The 3-minute interview with Jared Barrilleaux 

The 22-year-old Novato native joined the Metromint Cycling team in June and is ranked No. 1 in the Cal Cup Series and No. 2 in the Premier Series. He will join his fellow team members today during the 33rd Annual Metromint Giro di San Francisco, which is expected to draw 800 cyclists and 8,000 spectators to the Jackson Square area.

Be honest, is there anything more uncomfortable than a bike seat? No, that’s pretty much [the worst] when you get on the bike before you start riding. If you’ve been on the bike a few days straight, the first 15 minutes is torture. It takes you a little while to get settled in.

How has the doping controversy hurt your sport? It’s really pushed the limits of individual cyclists’ integrity. It’s "how can they cycle without doping or taking muscle enhancements?"It’s kind of disheartening hearing all of the allegations and the instances that professionals have admitted to it. It’s kind of a letdown.

Will cycling recover from it? Absolutely. It’s becoming — ever since Lance [Armstrong] laid down the foundation for American cycling, he made it a big deal — it’s been skyrocketing since then. I don’t think a few drug issues can tackle its uprising in importance, just as it is in Europe.

Where’s the toughest place you have ridden a bike? The toughest race I’ve ridden would probably be the Tour of Nevada City. It’s very prestigious and well known. … It was just a huge deal of climbing each lap and riding around and around. The toughest ride I’ve done as far as recreation goes is probably riding from my cabin at Soda Springs around Lake Tahoe and back.

dsmith@examiner.com


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