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After a broken leg sidelined his competitive softball playing, Mark Miller’s exercise routine took a different direction. During rehab, the athlete turned to swimming to ease the pressure on his joints. Next, he added cycling and running to his regimen, becoming a world-class triathlete. Eventually, that led to Miller opening his own custom bike shop, Precision Bikes, which recently moved to a bigger space at 114 Rena Drive.

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Mark Miller

Miller’s transition from workout warrior to self-made businessman took several years of intensive training, competing and networking.
Twenty-two years ago, the then 34-year-old competed in his first long-distance race with a group of about 20 local triathletes. Gradually, Miller pulled ahead of the pack, putting 50 half-Ironmans, 27 full-Ironmans and 15 marathons under his belt, including Ironman Roth in Germany and Escape from Alcatraz. In 2010, he reached the pinnacle of the triathlete class, competing in both the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and the Isklar Norsemen Xtreme Triathlon in Norway.
“The Norsemen was the hardest one for me,” Miller says. “I ended up having to spend 9.5 hours on the bike that day before I started running the 26 miles. It took me right at 15 hours to finish.”
Along the way, Miller befriended John Cobb, owner of Cobb Cycling in Tyler, Texas, who had worked with some of the world’s greatest cyclists including Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond. “John Cobb taught me the most about cycling and the wind tunnel,” Miller says. “I owe a lot to him for taking me under his wing.”
For a while, Miller trekked to Cobb’s Shreveport cycling shop every weekend to work. “I just wanted to learn the cycling business, and I chased it for a long time,” Miller explains. After a few years, Cobb offered Miller a full-time job running his main warehouse. A year later, Miller decided to return home to open his own store.
With the help of close buddies Frank Camalo and Dr. George Sobiesk, Miller launched Precision Bikes in a small space at 3214 Johnston St. in April 2004. Another long-time friend and co-cyclist, Ruud Vuijsters, designed Miller’s website. Miller quickly became known for his custom-made bikes and personalized fittings. “I feel that I’m more of a destination place now,” Miller says. “Most of what I sell is for the racer, whether it is for the road or a triathlon.”
As demand grew for his customized services, Miller decided to expand to a larger location.
Last year, Miller opened at his new spot on114 Rena Drive. His longtime employee, Amanda Shone, came with him, along with two part-time repairmen. The 3,500-foot space has two repair stations up front and one in the rear; a showroom with racing and cruising bikes, athletic wear, shoes and accessories and a private room for bike fittings. Bike brands include QR, Cervelo, Felt, Colnago, Pinarello, BMC, Specialized and Linus. Clothing lines include Louis Garneau, Zoot, Coeur, Soas and 2XU. For shoes, Precision Bikes carries Sidi, Louis Garneau, Mavic, Specialized and Shimano.
Precision Bikes is Fit Institute Slowtwitch (F.I.S.T.), John Cobb and Retül certified, allowing Miller to custom-fit triathletes with cycles that move along with racers’ bodies. “I guess the thing that I offer that nobody else does is the fitting experience by positioning people on bikes,” Miller says. “Cycling is my passion now. I love going to work.”
Miller’s reputation in the cycling world grew quickly, attracting customers from throughout Louisiana as well as Texas and Mississippi.
Many professional triathletes have dropped by Precision Bikes, including Chris McDonald, Linsey Corbin, Anna Cleaver and world champions Chris McCormack and Miranda Carfrae. Pros have also taught Miller’s cycling camps in Lafayette and Mississippi.
Now that Miller is living his passion, his next goal is to complete the toughest challenge of them all — the USA Ultra Triathlon. Held in Tampa, Fla., this grueling double ironman consists of a 4.8-mile freshwater swim, 224-mile bike course and 52.4-mile run course. Athletes have 36 hours to complete the race.
At 55, Miller shows no signs of slowing down. “I am the last one of the 20 racers that started with me 22 years ago,” he says in his laid-back, unassuming manner. “I’m now training with guys in their 20s.”
Precision Bikes is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed Wednesday and Sunday. All fittings by appointment only. For more information, call (337) 981-7686, e-mail markmiller@precisionbikes.com or visit the website at precisionbikes.com.

