Regarded as among the inventors of the present day mountain bicycle, he competed in racing events in the past due 1960s and 1970s. He started his amateur race profession when he was 12. He was suspended from taking part in street races in 1968 because competition organizers sensed that his locks was too much time. He wedded Alex Zaphiris in 2011. He developed the modern hill bicycle, which became a secured asset to sportsmen such as for example Greg Minnaar.