Faces of Fauquier: Bikes dominate his work and play
“I would ride eight days a week if I could,” Bike Stop employee Brian Larson says.
It would be nice if they had more cycling friendly access throughout the county and more cycling trails that connected. Then it would open up more people to cycling who don’t want to ride on the road.
He lives, works, and breathes cycling.
Brian Larson, an avid bicyclist and employee of the Bike Stop in Warrenton, rides about 100 miles per week.
“I would ride eight days a week if I could,” Mr. Larson says.
Racing BMX bikes as a child influenced his interest in road cycling and mountain biking. He owns two mountain bikes, a road bike and a cyclocross bike, similar to a road bike, but equipped with slightly larger tires for use on gravel, dirt and grass.
Mr. Larson enjoys the challenge of riding over a variety of rough terrain around Fauquier County, from asphalt and gravel roads to muddy trails.
“The cycling out here is second to none,” he says.
Fiery Run Road near Markham ranks among his favorites.
“It would be nice if they had more cycling friendly access throughout the county and more cycling trails that connected. Then it would open up more people to cycling who don’t want to ride on the road.”
Group rides leave from the Bike Stop at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Employee at the Bike Stop for three years. Assists customers ranging from recreational riders to avid cyclists with picking out bicycles and supplies at the store. Represents the Bike Stop on Wednesday night rides around Fauquier County.
• Why do you do the job?
Try to do what you love and money will follow. It’s is a lifestyle decision. It’s rewarding to sell a bike to different types of people — a professional cyclist to a kid riding with training wheels.
Wife, Trenna, who works at Fauquier Hospital; two daughters, Anna and Rachel.
Bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture from West Virginia University, 1993. I went to high school in Pittsburgh.
• Civic involvement
Town of Warrenton Board of Zoning Appeals member.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1994 — twenty years.
• Why do you live here?
I never thought I would move to Northern Virginia. We had kids and we moved here. We were extremely pleased with the public school system for our kids.
• How do you describe this county?
It’s a great place to raise a family. The cycling out here is second to none. From Skyline Drive to the proximity of George Washington National Forest, if you want more Rocky Mountain cycling style. People come from all over to cycle here. One riding camp comes from California to ride for the scenery, the roads and the value we have from flat to hills to mountains.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
It would be nice if they had more cycling-friendly access throughout the county and more cycling trails that connected. Then, it would open up more people to cycling who don’t want to ride on the road.
• What do you do for fun?
I ride my bike on dirt, hills and gravel. I would ride eight days a week if I could. I participate in bicycle races including the Total 200 out of Washington, D.C.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Any gravel road in Fauquier County. Fiery Run Road out near Markham is my favorite road to ride on.
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
• Favorite TV show?
• Favorite movie?
“American Flyers” with Kevin Costner.
• Favorite book?
The Park Tool “Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair”
• Favorite vacation spot?
Lake Gaston on the boarder of North Carolina and Virginia.
• Favorite food?
Any food that’s free.
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
I don’t know anything really specific, but I have learned plenty of life lessons through the years that have influenced me.
• Who’s your hero and why?
Greg LeMond, because he’s the only American who has ever won the Tour de France (fairly).
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Open up a destination cycling resort. I would take over the world, one defunct golf course at a time and turn them into cycling resorts.
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