Alexey Vermeulen is a former pro roadie, having ridden for the BMC development team and then Lotto NL Jumbo before switching gears to gravel, where he now rides for Jukebox Print, ENVE and Shimano, among others
But you might know him better as “that guy that rides with the dog on his back”.
I met Alexey at Sea Otter this year and, as I was going through the photos of his new custom ENVE MOG, I thought ‘ya know, I bet he’d be a fun guy to have a conversation with’.
So here we are. We came into this interview with no agenda, but I asked him to have a story ready to start things off, and it turned out to be a great catalyst for talking about everything from why pros aren’t great at teaching amateurs, finding the motivation to ride or race, and some great life lessons about, well, life.
And, of course, we talk about Willie the Weiner Dog and why he started riding with his girlfriend’s dog in a backpack. Find Alexey and Sir Willie on Instagram to follow their adventures, and check out the details on his custom ENVE MOG gravel bike, too!
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