Samuel Richardson


What’s your name, nickname, age, birthplace, hometown?
Samuel Richardson aka Hott Sam. I’m 33 and I was born and raised in Portland, OR.

Favorite phenomenon?
Mountains and the roads to the top of them. Fermentation and all of the awesome foods it creates.

How do you like to tell stories?
I always remember the ridiculous and inappropriate and usually tell people that aspect of the story.

Pivotal moments in life?
Learning about beer from a neighbor and getting inspired. Creating the Gentle Lovers with Sacha and Tony and creating the best looking team ever. Moving to Tacoma, WA for my first brewing job. Brutal!! That taught me about learning to accept things you don’t like in life.

Why/how did you start riding?
I rode a bmx bike as a kid but I lost interest and got involved in skateboarding. When I was just out of high school I had a job at a record store and I got inspired to start commuting so I bought a mountain bike. I was instantly smitten. I upgraded to a better mountain bike so I could hit the trails. I wanted to ride bikes all the time so I got a job as a messenger in PDX in 1995 and I rode my bike 40 hours a week for most of the next 5 years. Around ’99 I started getting excited about racing. Two messenger friends of mine, Sacha and Tony, where also getting interested and we started a team called Gentle Lovers. Getting involved with racing is what really got me riding. Before this I had never been on a long distance bike ride. I still love bike racing but I’ve really fallen in love with the adventure of long rides. My life will always involve some level of bike riding.

Family life, or home life; kids, wife, girlfriend, pets?
Laurel and Tupper! Some of my best bike adventures have been with Laurel.

What’s your special talent/gift to the world?
I make copious amounts of beer everyday.

What’s the continental project mean to you?
Man, we’ve done some sweet f-ing rides. This group is amazing. Meeting the people involved including the ride hosts and their friends has been a major highlight. I hope people get out and do these rides. The continental is a great resource for finding amazing rides. I went out to New Mexico 2 months after the continental did the Angel Fire ride. I did the route with Laurel and a friend, Tom, that lives in Albuquerque. We would have never done this ride without the info we got from Rapha. People need to use this library! It’s the real deal.

Why are you interested in documenting rides?
Do for others as you would have them do for you.

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?
More gravel.

What’s style mean to you?
Not trying.

Who’s your favorite local rider and why?
This is a tough question. I have so many bike riders I admire and for so many different reasons. I have the best group of cycling friends in existence.

Where in the world would you like to ride next and why or what group ride if you could do any would you do?
I’ve been checking lots of places off my list but damn it’s a long list. I still want to hit the French Alps some day. I really want to do Cycle Oregon as well. Oregon is such a big state and I feel I need to ride more of it, especially since it’s my home state.

You need anyone reading this to know…?
I’m a horrible coffee, beer, and food snob.

Why cycling and not, running or shot put or speed skating?
Really? Next question.

Your favorite ride/moment ever, just the details?
Alsea Falls/Lobster Valley. This ride taught me about epic riding when I was in college. It’s one of the early conti rides and still stands as a favorite of mine. It has long climbs, leg breakers, gravel, head winds, very few stores, limited water, friendly locals, paranoid hicks, and it’s very beautiful.

What’s your job all about, why does it fit you?
I’m the head brewer for Greenpoint Beer Works in Brooklyn. We make beer for Kelso of Brooklyn and Heartland Breweries. I love being involved with food and beverage and it’s really satisfying to make something you can enjoy at the end of the day.

Where you live and why it suits you?
Brooklyn, NY. It’s hard to define.

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