PAA Racer of the Month – John Saliamonas



April 2014

In April, the PAA riders raced 48 times, with one win, eight podiums and 16 top 10’s. With such a good strike rate, picking a Racer for April’s Racer of the Month Award was never going to be easy. After the votes were collected though, John Saliamonas came out on top, largely helped by his epic 4th place in the snow infested Whiskey 50 race.John has had a great season so far, winning the season opening Poor College Kids Road Race in January. He also got his Road Cat 3 upgrade following a strong showing in the Boulevard Road Race (also in snowy conditions!).We asked him a few questions to try and get to know him better


Nickname? “Macho Man”, Big John, Conan, Saldog…


Who/what inspired you to start cycling?

Magazine article re: Leadville 100MTB race – I made it my goal/challenge

First bike? Gary Fisher superfly


Childhood hero? GI Joe, Mean Joe Green (Pittsburgh Steelers)


What do you love most about cycling? Freedom, the camaraderie, community, suffering…


Favorite race? Whiskey 50, Leadville 100MTB, Tahoe 100


Favorite ride? Kokopelli trail, Winter Creek, Kaiser Pass


How do you keep going when you are on the limit? I dangle a carrot, whether it be food, a shower… Mind over matter.


Racing career highlight? 2010 Leadville 100 (first attempt), crashed twice (hard) broke finger, lost some blood… still finished in 8 hours – got buckle.


Job away from cycling? Manage a sales org for HP


Other interests? Golf, scuba diving, hiking


Favorite film? Tommy Boy


Favorite music? Peter Gabriel


Favorite food? Mexican & Ice Cream


Most famous person you’ve met? Arnold Schwarzenegger


Best Advice? You’re stronger than you think & be kind


PAA’s Racer of the Month award is voted for by PAA’s racers.