life changed. I have been a devout member of the Church of the Round Wheel ever since. That was back in 1984. Daaaannngg. Now I realize who the wrinkly old man staring at me from the mirror is! How is this ZRL season going for you and what do you expect from the rest of the season? I really enjoyed racing ZRL with the Coyotes but still have a lot to learn. I also enjoyed doing some of the TTT's with the mixed Amstaffs/Coyotes.
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