Steven “Charlie” Zamastil
Age : Less than 30, as far as you know.
Major : Philosophy, History, and Theater.
What got you started in cycling?
I gained 40 lbs after giving up playing soccer & tennis after my first year of undergrad, and bought a bike before grad school to commute in Chicago & Philadelphia and also began riding it to lose weight. The Temple University team founder spotted me riding to the library one day and invited me on team rides.
Why do I ride?
For fitness, for fun, for the thrill of competition. To challenge myself, to escape, to improve my focus–the bike ride plays many roles.
If you could race any race, which would it be and why?
I once got invited to do the Tour of Bahamas but didn’t go. Racing for 6 days in paradise would have been nice.
What are your goals for next season?
Another conference championship and a team podium at 2014 road nationals; improve upon our third place at track nationals in 2013; send more riders to MTB nationals; have riders compete at all 5 national championships.
Who do you look up to?
My parents for their marriage of 40 years through thick and thin & Joe Wentzell of Breakaway Bikes in Philadelphia, because he’s 6’3″ and also because he taught me everything I know about bikes.
What has cycling taught you?
To get up after you crash and burn, literally and figuratively.
What would you say to other up and coming athletes who are interested in cycling, some advice?
Get your degree. If you don’t, you’re always one bad accident away from working a minimum wage job that you hate.