MARC MARINO || OPTIMUS INTERNATIONAL

 

He is tattooed, he is fast and he has a bike that makes you jealous for the glimps of a moment. These are the 3 things that pop up in your mind when you see Marc for the first time. When you have the pleasure to spend some time with him, you will soon recognize that it is not just about the attitude of a cool “Fixed Gear Rider”. He seems to be a very good and straight person with plans and of course very definied targets. You might know Marc from Low Bikes and maybe from Cadence as well. Two worldwide operating companies who support him with frames and clothes. We asked Marc some questions that might paint a closer picture of him for you.

OF: Please tell us some simple facts about you:

Age:  27

Profession:  Purveyor of Coffee

Location:  San Francisco, California
My roots span both coasts of the United States.  I was born and raised in Connecticut, and moved west to California when I was 18.  It’s tough not calling California my real home, but I’m an East Coast boy at heart.

(C) Christan Donaj // GOOD TIMES ROLL

OF: I remember you as a  relaxed and interested person with a modest atitude. So do you have any special philosophy in live?

 My philosophy in life at its most simple is to do what makes you happy.  Take whatever opportunity you have to travel, and further yourself as a human.  I’m lucky enough to be able to go all over the world, with people that I love, and get together on a level that pushes us all to our physical limits.

OF: How did you get on the trackbike and when has it become a sport for you?

I first bought a track bike back in 2007 mostly just for fun, or as something to do.  It wasn’t long before I started frequenting the intro to racing classes at Hellyer Velodrome.  After that, it turned in to something else for me completely.  I remember scoring my first omnium point, and all I could think about was how much faster I can be, and had to be.  I wanted to start winning.

tumblr_mugwpn1FwI1sk6wu4o4_500OF: LOW- hahaha,… -sorry, but you knew that i would ask you this :D – be honest. Your bikes all come from one of the most famous frame builders worldwide. How did this coop started? mean you,low,cadence.

A few years back I was introduced to Andrew (LOW) through our mutual friend Chas.  His support for me grew organically and I’ve been very lucky for sure.  I race a lot, and he values my feedback, along with my teammates that he also supports.  This trifecta of Dustin, Andrew, and I just grew out of our love for all things bikes.  I’ve been able to race in a lot of different cities and have been getting a lot of great exposure for Andrew and Dustin.  Pretty sure I’m the only racer on a LOW in the Red Hook standings right now, but I could be wrong.

OF: Fixed gear has become a mixture of funsport and serious competition. It seems that FG becomes more serious. What do you think?

It is getting serious for sure.  I’ve really only been around for a few years, and I’m not going to try and talk about Monster Track ten years ago, or what it was like to be a messenger, or whatever.  This has absolutely become a very serious competition.  We’re all spending time and money on airfare and we can definitely feel the pressure to put in a good performance.  It can be stressful.  But in the end, it’s all about hanging out with friends in cities all over the world.  Sharing once in a lifetime experiences.

OF: Do you compete in any other sports than fixed gear criteriums and trackracing and where do you see yourself in 5 years??

Besides fixed gear crits, I also do “regular” criteriums on bikes with.. you know, gears and brakes.  I also race track.  In five years I hope to be settling in comfortably to racing cat1 fields and just being in the mix.  I’m too old to ‘go pro’ so I don’t dream of racing the Tour.  But in five years, living abroad would be rad.  And more racing.  I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

third-pic-670x390OF: 3-5 things you liked most of RHC Barcelona

My favorite things about RHC Barcelona were first and foremost the people.  I’m stoked Dave is organizing this race to the capacity it’s at, and giving guys like me a reason to travel.  Also to all my friends local and abroad that were there.  Not to mention all the locals, and the Dosnoventa guys.  Such amazing hosts.  Also, riding the Velodrome center used for the ’92 Olympics was quite an experience.  Would love to go back!  And the course and venue were amazing.

 

Thanks Marc for your time. It was nice to meet you, and we hope to see you again very soon. Good luck on your way!

Thanks to Christian Donaj (goodtimesroll)  and Constantin Gerlach (constantingerlach.de) for the pictures//There are pictures where we couldn´t find the photographers and copyrights. We apologize for that.