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Hello, I’m Kevin Pearl, a.k.a. The Masher……… I’m the guy on the right (in case you don’t know me).
I am proud to be a husband, father, son, brother, friend, plumber, avid road cyclist, Roman Catholic, US Marine, and Louisville Cardinals sports fan!

I began cycling in 2006, as a way to spend time with my father, and challenged myself to ride GABRAKY, a fall bicycle ride across Kentucky, and a ride my father had done one year prior. I fell in love with cycling that summer and have gone from borrowing my dad’s Trek hybrid bike to a Giant aluminum bike with flat handlebars, to a carbon Trek Pilot 5.0, and now I ride “Roadie,” my 2011 Jamis Zenith Pro carbon-fiber road bike. I rode faithfully from the moment I began in the spring of ’06 until work overloaded me in late ’08, when I became too consumed and missed most of the season in ’09. Thankfully, with the motivation from new cyclist and close friend Tim, I saddled back up in ’10 and have ventured many miles on a bicycle since. Cycling with Tim (the Renaissance Man) has been an improvement to my life for sure, and I have met many other cyclists thanks to him being a “social butterfly.” I’m thankful for every mile I’ve ridden!

I completed the Ky Century Cycling Challenge in 2013 & 2014, and I’m proud to be a member of the Bluegrass Cycling Club. I use Strava as my electronic cycling journal and I’m always stoked to win a KOM on any segment! I would love for the GABRAKY ride to return one day … it’s still one of my all time favorite events.

I cycle for many reasons. I have found answers to many of my life’s questions on the backroads aboard my bicycle. Cycling has helped me get fit, both mentally and physically. I have developed a true passion for climbing cycling and I always look forward to my next big summit! But I also look forward to any ride with any friend or family member. I was given the nickname Masher first by Troy Hearn, former owner of Capital City Cycles,  in reference to my style of pedaling on some of the hills.  Most of my cycling friends have learned my nickname, and agree it fits. Simply put, I’m passionate about pedaling (mashing).

WELCOME TO RAM

As passionate as I am about bicycling, I am very aware that we seem to be somewhat “behind the times” in my area. I am happy to report that since we started RAM Cycling, our hometown has reduced our downtown traffic lanes from four car lanes to 2 car lanes and 2 bicycle lanes on Broadway Street. Also, there have been numerous bike racks and stands donated and placed around Georgetown. Slowly, but surely we are moving forward in the “improved cycling awareness” category. RAM Cycling will continue to fight and do our part for this cause. If I had to pick only one topic of cycling awareness to improve it would be: PLEASE ONLY PASS CYCLISTS WHEN IT IS CLEARLY SAFE TO DO SO, AND ONLY DO SO IN A SAFE MANNER!! So often, it only adds a few seconds to your trip to make sure it’s safe to pass a cyclist on the road, and that cyclist is probably a brother, sister, mother, father, daughter, son, acquaintance, or friend to you or someone you know. Value Life! Cycling is my passion, and I love to share it with others. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns relating to cycling!

11 Comments

  1. Gordon Glass says:

    Kevin

    We have probably met on the Tuesday night rides in Georgetown at some point. I would like to catch some of your rides, once I get back in shape.

    Gordon Glass

    • kpearl says:

      Thanks for reading Gordon, I’m pretty sure we did ride together at BCC Gtown. I’ve only been to 1 winter weekend ride so far. Look forward to riding with you again soon.

  2. Rodney Wolfe says:

    The assault is a great ride this will be my third. Riding also changed my life and as the doctor said probably saved my life as I found a heart condition while training for the Assault in 2011. Great article and look forward toseeing you on the 20th.

    • kpearl says:

      Thanks for checking out RAM Cycling, Rodney! I’m looking forward to The Assault, feel free to share any tips that have helped you on your first two trips. Thanks, Masher

  3. Jack Daniel says:

    Kevin, Great meeting you on the ride! Great write up about your experience. I am glad you had a great time at the Assault! I know about the smile you had all the way down the mountain! Our bus was the same way.
    As for knocking some sense into you about wanting to ride in 2014, I fully expect to see you there! This was my first Assault. My wife has done the Assault 4 of the last 5 years!

    Great Blog!

    • Masher says:

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Jack, my goal was to finish my first attempt. Next try, I hope to go up the mountain with you, Aaron, and the rest of your group. And hopefully, I can con a few of my friends to come along, I know they will love (& hate) me for it!

  4. Dixie Moore says:

    keep going. maybe we can get the legacy trail to Georgetown.

  5. Victor Smith says:

    Just out of curiosity… What are the small towns in KY that you grew up in, and was your father by any chance in publishing?

  6. Clinton Slayton says:

    Masher, good luck on the meniscus thing, you are right in taking care of this at your age, and not waiting.
    Best of luck to RAM and appreciate you guys shooting me the KUDOS on Strava. My total mileage is less then Kevin’s so his “taking the year off” would have been a good year’s mileage for me! Stay safe (and warm) out there!

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