Gage Hecht

Race Highlights

1st Stage 1 Colorado Classic (’18)
14th GC Colorado Classic (’18)
1st US National Championships U23 – ITT (’18)
3rd Stage 3 GP Cycliste de Saguenay (’17)

Though we primarily recognize him as a ‘cross star, Gage Hecht has demonstrated versatility across all skinny tire disciplines, with results in cyclocross, of course, but also road racing and time trials. In addition to racing, Gage founded the Waffle House Tour, a very (very!) serious event that involves 140 miles of Colorado’s Front Range and every Waffle House location in the state.

Gage recently took time out of his waffle-laden schedule to suffer through his most grueling test yet: our off-topic questionnaire. One common theme in Gage’s answers? He’s always looking up, whether it’s meditative pre-race prayer, an inclination to flight (via superpower or plane), or a theologian’s approach to studying religious texts.

In cycling, Gage finds a connection between speed, freedom, and discovery – self and otherwise. He also provides a very frank assessment of why choosing a superpower (flight vs. invisibility) is a decision based on moral character as much as utility, potentially explaining why every respondent to date has chosen flight.

 

What’s your favorite movie and why? 

I love The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I really find the soundtrack to it amazing, and the scenes are set up well. Plus I feel like I can relate to Walter on a lot of different levels.

Who’s your favorite rider ever and why?

I’m a big Wout fan. It’s pretty amazing to see the tenacity he has.

What word do you hate?

I am not sure why, but the increased use of the word “vibe” has gotten on my nerves. I am not completely against using it, but it seems to describe too many things.

It’s always hard to get nutrition right on race day, especially in the heat. At national championships this summer, EFS and Liquid Shot had me feeling like I could still push myself 4 hours in.

 

MY NUTRITION PLAN


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Q&A


What has First Endurance helped you accomplish or overcome?

It’s always hard to get nutrition right on race day, especially in the heat. At national championships this summer, EFS and Liquid Shot had me feeling like I could still push myself 4 hours in.

What’s your favorite First Endurance product (and flavor) and why?

I really enjoy the Berry Liquid Shot.

What’s your favorite race to ride? And/or to watch? (Location and why.)

Our race this spring in Rhodes, Greece was pretty amazing. It had a good mix of a lot of things: climbing the mountains, flat sections along the coast. It was pretty nice to be in Greece in the spring, too.

What race result are you the most proud of and why?  

Finishing top 25 on the hillclimb stage of L’Avenire was pretty amazing. I don’t really consider myself a climber but I felt good that day and really went for it.

What was the first concert you ever went to and who were you with?  

Third Day with a few of my friends I grew up with.

What’s your favorite place in the world (and why)?  

There’s a forest I’ll ride through often in training. It holds a pretty special place in my heart with how quiet and removed it feels.

Do you have any special pre-race rituals? 

I always try to remember to say a prayer before the start. I don’t think that it will give me the result that I am looking for, but I find that it brings me back to remembering the reason that I am racing.

What sport are you the worst at?  

American football can be tough for me. I’d rather use speed to get out frustration than running into someone else.

What’s your favorite book and why?  

I really enjoyed the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. It’s a really interesting analogy to a lot of the issues that surround Christianity.

What’s your favorite movie and why? 

I love The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I really find the soundtrack to it amazing, and the scenes are set up well. Plus I feel like I can relate to Walter on a lot of different levels.

How did you get started in the sport?

My dad got me into it when I was pretty young.

What do you love most about the sport?

I love the feeling of going fast, but I also like the ability that a bike has to take one to new places.

Who’s your favorite rider ever and why?

I’m a big Wout fan. It’s pretty amazing to see the tenacity he has.

What’s been the highlight of your racing career?  

I think my stage win at the Colorado Classic was pretty special because it was my first time feeling like a real player at the UCI level. It was also my last race that I got to do with my Grandpa in the audience. I know he always was really excited to watch me and see me succeed.

If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

I think a bible and my Ukulele would be nice to have.

If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

I think flying would be cool. I don’t think there are a lot of situations I could find myself in where being invisible would make things work out in a way that would be beneficial to me long term.

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won $50 million in the lottery?

I don’t know. I think optimistically I would like to say that I would try to distribute it in ways that would best benefit others with it, but it’s hard to say unless I actually possessed that money.

What word do you hate?

I am not sure why, but the increased use of the word “vibe” has gotten on my nerves. I am not completely against using it, but it seems to describe too many things.

What’s your favorite website?

There’s a few social media sites I spend more time on than I would like to admit; however, the coolest site that I have found recently is Blue Letter Bible. It allows someone to trace the bible back to original translations which results in a better understanding of the text.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Initially a veterinarian, but after having to put down our first animal, I decided it wasn’t for me.

Have you ever been fired? If so, what did you do?

Nope.

Describe your first bike.

The first bike I can remember racing on was a little 24” road bike. It had the Sora thumb shifters on it because my hands were pretty small. I also remember it having yellow accents and thinking that was pretty cool.

Describe the perfect ride in five words.

Following a lot of deer-trails. [Hyphenating “deer-trails” may be cheating here. -Ed.]

In the absence of sponsor requirements, what is the correct sock height and color? 

I am not super picky, but if I were to pick I’d go with the standard 1/3 calf and white.

What do you want to do after your racing career?

I am really hoping to get into aviation and furthermore into being a pilot.