US Military Endurance Sports

Mike Mouly // Cycling

Motto:  “Sweat wipes off easier than regret.”

“Waiting for something to happen or someone to tell you what to do is an easy habit to acquire,” says Mike Mouly. “In transitioning to civilian life, the mantra should be ‘Hurry up and do something.’” Mike’s advice comes from personal experience. After leaving the Marine Corps, Mike took care of the necessities of life, but didn’t develop any outside interests to replace the camaraderie and shared goals he had found in the military. He ballooned to 245 lbs., was smoking and drinking heavily, and ruptured two discs. It took a series of wake up calls for Mike to get back on the bike, and a whole series of major lifestyle changes for him to become an elite cyclist—again.

Mike had been an elite junior, winning his first kids’ triathlon at age 13 and his first bicycle race at age 14. Racing all through high school, Mike won the elite state championships in the Team Pursuit and Scratch Race, and came in 3rd in the Junior Omnium at the Olympic Festival in Colorado Springs.

Reclaiming his original cycling potential was a difficult 10-year journey, comprising of moves, coaches, MCL surgery and a protracted battle to quit cigarettes and watch his diet. Explaining his other mantra, “Sweat wipes off easier than regret,” Mike says, “doing all the work needed to attain a goal is just as good as reaching that goal.”

All that sweat paid off and in 2017 Mike finally became the regionally dominant, nationally competitive cyclist he had within. Despite a serious crash two weeks prior to nationals, Mike achieved 5th place in two events, the 40-44 scratch race, and the 40-44 points race. He also placed 2nd at the NC/SC regional championships (40+), and was 1st place overall in the masters (winning the tempo race and elimination race) at the Omnium pro series at Dick Lane Velodrome. Now a Cat 2 on the track, in 2018 Mike looks forward to finally achieving his Cat 2 upgrade on the road.