Fred Matheny has written about cycling since the 1970s, including five books and hundreds of articles. Matheny first met Pruitt on top of the infamous “wall” of the Morgul-Bismark road race course outside Boulder, Colorado, while they were watching a late-1970s edition of the legendary Red Zinger Classic. Since then, they have collaborated on dozens of articles and ridden countless miles together.
Matheny began cycling in the early 1970s after an athletic career that included football and track in high school and football at Baldwin- Wallace College in Ohio, where he was named all-league and his team’s outstanding offensive lineman. After he moved to Colorado in 1970, cycling helped him lose fifty pounds he had gained to play college ball. He enjoyed riding so much that it soon became his passion.
Matheny rode his first race in 1976. A Category 2 racer since 1978, his top placings include a Cat. 3 win in the Mount Evans Hill Climb; a world record of 5 days, 11 hours in the 1996 Team Race Across America; first place in the Colorado Masters Time Trial Championships 1997 and 2003; and third place at the 2000 Masters National Time Trial Championships. Matheny and his wife of thirty-seven years, Debbie, live in Montrose, Colorado. Their son, Ross, and his wife, Laura, are teachers in the Seattle area.