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!