Matthew Accarrino does well when things get difficult. Well before the current pandemic, a crisis that’s imperiled his business, threatened the livelihood of Matt and his employees, we watched Matt show up for a Velocio ambassador camp just days after breaking his collarbone on course at the 2019 gravel race in Kansas. (He rolled up his sleeve- the other was in a sling- and made amazing food for the time we were together.)
As a chef, that perseverance may be because Matt blends cycling and cooking seamlessly. The award-winning chef found cycling at a young age before a bone tumor, the result of a benign birth defect, weakened his right femur. It shattered in a crash, ending his racing and laying the path for a life in food. His return to riding has been a balancing act, driving forward through hardship to find a better way.