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Congrats to Chris (Big Sexy) McDonald on winning Ironman Louisville today.  This win makes Chris a 5 Time Ironman Champion. Chris recorded a 48 plus minute swim, averaged right at 25 mph for 112 miles, and ran a sub 3 hour marathon. One hell of a day, enjoy the night and celebration of your victory. Also Lafayette age grouper Adam Fitzhenry had a great day with a 10:09.
Congrats Chris!!!

We have one of our favorite pros racing this weekend in Kentucky, IM Louisville. 
Best wishes to Chris McDonald and also local athlete, AJ Fitzherdry, also Jon Bougeois, going after his second Ironman this year since completing IM Texas. 
Guys and all racers have a great day. Chris was just trying on some finishers gear, what do you think Rezvani???


Frank and Peggy have that entertaining thing down, Chris had a great time and thought the food was out of this world,one of Frank’s family secret recipes and he will not give it up. Thanks for having us over.


Frank and Peggy have that entertaining thing down, Chris had a great time and thought the food was out of this world,one of Frank’s family secret recipes and he will not give it up. Thanks for having us over.


Chris will be present at Precision Bikes, today from 1:00PM till 3:00PM.
Please stop by and meet this super nice and stellar athlete.
There is much to learn from Chris’ great career and his life story.
You’ll have yet to meet such a humble and nice person!!

Chris will be present at Precision Bikes, today from 1:00PM till 3:00PM.
Please stop by and meet this super nice and stellar athlete.
There is much to learn from Chris’ great career and his life story.
You’ll have yet to meet such a humble and nice person!!


Born May 14, 1978 in Albury NSW, Chris is the youngest of 4 siblings – 2 of whom compete in Ironman as well (Daniel and David.) Chris lived in Australia until 1999 before moving to New Zealand to start a small construction business. Chris started competing in triathlon in November of 2001 and began his professional racing career in April 2004. Chris now splits his year between Boulder Colorado and Albury, NSW and Tucson Arizona.

Since 2004 Chris has raced in 36 Ironmans as a professional with 4 wins 15 podiums and 28 top 10 finishs

Athletic Background

  • Field hockey at a provincial level in Australia and New Zealand
  • First triathlon — November 2001
  • First Ironman — December 2002 ( Ironman Australia 10:07)
  • First professional race — April 2004

Hobbies
Training, bike racing, watching TV, reading about triathlon on the Internet, sleeping, and having a beer with my buddies.

To learn more about “Big Sexy”, please click here to go to his site.


Born May 14, 1978 in Albury NSW, Chris is the youngest of 4 siblings – 2 of whom compete in Ironman as well (Daniel and David.) Chris lived in Australia until 1999 before moving to New Zealand to start a small construction business. Chris started competing in triathlon in November of 2001 and began his professional racing career in April 2004. Chris now splits his year between Boulder Colorado and Albury, NSW and Tucson Arizona.

Since 2004 Chris has raced in 36 Ironmans as a professional with 4 wins 15 podiums and 28 top 10 finishs

Athletic Background

  • Field hockey at a provincial level in Australia and New Zealand
  • First triathlon — November 2001
  • First Ironman — December 2002 ( Ironman Australia 10:07)
  • First professional race — April 2004

Hobbies
Training, bike racing, watching TV, reading about triathlon on the Internet, sleeping, and having a beer with my buddies.

To learn more about “Big Sexy”, please click here to go to his site.


Chris McDonald will be in Lafayette the week before New Orleans 70.3, April 17 thru the 2oth. Chris better know as Big Sexy which he goes by on Twitter has won 4 Ironman’s and has set bike course records.
He hails from Australia, we will be glad to welcome him here to Lafayette.
In order to check out his site please click here.
Pictured here doing some wind tunnel testing on his Wilier Twin Foil bike.