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By Yuri Hauswald | Images by David Oh

I was a free-range kid before raising free-range kids was a thing. See, growing up on a farm in rural Petaluma, California, in the early ’70s without a TV meant that I spent plenty of time outdoors roaming the hills looking for adventure when I wasn’t doing ranch chores. I played all the stick and ball sports growing up, but wasn’t particularly good, or gifted, at any of them. It wasn’t until my freshman year in high school that I found my sport: lacrosse.

Lacrosse became my ticket to Cal Berkeley, where I was the captain of the team my junior and senior year as well as a West Coast All Star selection. So, how did I go from being a collegiate “meathead” knocking the shit out of others with a stick to pedaling bikes for a living?

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