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Welcome. To my great existential crisis. Who am I? A question that very rarely rolls off the tongue, for any of us. In January of 2016 I walked away from the professional sport of cycling. I didn’t retire, I quit. But for all the right reasons, for the pursuit of love and happiness. Join me as I leave behind a career of blood, sweat, and gears and welcome in a future of embrace.

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VeloNews: Finding Lucas Euser

written by Caley Fretz

The champagne pops of New Years Eve separated a decade of dedicated athleticism from the decades Lucas Euser hasn’t quite figured out yet...

To read the whole article, click here.

I never knew I was going to be a professional cyclist. It was never a dream or something I told my friends. Until, one day, it happened. I wasn’t chasing victories or glory or fame, I was chasing a feeling.

I want to take you into why I pursued professional cycling for the past decade.  

Close your eyes and think back to that time you first learned how to ride a bike. Your balance a little off, but wobbling up to speed you begin to gain control. You can steer, pedal and point the bike wherever you want to go. All of a sudden before you even realize it, you can’t see your house anymore, the exact place that represented the center of your life. All of a sudden, you are the center of you.

If you’re anything like me, that feeling you get, that amalgamation of joy, anxiety, fear and excitement all smashed together is one of the biggest rushes a human being can ever have.

We begin to chase it. I began to chase it. Not figuratively, yet quite literally, on my bike. I chased this feeling around the globe. First I rode out of my neighborhood, then my city, county, state, country, continent and eventually spent a decade doing laps around the world.  

But that thrill of going further and further away began to dull. I started to realize whatever I was chasing and whatever it was I was running away from there was absolutely no way to escape it.

So I stopped racing my bike, I quit. I quit to pursue instead of chase. I quit to engage instead of run away. I quit to find out who I am, not who others want me to be.

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A close friend of mine once told me, “the only thing we have to do in life is die, everything else is a choice.” Staying in cycling and chasing that feeling of hope was a conscious decision. As hard and masochistic as this sport can be the highs are unlike any other experience I have had, yet so are the lows.
It was ultimately the tumultuous path of a pro cyclist that left me craving a sense of what was beyond the handlebars.

I am involved in several charity organizations.  Find out more about how I am involved below.

CHARITY

King Ridge Foundation & Levi's GranFondo

My relationship with Levi's Gran Fondo started in 2009, the inaugural year of the event. Taken out of racing in May that year after getting hit by a car, I needed something to focus on. I called up Levi and asked if he would include me and he didn't bat an eye.

I grew up in Northern California, over the hill from the start of the Fondo, in the Napa Valley. The roads around NorCal are magic. There's an energy in them you don't get anywhere else in the world. I did the Fondo that year, but it was more than an organized ride. It was a welcoming of people from all over the world to experience the magic of the roads. With the help of local volunteers and local beneficiaries it showed how a community can gather when it has a great cause.

In some capacity I stayed involved with the Fondo for the rest of my pro cycling career. It was always great way to round out the year and decompress from the stress and rigors of the road. There were always old friends and new welcoming us back home. But now, as I take the next steps in my life, away from pro cycling, I realize I can't let go of the parts of the bike that were truly genuine and served me well.

It brings me joy to announce I will be working with BikeMonkey and the King's Ridge Foundation this year to raise awareness to the event and the Foundation it benefits to work with national level at risk youth organizations. I will never forget my first visit to Forget Me Not Farm in 2009 and the positive impact it has on orphan and foster children. The farm teaches children how to care for and nurture animals and gardens and in turn helps teach the children compassion and gives them the skills needed to take on the future.

I'm part of the KRF team because if we can spread that same feeling across the country and give kids hope, teach them compassion and humility, and guide them in the pursuit of love and happiness, this world will be a better place.I look forward to connecting with you along the way as I detail my adventures with the KRF in my blog on www.lucaseuser.com. Reach out and share your stories of why you support the Kings Ridge Foundation. When Levi gave me that opportunity to experience the Fondo and made me a part of the community it was something that has and will stay with me forever. Now, let's get out there and spread that same sense of joy all over the country.

National Interscholastic Cycling Association

In 2001 a rag tag group of kids got together from various high schools and we raced each other on our mountain bikes. Something we had all done in various races with a few of each other at a time, but never all at once. There we were, a scene that easily could resemble the "Sandlot" of cycling, writing history. We were the first group of high schoolers to form the NorCal High School League. Since then NICA has formed as the National branch of high school leagues across the country.

Over 10,000 kids on bikes in almost 20 states, NICA's goal is to be coast to coast by 2020. I was there in 2001 as one of those kids and I'm here to day to help put more kids on bikes in this country. Every kid deserves the freedom and sense of empowerment that comes from two wheels.

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LAURA WILLIAM

General Manager

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