Ambassador Interview with Panache Cyclewear

My friends over at Panache Cycle-wear recently did an interview with me.  We had some fun with it and you can find it reprinted below:

Who is Nick Traggis? And why should you care?

by Becca Schepps – Panache Cyclewear


If you ever wondered how to bond two pieces of optical glass together without glue or some type of epoxy, then you know Nick Traggis. He’s the man behind Optical Contact Bonding, a process where two closely conformal surfaces are joined together purely by intermolecular forces. What? Exactly. Nanotechnologist Nick Traggis is a super scientist mega-mastermind. He’s also the man behind 2014’s best amateur team in the country, Horizon Organic/Einstein Brothers and the owner of the management company GS CIAO (he’s currently accepting sponsorship applications). Nick is super fast and loves to half wheel on Panache’s Thursday Throwdown. We love Nick. We love  that he pushes the pace in everything he does (including decking out rally cars). So get to know Nick. Hit him up for a ride, but beware, you will be half wheeled.

If you ruled the UCI, what would be your first call of duty? Create a proper team franchise system that allows for long term sponsor ROI as well as stabilize the upper level of the sport.  Shorten most races, allow less riders per team in a race (both which create more dynamic racing and reduce costs), remove rules that discourage technology development from manufacturers, live cameras on bikes in every World Tour race.  But maybe I would just start with something simple like permanent numbers….

If you could make anyone president of the UCI who would it be? Me.

Nick at school group

Here is Nick showing how he’d be good for the future of the sport.


If you didn’t ride bikes, what would you do to fill that time instead? Building super cool cars (and driving them).

If you started a rock and roll band, what would the name be? Atomic Lobster

If you had coined a phrase of wisdom, what would it be? Speak with your legs, not your mouth.

If you could sing one song absolutely flawlessly, what song would it be? Thinking About You” (Radiohead; Pablo Honey)

Nick at Valmont Sandpit

You may think this is Nick’s Tongue Out Pain Face, we think he’s singing along to Radiohead.


If you could give your 10-year old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Buy stock in Apple.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? My super badass wife’s (Faith Clauson) championship winning chocolate chip cookies.

If you could never ride a bicycle again and rather had to choose between riding only a recumbent or only a unicycle, which would you pick? Well a recumbent is still a bicycle – just a stupid one, so I would have to pick unicycle.

If you could be any fictional or historical character, who would you be? Every bike racer I looked up to turned out to be both…

What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever googled? “hand drawn bear bicycle pictures”.

If you were to star in a reality TV Show, what would it be called? The Big Kona.  (I was sponsored by Kona bicycles in college and always walked around with a big Kona logo on my shirt….the name stuck for anyone who knew me then.)

Can you draw a bear riding a bicycle? Show me. Yes. Done.

Nick's Badass Panache Bear on a bike

Nick tried to cheat (the first image he sent was clearly nicked off the internet (no pun intended). But we can confirm that Nick did indeed draw this.


If you could do one sick trick on a bike, what would it be? Anything that involves a Go Pro, Redbull, and massive air.

How do you feel about crisp tan lines? Look awesome everywhere but at weddings and the waterpark.

What’s one thing you never ride without? Panache Cyclewear bib shorts!

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve put in your bottles and ridden with? I once finished a trainer session before a party fueled by nothing but Franzia boxed wine.  Does that count?



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