We continue with the expose series, which began last year with Mitch Tallen and proved to be very ahhhh, popular. This time, instead of allowing annoymous comments to drive the report, we went right to the source to interview one of the more interesting cyclists in our midst. What follows is the actual transcripts of the interview done over the phone, recently.
BLOG: First off, how did you acquire the nickname, "Flyin Tuna"?
CB: Well, I watch a lot of TV, mostly reality show type stuff but also Rod and I enjoy watching nature programs. We were watching Discovery Channel and they had a show about fishes. Which were the largest, smallest, most dangerous, fastest, you know. So, I was riding with someone and describing for them this fish show and how much I admired the Tuna as it swam in large groups, quickly with lots of drafting opportunity, just like me in a group of cyclists. We began descending a hill and as I was going down, I screamed, "Look at me, I'm a flyin tuna." I guess that's how I got the nickname. However, I'm comfortable with it and even buy T-shirts that have a reference to Tuna. I guess I have embraced the name.
BLOG: What are some of your favorite reality shows?
CB: I am jacked about this new one, called "Wild Tuna" of course but we also like "Duck Dynasty", "Amish Mafia", "Celebrity Wife Swap" just lots and lots of them but also the nature shows on Discovery.
BLOG: Who are your favorite TV personalities?
CB: Snookie and Honey Boo Boo.
BLOG: Moving on to cycling, who are your favorite cycling partners"
CB: I always enjoy riding with Amanda or Corvair as you call her. She is like the little sister I never had. I took her under my wing long ago and taught her everytning I know about cycling, group riding, how to shop in the gas station markets, etc...
BLOG: What about all the guys you ride with?
CB: It's dreamy to ride with Kevin H because he smells so good but don't put that in this interview because that would be uncomfortable for me.
BLOG: OK, I wont. Now, where are your favorite places to ride?
CB: Well, I've been west of Dayton only once when I rode in California but that was a shock to my senses. I prefer the browns and greys of Ohio I guess.
BLOG: OK, then where in Ohio do you like to ride?
CB: Whenever I'm in Marietta it brings a chill to my spine because of flashbacks to when I enter the city at the end of the COP, CFC ride. I also like Thornville and Bladensburg.
BLOG: What is it about the latter two towns that you like?
CB: The restaurants that are there. I like to eat. I ride to eat or eat to ride, whatever.
BLOG: What are your favorite foods at the food stops?
CB: When in Bladensburg, a double decker serving of pancakes with all the trimmings. Hamburgers elsewhere.
BLOG: We want to thank you for taking the time to allow the readers to get to know you a little better.
CB: Is that all you are going to ask? I'd like to say a lot more
BLOG: Well, that's all I have time for but your welcome to jump to the comments section and keep going if you want. Anyway, thank you for your time.
CB: Oh, you're welcome. I love the attention I get from being on the blog. It's made me something of a star among central Ohio cyclists.