2009 What a Year!

2009 What a Year!

I would like to start off by saying thank you to all customers and friends for a great year!
My guys in the shop, friends and customers make up Precision Bikes.
I am blessed to be surrounded by good people, both customers and friends.
Thanks to all the triathletes and road racers who have visited my shop.
The year was both, challenging and fun.

The shop has seen quite some changes.
Tim Sharlow is no longer with us, he has made a move to C.A. Guitars. Best wishes to him and his family.
A couple of new faces are in the shop now.
A new guy in the front is Andrew Roehm, who comes from a swimming back ground and now incorporates a road bike in his exercise regime.
Clay Guillory works with us on a part time base and has good mechanic skills.
Jacob Whitmore is also working the floor as front guy and mechanic.
He has a triathlon back ground.
Finally we have a woman in the shop!
Jennifer Lastraps, a great girl to be around, competes on the UL Triathlon team and is now working the front on a part-time base.
My two main guys are Nick Smith and Josh Latiolais.
Both are skilled mechanics and can tackle any job. Nick has been with me well over a year and Josh has been around for 4 years, both are good guys who I can count on.

I would like to thank a couple of special guys who without I do not know what I would have done this past year.
After my bicycle accident in July while racing with the Precision Bikes race team I was unable to make it to the shop for two weeks.
John Cobb drove down from Tyler, TX and had the shop running like a well oiled machine.
Any time you can be around this guy you’ll learn something.
The other guy is a long time friend also, Ruud Vuijsters.
Ruud is a Physical Therapist by trade, but he runs my web site like no other.
He keeps me in check, makes Precision Bikes click and also keeps my body fine tuned.
Oh yea did I mention that he likes bikes too. You might want to check out his bike room.
Very orange and very impressive.

Our Tuesday night TT’s went well this past summer. Great attendance, with some fast ridden times from several riders.
Paolo Bettini (Eric Bernard) was seen in the shop several times this year, continuing his ongoing quest as King of the Parking Lot.
Will Jones from 4th Dimension Fitness conducted numerous lactate tests in the shop.
Lots to learn about training and physiology from this guy…. he is teaching me, that’s for sure. Chris (Macca) McCormick made it to the shop and we had a great ride with him before the 70.3 in New Orleans. Jeremy Johnson made it to the Ironman World Championship this year in Hawaii! Great guy, he definitely deserved it.

Sorry to ramble on, but the year was good and eventful!
Thanks to all who have helped with the continuation of Precision Bikes.
Last but not least, I am so grateful for my wife Michelle , Emma Rose and Molly and my now married daughter Casey Vaughn! All these girls put up with my dedication to training and racing.
Michelle had her hands full while I was recovering from my injuries this summer,
tending to me and the kids, while managing her job as pharmacist.
We look forward to another great year.
God Bless, Mark


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