This year, the San Jose Earthquakes have partnered with Bay Area Self Storage to ask players one question: What item don't they have room for, but can't live without?
SJEarthquakes.com sat down with defender Steven Beitashour to talk about his item of choice: his road bike.
SJEarthquakes.com: Have you ever raced before?
Steven Beitashour: No, but it has been something I’ve thought about. After my soccer days are over, then maybe.
SJEQ: When did you get your first road bike?
SB: About two years ago.
SJEQ: How did you get interested in road biking?
SB: One of my friends I grew up with, her dad is a retired police officer. He asked me to join him one day and I couldn’t say no.
SJEQ: How often do you ride?
SB: Mostly in the offseason, just because of time constraints.
SJEQ: Have you ever crashed your road bike?
SB: No, thankfully. I’ve been really lucky, but you always have to pay attention.
SJEQ: Do you have a preferred place or route you like to ride?
SB: I like to go all around Almaden Valley, and sometimes over by Calero Reservoir.
SJEQ: What’s your dream spot to ride?
SB: I think France would be a once in a lifetime experience, especially biking parts of the Tour de France.
SJEQ: Are you a fan of spandex?
SB: [Laughs] Yeah, I guess so. Not the biggest fan, but you get used to it.
SJEQ: Would you prefer soccer uniforms or spandex?
SB: Definitely soccer uniforms. They’re much more roomy.
SJEQ: What’s the furthest distance you’ve ever biked in one outing?
SB: About 45 miles at once.
SJEQ: Is there anyone on the Earthquakes that can beat you in a road bike race?
SB: Maybe Lenny, I know he rides as well. Not sure if he could beat me distance-wise, though.