Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present to you, Arizona’s finest mountain bike race promoter, Mr. Todd Sadow.
He is the man behind Epic Rides. His races are among the best you will ever participate in. I’m serious. Come on out to Arizona and try one if you haven’t already.
That’s him punching me at the 2003 Squealer. Yes, it hurt.
What is your name?
What do you like to be called?
“Todd” or “Sadow” (pronounced Say-dow)
How were you introduced to cycling?
Started riding a bmx bike and then never stopped from there. Wanted a new bmx bike but parents forced me into a touring Fuji 12 speed coincided with LeMond winning the tour started racing the road bike at about 11 yrs old (with zero success) hooked from there on out.I often wonder where I’d be now if I didn’t get the Fuji.
How did you first hear about drunkcyclist.com?
Saw your crew at an MBAA event. You had me at “hello”
Do you read drunkcyclist.com?
How does it feel to be interviewed on drunkcyclist.com?
Like a Rock Star!
Where do you work and for whom?
Work for Epic Rides, Inc; Office within the PBAA offices (El Tour de Tucson).
Not sure that cycling would be what it is in AZ without the El Tour offices. They do more than people realize.
How did you get involved in race promotion?
Long story, but, to keep it short, wanted into the bike industry. Thought it would be a foot in the door. Never looked back once the wheels got up to speed.
Do you enjoy race promotion? I mean, all the time? It must have its ups and downs. Weather, permitting issues, participants getting injured.
Not all the time but at least enough of the time that the end result is justified. The last two years were the hardest hands down. Everything that could go wrong did (Murphy’s Law). It really made me want to run back to the safe-haven of corporate America.
A switch flipped last July (’06) for Epic Rides. Things seem to be back on the right track. Why? I have no idea; some things are better left unquestioned.
No less, some days it’s “like any other job”, other days it’s the dream job I was aiming for.
Are you Conservative or Liberal?
I walk the line.
Iraq War: Good idea or fucking huge mistake?
Good idea poor execution. ~ I’m not saying we should or should not have invaded Iraq; I’m saying we needed a positive relationship with Iraq on some level. Read: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Do you drink alcohol? What’s your poison?
Yes. Gin and Tonic for the first round,straight and on the rocks with a few limes thereafter -OR- beer is always good
Ever had a problem with either?
No chance. Got to be in control. Know why you’re doin what you’re doin.
What religion were you raised?
Ask me after I’ve retired.
Ask me over a beer.
Do you have a significant other?
Free as a bird.
Older brother. He’s not just a good bro; he’s an amazing person. We’re tight (and I’ve got a stellar sister-in-law).
Do you get along with your parents?
My parents are ridiculously cool, extraordinarily understanding and very VERY supportive. Whole family is like 4, now 5, peas in a pod. Ummm…yeah, we get along.
What was your childhood like?
No complaints. Lots of wakeboarding, road riding, jet skiing, pole vaulting, drinking in cow fields, tripping daisy’s and golf (lots and lots of golf).
Did you fucking hate high school?
No way. Wouldn’t trade if for the world. We had a rodeo team and football at my high school. What else do you need in the middle of nowhere Texas?
Did you go to your high school reunion?
Who pisses you off, and why?
People who lack tact, otherwise, I try to keep it pretty chill.
Who do you want to meet?
My wife because I bet she’s an amazing person. Then again, we’ll have the rest of our lives to hang out so, I’d like to spend a day with President Clinton.
What music do you listen to?
Everything but not a huge fan of hip-hop. Definitely enjoy the jam bands.
What do you read? Books? Magazines? Newspapers?
The Newspaper every morning. All mountain bike mags/most roadie rags. Business & Entrepreneur pubs. Non-fiction. Drudge report on-line.
What movies do you like?
If you know meâ€¦the last movie I saw is usually the best movie I’ve ever seen. Just happens like that.
Do you watch television?
What shows do you like?
Do you watch sports?
The blue one.
Do you drive much?
More than I like but I make a point of it to commute by bike when I can.
What do you drive and why?
VW Touareg. Functional for job and a great car. Handles like a sports car but gets me on course when I need to be out there. Plus provides some space for event eq. etc
Where do you want to be in five years?
I’d rather not air it out but trust me, the bike community wants me to be where I want to be. I’ve got some pretty big ideas knocking around in my brain. Come with me on this.
How ’bout in ten years?
Way to far out to tell. I’ll be glad to have health and happiness where ever I am at that point (plus whatever progress I’ve made on #41).
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Not a thing.
You gotta be good with who you are otherwise what do you have?
Any final thoughts or words?
Yeah, never settle for anything less than what you want and validation can be a tough pill to swallow.
Thanks for the opportunity!by