TNLCX - Steve Vorderman

For the past 35 years Steve has been on his bike basically every other day. Save for recently when he took 2 weeks off to recover from surgery. Cycling has been one of the few constants in his life. 

Up until his mid-twenties, Steve, now 60, was a runner. After he started having different pains and aches that are associated with running, he broke into the competitive cycling world. Ever since, cycling has been an integral part of his life. 

About 5 years ago he found out about cyclocross. Originally writing it off as a silly way of competing, he soon after came to love what cyclocross offers as a sport.

"It gives me a lot of pleasure in certain ways. It's my time to meditate, time to go inward, time to be competitive. It's my time to relax, my time to bond in friendships, and it’s been a way for me to see the world in a way that wouldn't have been possible."

For Steve, cyclocross is less about racing against other people (despite the race dynamic) and more about finding ways to personally improve each time he goes out, and getting more proficient at the technique of cyclocross. 

Steve has been part of other cycling teams locally, but this year decided to partner with Team NeighborLink. For him, it is not only about a community of cyclists, but it is also benefitting people who can’t or don’t have resources. It is a valuable part of the experience that being part of the team means supporting the awareness of the community that comes along with it. 

Steve recently had a heart stint done. So his goal for this season was to be able to race again and slowly build back up. Most of all, though, his goal is to enjoy it and have fun. 

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