Castelli Colletivo

Rafael Ortiz

Apopka , Florida

Primary Discipline(s) Road Cycling / Criterium, Gravel Cycling
Bucket List RaceOutbound 200
Post-Race DrinkFlow formulas
Off-Day ActivityStretching and weights

I’m a 49 year old, married for 30 years and we have a 22 year old day offer. I’m very passionate about riding gravel and road. I started my riding days back in the summer of 2017. My wife was diagnosed with stage 3 uterine cancer and at the point our life’s changed. I was 190lbs at 5’4”. Not a good thing at all. Something had to change for my wife and I. We decided to change our eating behavior and start exercise. I met my cycling coach in November of the same year and it’s all been up hill sense ?????. In 2018 I traveled to Italy and stayed at The Garda Bike Hotel and road my 1st real hill climbs. I have been to Girona Spain with my couch and friends to explore to beautiful city of Girona. I average about 6000 plus miles a year and train all year around. I love gravel just as much as I love riding in the asphalt ??. My longer single day ride was 167 miles. We rode from the east coast of florida to west coast. I’m also a collector of old late 80s and 90s GT 20” freestyle bikes ????. Riding my bikes is a part of my day to day activities.