I first got into road cycling after watching the Tour de France in 1987. I was totally hooked. I got a basic bike within a week and I rode every day for the next couple of months and then started racing. I raced on for the next three years, winning a few races, and then, just before my 18th birthday I quit riding completely. The awareness of drug use in the sport, spurred me to walk away. I didn't ride again until I was 36.
Within a year of getting back in the saddle I'd progressed to the Japan pro-elite level, where I was living. A year after that I was racing on the UCI Asia Tour and even made it out to the Tour of oman and Tour of Qatar. I eventually moved to Taiwan to ride for a team here and to take up a consultancy role with the Taiwan Cycling Association.