BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Cyclist Greg Cordasco, a resident of Basking Ridge and owner of Liberty Cycle bicycle shop, recently won a gold medal and a National Cycling Title at the Master's National Track Cycling Championship at the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, S.C.,
Cordasco won the gold medal in the the 2-kilometer individual pursuit on June 29. The event is a race against the clock, and Cordasco said he bested his closest competition in his age group (55-59) by two seconds.
Cordasco is a state, regional and, now, a National Champion, with more than 25 race wins in his competitive cycling career.
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"I've been chasing a National title for many years, and it finally all came together on the day of the event," Cordasco said.
Cordasco said he was motivated by a little family rivalry. Greg Cordasco's son, Gregory, now 16, has been a cycling National Champion since 2013.
"He reminds me of his title from time to time," Cordasco says. "Well, dad has one now, and I'll have the Stars and Stripes on my uniform for life, too. Like son, like father," he observed.
Through Liberty Cycle, Cordasco has been part of the Basking Ridge community as well as local and larger-scale cycling scene for the past 27 years, and he plans to remain so.
Cordasco said he wants to help all walks of life enjoy cycling, from a child's first bike to a racing aficionado's high-end racing machine accompanied by coaching and mentoring. Liberty Cycle, at 107 N. Maple Ave., has a registered USA cycling team. The shop also has been involved in its collection and repair of used bikes for children who need bicycles.
"Balancing family, business and running one of the largest, most diverse, and active clubs in the country and doing the necessary training is a real challenge, but with a lot of help from friends and family I was able to reach my goal this year," Cordasco said.
Cordasco said he will continue to run rides from the Liberty Cycle shop, run his Junior Cycling program, promote top-notch cycling events like the Olde Mill Inn Tour of Basking Ridge and the State Bicycle Championships, and compete in area racing. In 2018, Cordasco said he will be also be running his 19th cycling trip to Italy.