I remember watching Neil Shirley of the Jittery Joe’s team at the USPro Road Race podium where he finished third, behind Levi Leipheimer and George Hincapie. Amid the hoopla and chaos surrounding Levi, Neil was very quiet, beaming with an intense, inner joy.
You could tell that he was starting to understand the significance of his result.
Since then, I’ve wanted to interview him and it finally happened a few weeks ago, timed with the start of the NRC season and the upcoming Tour de Georgia race so important to his team Jittery Joe’s which is based in that state.
As expected, Neil was gracious and passionate about cycling but unexpectedly, Neil is a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. How can you not like this guy?