Ian Mullins thinks he was the only kid in school who knew all the pro road riders in the 1980s.
"My Dad took up cycling after being a runner and had me watching the Tour on TV and going on recreational bike tours with him," he recalled.
Today, Mullins--also known as Big Dirty--rides for Team NW ShoAir/Raleigh presented by S.E.T. Coaching. But the professional mountain biker hasn't forgotten his roots.
"I bought a Giant AT740 with my paper route money and took it to the park behind my house for trail riding," he said when asked about his first memories of biking.
In this Q&A, Mullins talks about growing up in the golden age of cross country racing, beating his hero Tinker Juarez, and how having a "rad wife" helps him cope with the stress of racing.
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