Omer Kem in the O: Hometown Hero!

Three things are certain about Omer Kem: he’s intense, he’s driven, and he makes a good sushi date. (Except when he passes on the sake in the name of his pro-bike-racer “I only eat sticks and twigs” physique).  To his credit, the sake-shunning is doing its job and the kid is light. And fast.

He’s also funnier than you expect him to be with a dry sense of humor that comes out when you’re not looking for it.

I was stoked to be able to finally have some time to sit down with him and dish on what the hell was going through his mind when he decided to become an underpaid, underfed, and over-worked professional domestique.

Omer crashed in the Tour of Californai, breaking his pelvis in the process.  I was devastated to hear the report that he’d gone down and relieved to learn that his injuries weren’t major.  If my calculations are correct, Omer is back on the bike right now and working his ass off to be ready to race in New York in just a few weeks (Tour of the Battenkill).

In the meantime, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the column in the Oregonian – a nod to one of our hometown cycling heroes – and to all the domestiques out there ripping legs for the sake of something greater than personal glory.

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