Hello everyone , My name is Jose Vela and i was born in NY to 2 great parents . lived there for 21 years till i burnt out and need a vacation lifestyle thats when i decided to move down to in 93 miami and absorb a different quality of sun,woman and water that NY seemed to lack . in 99 i met my wife Ileana and we married in 2001 and had a son Justin in 2003 . i have a younger brother Miguel who is like my best friend (weird for brothers) and we are into cars (speed) where we have ocassionally raced at a few famous tracks in florida. then after realizing the time and money spent on cars , modifying them and everything else i decided to enter the fire dept in 2004 where in order to pass the physical ability test i was in need of some serious Cardio workouts . i purchased my first road bike in dec 31 2005 (specialized allez 96) and started riding to work and back 20 miles round trip a day . then i wanted more milage so i started riding about 40-50 on sundays with a big group from a local bike club . thats pretty much when i got hooked, just like when i got hooked with cars and speed. i was surrounded by carbon fiber bike that looked and felt awsome and i was riding a dinosaur . since i was training for the fire dept i had built allot of speed and endurance and was the fastest in sprints and climing the bridge standing up. but i got obsessed with carbon fiber and weight reduction that in 8 months i went from a Specialized 96 allez (27 lbs ) to a Specialized Sworks E5 full dura ace (17lbs flat) . thats how bad i got bit by the cycling bug and maybe a touch of midlife crisis.LOL i now own 4 bikes 3 road and 1 mountain bike . nice to meet you all and its really nice to have a hobby that i love and gives me great health out of it too!!!!!
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