Spotlight for Norm Cognetto

How long have you been cycling? I started in the fall of 1999. My wife had registered for The Ride For Missing Children, and I wanted to join her.

What is your favorite thing about riding? I love being outside on the bike and having my body get stronger.

How many miles a year do you typically ride? 3000–3500 miles, plus a few local races.

Why did you join MVBC, and what have you enjoyed most? I joined the club to support grassroots advocacy for cycling, and I enjoy the camaraderie and group rides.

What is your favorite road to ride on? Frankfort Gorge, going up or down.

What is your favorite route*? I call it “Playing Hooky.” Usually in early September, some buddies and I ride 100 miles, the long way to Cooperstown. We ride down the east side of Otsego Lake to have lunch at Danny’s Main Street Market. On the way home, we go up the west side and take the crazy up and down back roads.

Where is your favorite Green Sign sprint? On Larson Road just before Paris Green.

What is the best advice you have for a new rider? Get a bike computer and a cadence sensor.

*Norm’s “Playing Hooky” route: 96 miles.