11 Questions: Andreas “Dre” Hestler

Andreas “Dre” Hestler is a lot of things to a lot of people, but to us at Bike, he’s just a damn good riding buddy. Yes, he’s a former Canadian Olympic mountain biker and World Cup racer. And he’s one of the masterminds behind the brilliant BC Bike Race. But more important is the fact that he is hilarious, and any ride with Dre is destined to yield innumerable laughs.

1 – Describe the perfect hamburger.
Sloppy, organic with bacon, tobasco, old cheddar and an egg.

2 – Who are your heroes or role models?
After many years, I’ve concluded that Capt. James T. Kirk and Jean Luc Picard are the winners.

3 – What would you be doing if you never discovered bikes?
Researching polar bears in the Arctic Circle or ramming whaling boats on the high seas, an environmental activist for sure.

4 – Where is the most interesting place on earth?
Fruita Co, as long as Troy Rarick is in town.

5 – Who is your favorite musician or band (right now)?
Red Eye Empire.

6 – What was your first bike?
It was a red single-speed road bike.

7 – If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Accordion, cause then you get a piano and a bagpipe all in one and I can still talk.

8 – Who do you think is the best bike rider of all time?
Tomac, World Champ XC, DH and he kicked ass on the road–Paris Roubaix anyone?

9 – What is on the perfect pizza?
Something flat, not too bready with sun dried tomatoes and chorizo sausage on it.

10 – If you could have coffee and conversation with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
“You cannot simultaneaosly prevent and prepare for war.” This quote by Einstein begs a coffee and a chat. This guy comes up with the theory of relativity, then looks around and gets it – a balanced genius? But if he was unavailable Hunter S. Thompson or Charles Bukowski.

11 – Describe yourself in three words.
Renaissance, Red, Robust.

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