“Why do I put myself through all this pain?” for Justin Rossi, the amateur time trialist who lost first place by a mere nine seconds at the 2014 National Time Trial Championships, it would be a fair question to ask. But he doesn’t.
Rossi doesn’t have time to dwell on pain or the past. Nor does he have time for excuses. What he does have time for is training, seriously hard training. The kind of training average hobbyist cyclists praise, but often don’t pursue themselves. A full-time job, family responsibilities and obligatory celebrations are common reasons to blame for many who train in their free time. That’s where Rossi is different.
For the 35-year-old full-time firefighter and member of the Herbalife p/b Marc Pro—Nature’s Bakery elite cycling team, every aspect of his life, from what he puts in his mouth to the extracurricular activities he chooses, is thought about in terms of potential gains. Each potential gain represents a sacrifice. That’s the story we wanted to tell. The day-to-day sacrifices, big and small, that give Justin Rossi his edge.
After a little more than a year of filming parts of Rossi’s inspiring cycling career, we’re excited to share The Chase, a story about his attempt at winning his most important race in 2015.