Meet Dai Endurance Athlete of the Week.. Matt Sacht

Q: What do you do in real life?

A: Orthopedic Surgery PA (physician assistant), at the Reno Orthopedic Clinic


Q: What are your weaknesses?

A: Beer, burritos, & pizza, not necessarily in that order.

I will also drop the bike in a hot minute if I’m near the ocean and there’s surf.

However, if you are referring to weaknesses on the bike, that would be climbing – no question.  Probably not surprising considering my initial answer above.

Q: Why are you training?

A: See Question #2 above.

Q: Do you partake in any Dai Endurance Classes/Training/Fitting?

A: So far, just my personalized bike training program via Julie.

Q: What’s your ideal sporting event to attend or compete?

A: My favorite events are the mountain bike enduro races, as well as cyclocross races in the fall.  Maybe that’s why my favorite race is probably the Grinduro! up in Qunicy, CA.  It seems to have the best elements of an both an enduro MTB race and a ‘cross event, plus you can use any bike you want.

Run what you brung!


Q:What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on a bike ride?

A: Riding the TRT on that killer section between Tahoe Meadows and Tunnel Creek. I’m chasing my friend down through one of the full-tilt-boogie sections of singletrack that winds around several rock outcroppings.  He goes out of sight around a corner and I hear a blood-curdling high-pitched scream. I come around the corner a moment later to see my buddy on the ground in the middle of the trail about 10 feet from his bike.  His glasses have blown off in the crash so I can see his thousand-yard stare and shocked expression.  I stop just in front of him and he looks up all wild-eyed and says, “dude, I came around that corner and the bear came out of nowhere and was just drag racing next to me for a second, and then he just straight t-boned me trying to get across the trail!”

I look down the ridgeline, past the yard-sale in front me, and sure enough, I see a young black bear trotting away though the bushes, post-haste.  You just can’t make this stuff up.

Q: What is your favorite food to eat post training?

A: See Question #2 above.

Q: How do you stop yourself from eating unhealthy food?

A: Unfortunately, I haven’t quite figured this one out yet.  I basically stop all alcohol and cut way back on sugars the week before a race or big event, but that’s pretty much the extent of my “dieting”.


Q: What’s the strangest or most embarrassing crash you’ve ever had?

A: Took my right hand off the bars to stash my glasses after coming off trail and onto pavement after a late afternoon MTB ride. Was descending a pretty steep road at the time, and saw a friend driving up the road the other direction.  I waved to her with my glasses hand and then regrettably grabbed a ton of front brake to slow down.  As we all know – real bad idea on pavement.  I guess my excuse is that it was my only hand near a brake lever at the time.  Anyway, I of course go down – HARD.  The friend sees the whole thing and brakes to a stop to check on me while I skid down the road in the other direction.  To this day I have a scar from the road rash on my arm, as well as a mildly bruised ego.

Q: What do you think about during long training rides/runs/workouts to stave off the boredom?

A: I will usually rock the jams on my ear buds for solo training rides.  I find that good music not only staves off the boredom, but will often even add some punch to your power that wasn’t there otherwise.


Q: Why do you train with Dai Endurance?

A: Julie is awesome – she understands my many off-bike commitments, including doing long hours at work and also being a good dad and husband for my family, while also taking my on-bike commitment to constantly improve my fitness and bike skills very seriously.