Paceline Tandem: Judi LoPresti

Paceline Tandem: Judi LoPresti

“Spun” was an antidote to the driest of eyes. It was the story of Judi (nee Rothenberg) and Dominic LoPresti, two ex-junkies who had cleaned up, relapsed, cleaned up again and against the longest of odds, met, fell in love, and in the least likely of all turns, stayed clean, married and opened a bike shop. Steve Friedman’s feature about the two was as raw as their past and ran in Bicycling Magazine in 2015.

Cycling became a central feature of Judi and Dominic’s relationship, so much so that they married at Interbike in 2013. When Selene learned of the demise of Interbike she decided to get in touch with Judi to get her impressions on the event’s demise and take a little deeper dive on her story. Actually, its a very deep dive. She shares some very interesting insights on the relationship between endurance sports and addiction.


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  1. Jay Fromkin

    I have Facebook friends in Boulder, Colorado, who belong to Phoenix, a cycling-based group for recovering alcoholics and addicts. It appears to be a remarkably inspiring program.

    1. Author

      I know, right?! I’m soooooo lucky to get to work with her each week. If you all had any idea how great the Skype calls are when we record—oh, wait, you hear the podcast—but seriously, there’s a lot in the calls that doesn’t make it to the podcast and she is just so awesome. Thanks for the vote of confidence you all.

  2. Dan Murphy

    OK, I am an absolute sucker for stories about people who a) change their lives for the better, and b) do it thru cycling.

    When I subscribed to “Bicycling” mag, they had stories like this, and you had to be really proud of those people for radically changing their lives thru cycling. I read stories about obscenely fat people, mentally handicapped people, substance abusers, PTSD sufferers – the list goes on. They had lots going against them, yet somehow, they managed to fight thru it and riding played an important part in it.

    In my own very little way, cycling is definitely a form of therapy. Just getting out on the bike helps me keep life in balance, it keeps things in perspective, and I simply feel better once I’ve been out. It’s my happy place.

    I wish these guys continued success in their battles.

    1. Selene

      I’m right there with you my friend!
      I told my husband just yesterday, one good long ride a week makes me all okay.

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