Name: Matt Albanese
Racing Age: 49
Family: Wife – Jennifer; Daughter – Olivia
Profession: Pilot – Southwest Airlines
Hometown: Long Island N.Y.
Residence: Lived in Annapolis since 1998
Why and how did you start cycling?
I started cycling to do Triathlon but liked cycling the most.
Why is cycling so much fun to you?
Cycling is fun to me because it’s freedom, it challenges me, and I like the way the world looks from a bike.
What is the most memorable moment you had in your career?
Most memorable moment in my racing career is winning Giro Di Coppi 2 years ago. It was truly exhilarating.
What do you do when not competing?
When not competing, I spend as much time with friends and family as I can.
How would you describe your style of cycling?
As a cyclist I am a typical all round cyclist. I love to climb but I’m not the fastest climber. I love to sprint. I am known to take long pulls for teammates.
Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I secretly want to be Jeff Chun. [ed note: Don’t we all!]
I have a few. Thomas Voeckler, Jens Voight, Thomas Jefferson.
What gets you motivated?
Reading training files from the team is very motivating for me. Seeing what is possible with hard work and discipline is incredible.
What’s your “go-to” nutritional product?
Nutritional products I use are Cliff products. The Builder bars are great for post ride, and the Blocks and Gels work well on the bike.
Tell us about your favorite training workout:
I’ve been using 5 minute interval workouts during my build phase lately. Other than that I love the challenge of hills.
What’s your favorite race?
My favorite race is the Tour of Washington county RR.
2015 Cycling Goals: My Goals for 2015 are to upgrade to Cat 2, support the team in whatever capacity I can. Id like to podium a few races that I’m targeting.