Saturday, January 07, 2006

A&F/ Inferno rider profile; Malachi Reid Peacock

This little fella looks like he's still too young to buy cigarettes, let alone a beer at the local Quickie Mart. However, he's got the guns to get'r done!

Malachi Reid Peacock

Athens, GA 30605
Age: 24 Height: 5’8” Weight: 154 lbs.
Hometown: Decatur, GA
Nickname: “the fat kid”

Years Riding: 4
Category: 1

Accomplishments: 6th 2005 Collegiate National Championship Criterium, D-1
15th 2005 Collegiate Nat. Championship Overall Omnium
29th 2004 Univest Grand Prix, UCI 1.6
2nd 2003 South Eastern Collegiate Cycling Overall Competition

My cycling career began in 2001 when I trained for a century and fundraised over $5,000 for the Leukemia Society. I transferred to the University of Georgia in 2002, and Jered Gruber (teammate- Ed) and I started our cycling careers together—racing as Category C (Cat. 5’s) for UGA. In general, we were out riding our bikes in spandex while the UGA fans were wearing red pants, barking, and hollering “Go Dawgs!” I have been given numerous opportunities throughout my cycling career, traveled around the states, and met a lot of great friends. I am excited about the 2006 season, our Masi and Abercrombie & Fitch sponsorships, and the chance to win with a great team!

Coming back from the Vanderbilt collegiate race last season, our teammate Daryl, Jered, the lovely Jamila, and myself were rolling down 75-S in Daryl’s Tahoe. I decided to get a flavor of the south and take a dip (of smokeless tobacco-Ed) with Daryl, and it did not take too much prodding to pressure Jered into the fun. We were only about 30 minutes from home, but real quickly Jered was on the fast track to turning green and being sick. He was like a fish in dirty water—window cracked gulping for fresh air. We made it home without Jered throwing up, but there are pictures on if you are interested!

I have to admit that reading about these kids and there collegiate racing in the South makes me a little homesick. Go Dawgs! Sorry, that just slipped out. I should be yelling "Roll Tide!"... but I digress. As long as these Dawgs never beat a Bama boy in a sprint during their collegiate careers, things will be just fine. Well, I might find it in me to forgive them anyway.

Side note; my wife and I were both reading over these profiles and looking at the pictures of the younger riders on this team and were marveling at their "sweet faces" (my wife said that). This is a damned cute team, I have to admit. I smell an Abercrombie & Fitch calendar in the making...


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