Donnie's passion and experience with the bicycle goes back to 1969 when he started riding a Schwinn stingray without training wheels.
He also began riding a motorcycle soon after the training wheels came off his bike. So, he has always had a passion with two wheeled vehicles. He raced motocross, and some BMX from 1973 until 1983. Then 1985 he began racing on the road bicycle. The motivation to bicycle race grew quickly, and shortly after he began road racing he found track, and mountain bike racing to be just as exciting.
He continued racing in all three disciplines until the end of 1990. Then he took a break from racing for a few years, but continued to ride to maintain his fitness. He started racing the mountain bike again in 1994 and the road in 1995.
Also, in 1995 he began to promote cycling and running events in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1997 he started an elite cycling team, and was the team Director Sportif for three years. Donnie found that he really enjoyed promoting the sport of cycling through events and the team. Then at the end of 1999 Donnie decided to make the move to Maui and stopped promoting events, and let the team dissolve.
Once Donnie was settled in Maui he began riding the bike more than ever. He found that riding in this fascinating place inspired him to get out on the bike and explore the island.