What’s your name, nickname, age, birthplace, hometown?
Hahn Rossman | Serge’ | 39 | Philadelphia | Seattle
How do you like to tell stories?
Using hand puppets for props and ideally spilling Daniel’s drink on his white pants.
Pivotal moments in life?
Care giving for my mother, living in the west for longer than anywhere else.
Why/how did you start riding?
I was suckered into it by Brian Pike.
Family life, or home life; kids, wife, girlfriend, pets?
Happily married with 2 dogs, and a cat.
What’s your special talent/gift to the world?
Vital instinct for finding good food in improbable hovels. Exquistite color sensibility, and the modesty to not inflict it on everyone!
What’s the continental project mean to you?
Antidote to my racing life. An example to the world of how romantic the bicycle can be.
Why are you interested in documenting rides?
I delight in getting insider tips in new locales and cities, and consider this to be my karmic debt for all the amazing things locals have shown me.
What do you want a riding guidebook to feature (what’s missing from what currently exists out there), and how will you contribute to that end goal?
I want the book to inspire! And I want it to be worthy of reading in its own right. Most guidebook are simply glorified phonebooks where you simply flip thru hoping to find that data you are looking for. I want the Continental book to function more like the “peoples guide to mexico” where you are given an in depth look at a culture and deeply entertained with anecdotes while gaining lessons on what that sort of travel might be like.
What’s style mean to you?
Style and its sister Grace are not in opposition to speed, but rather unrelated. Style is the distilled essence of a specific moment in time. It’s as idiosyncratic as the people involved.
Who’s your favorite local rider and why?
Russell Stevenson for all the same reasons I already said.
Where in the world would you like to ride next and why or what group ride if you could do any would you do?
Japan. They may not realize they need a version of l’eroica there, but they do desperately!
You need anyone reading this to know…?
Despite the recent hipsterization of cycling history, the bicycle remains the best example of an appropriate technology radically transforming humanity.
Why cycling and not, running or shot put or speed skating?
Well I’d hate to rule out future hobbies, but cycling is a alchemical concoction of history, romance, brutality, and grace. Nothing else is close.
Your favorite ride/moment ever, just the details?
Riding this summer with PVB, Kansas, and Cole. We collectively (including Daniel in the van) had what came to be known as the ‘jesus moment’ while racing the setting sun down one of the shittiest gravel roads in Wyoming! We were absolutely consumed by grace and calm while pining the throttle, Pierre flatted both tyres and kept riding not wanting the moment to end, Kansas has tears streaming down his cheeks…Cole and I rode with the strength of oxen and the touch of a butterfly.It was truly amazing.
What’s your job all about, why does it fit you?
I design and fabricate for other artists, architects and designers. It’s basically an extension of my sensibility and as such has it’s good and bad parts. It fits like you would imagine it would.
What’s your program, like who and what and where is your world?
My program is strongly centered by Seattle and the surrounding landscape. As corny as it seems writing it, mushroom gathering, berry picking, fishing for salmon, drinking way too much fancy coffee, watching esoteric movies at my local dinner theater…rising early to tinker at the studio, racing road and cross, cooking elaborate seasonal meals with friends.
Where you live and why it suits you?
Um see above? I live on a gravel road hidden in the woods in the heart of Seattle. People in Capitol hill dancing to 80’s hits at Neighboors can hear me splitting wood in my driveway.