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Rouvy Legends - Tom Maigatter, Marathon Runner Turned Cyclist

"ROUVY is the essential training platform for cyclists living in extreme weather areas! I live in Northeast Wisconsin, and while most people have four seasons in a year (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter), I only have two seasons: Winter and Road Construction. :-)"

It is time for a new year, new training goals, new challenges and a new update of the "Rouvy Spotlight". This one is kinda oldschool and long-read (which is still very enjoyable despite its length). Rephrasing Blaise Pascal (who invented omnibus - first public transport in Paris), we have made this longer than usual because we have not had time to make it shorter. Tom Maigatter, more visible as "tommaigatter111," is a type of solid-as-a-rock men, that have built the US country and its history. Let´s surf through the course of his life to turn a cyclist and become a Rouvy legend.

 

Greetings, Thomas! So, what is your home country and the town where you spent your childhood?

I was born and raised in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, USA, a small city on the western shores of Lake Michigan about 25 miles east of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and about 100 miles north of Milwaukee.

 

Please describe your story of getting acquainted with cycling and your first bike.

My first bike was an ordinary fixed gear cruiser that all the kids had.  I rode the bike to little league baseball and bombing around with the neighborhood kids.  My only claim to fame was riding up the Kewaunee River Valley back home and not having to get off the bike halfway up the hill.  None of my friends believed me, so I went back down the hill with them and stationed one at the top, one in the middle, where we normally had to walk, and the final one rode with me at the bottom.  I made the trip again without stopping and they finally believed me.  It was a lot of huffing and puffing grinding up the hill, but I made it.

It was not until I was 20-21 before I got my first road bike, a now vintage Jeunet (French) 10-speed race bike.