Mark Nebeker

Mark Nebeker lives in Southern California just a few miles inland from Newport Beach. He was born in Manhattan Beach (Los Angeles County), but lived most of his student years in Costa Mesa (Orange County). He has also lived for periods of time in Taiwan, Northern California and Utah. While his official residence has been in Southern California since 1984, he spent most of his time between 2000 and 2006 commuting to, working in, and "mostly" living in Texas and Connecticut (about 2-3 years in each location)--enough time to have fallen in love with both areas.

Mark is Founder and CEO of The Project Man, a project management training and consulting company established in 1995. He and his consulting team work with and provide support to various Aerospace and Defense companies throughout the United States. In 2007 Mark also founded HomeSquared Design and Development for the purpose of designing, building and executing high-quality, custom home projects--a passion Mark has had since growing up around construction, at one time aspiring to be an architect, working with landscape architects, and loving all things associated with home and environment design.

Mark has been an avid backpacker and cyclist for most of his life, but also loves to snow ski, water ski, sail, scuba, and body surf--not to mention tossing in a few rock climbing, sky diving, and fly fishing adventures to mix things up. Mark played football and wrestled competitively in high school and college, played on the 1975 OCC National Championship football team, and was inducted into the (very-local) Orange County Daily Pilot/Los Angeles Times Sports Hall of Fame for his days as a inside linebacker. Mark has always been active in sports and outdoor activities, and fitness continues to be a routine part of his daily life.

While Mark has been passionate about cycling since childhood, and even made a casual attempt at racing in the late 1980's, in 1992 Mark starting racing with a vengence (something he wanted to do since he was a teenager) just to keep himself motivated to work out at the intense level he had always been used to, and to fend off old age. While his linebacker size limits him in the steeper mountain road races, his size and linebacker mentality made him a force in the flatter, fast, tactical and agressive grand prix and criterium races. As a 37 year old, Mark earned the right to upgrade to Category 2 in the United States Cycling Federation Senior (over 20) racing class. This allowed him to reach one of his goals--the right to race alongside the pros. A few years later, in his early 40s he attended the Masters National Cycling Championships in Florida, placing in the top 10 in the 40-50 criterium, and in the top 15 in the 40-50 road race.

Starting in 2003, the year Lance Armstrong was attempting to tie the five-year-in-a-row Tour de France victory record, and the 100 year anniversary of the Tour, Mark traveled to France to ride portions of certain Tour de France stages; as well as to watch, take photos, and get caught up in the circus that is "le Tour." Having fallen in love with France, and being determined not to make it a "once in a life-time" trip, Mark went back in 2004 and 2005 to see Lance break all the records, and to discover even more of the magic of France. In 2006 he headed to Italy for three weeks to ride all over the Alps and Tuscany, and watch part of the Giro d'Italia (the Tour of Italy). That same year he was also invited to participated in an adventure called The Tour de France Challenge, where a small team of past-their-prime, but still serious riders rode the entire 2006 Tour de France course one day ahead of the actual race (that's three weeks and over 2,100 miles). Just to see if they could. Just to say they did. Just for the love of cycling. Needless to say, 2006 was a very good year. In 2007, Mark, with some of the same "brothers" he road with in the three week long Tour de France Challenge went back for the Dauphine Libere Challenge, a famous preparatory race one month before the Tour de France. It is all in the south-east part of France and is like one week of the Tour de France. Just as hard (each day), just as intense, just as beautiful; but you get to stop after a week.

Here you will find documented and recorded for posterity (as well any mental health professionals checking up on him) verifiable proof of his intensity, determination, and most likely his complete and total insanity.