John “Mini Man” Goolevitch and son visit Santa Cruz.
John “Mini Man” Goolevitch — author of Trikke helped me lose 120 pounds! — is the organizer of one of my favorite rides: the Seymour Hill Climb Challenge in Victoria, British Columbia. I’ve attend the last three years and it’s inspired me to learn to climb hills on my Trikke T12.
In 2010, I’d never ridden a T12 for more than a short bit in a parking lot, but I was able to borrow one and fell in love with it after getting some real speed on the downhill at Seymour. My hill-climbing mentors, who encouraged me along the way at Seymour, were John, Mark Codispoti and Claudio Pagan, and recently, for the first time, one of them paid a visit to my hometown, Santa Cruz, Calif.
John Goolevitch’s son, Adam, is a collector and expert on all things Apple. He had an opportunity to meet one of the original marketing gurus for Apple and check out his one of a kind Mac here in Santa Cruz, so father and son spent four days in town.
Whilst Adam did his computer thing, John and I did some Trikke riding. The first place we went was my neighborhood hill-climb training area, during which John accused me of torture and confirmed that my hills were worthy, not push overs (he was able to indulge in some of his high speed down-hilling as well).
Later in the week, his son, Adam, and my wife, Sally, joined us for a sightseeing ride around Santa Cruz. Then, what started out as a merely stormy-looking day turned into a downpour, just to make Adam and John feel at home.
Although it was raining quite hard, the road surface was rough enough that we didn’t slip and slide, as we thought we might. A great time was had by all, and we look forward to getting together and carving again, be it British Columbia or stateside.
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