Lee grew up in Southern Idaho and spent most of his youth on a bike. After a brief hiatus, he was reintroduced to cycling as a college student and has since logged thousands of miles, riding in centuries, charity rides, sanctioned races and triathlons. He was even one of the first Idahoans to compete in LOTOJA. Lee considers the highlight of his riding career to be in August 1995, when he established the record for crossing the state of Idaho on bicycle by riding 398.1 miles in 26 hours, 5 minutes, with an average speed of 15.26 mph (watch the YouTube video of the ride here!). Outside of work and cycling, Lee enjoys recreational shooting and spending time with his family.
I enlisted in the Navy at age 18 and ended my 21-year military career as a Special Operations Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Operator for the Navy. Throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, I provided counter-IED (Improvised Explosive Device) support to hundreds of combat missions in support of Naval Special Warfare and the Army. I managed to retire as an E-8, Senior Chief Petty Officer with honors. Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, chronic Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), multiple fractures in my lower back and neck, and partial damage in one lung, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs rated me at 100% Permanent and Total Disability. But thanks to my wonderful wife, life has been looking up. I was told I would not be able to do really anything that I am doing now! Through hard work, determination and the special help from the people I work with I am able to be active and have trained for a century ride!