Jamie Smith is a veteran cycling race announcer and amateur bike racer. He is also author of three books on cycling, American Pro: The True Story of Bike Racing in America, Reading the Race: Bike Racing from Inside the Peloton, and Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer.
Jamie’s been working his way through the ranks of amateur road racing and traveling with some of the world’s greatest cyclists since 1983. As one of the most active bike race announcers in the U.S., Jamie has announced hundreds of races including such major events as the 1989 Tour de Trump, the 1996 Olympics, and the upcoming 2008 Amgen Tour of California.
25 years of bike racing and race announcing have placed Jamie in the unique position of ambassador to the sport and lifestyle of cycling. Jamie is adept at translating both race action and the odd habits of roadies into terms that non-cyclists can understand. Jamie sets out to explain the sport he loves and the roadies who live for it in his blog and in his upcoming book.
When he’s not on his bike, calling a race, or writing about cycling, Jamie Smith is a public information officer and photographer for the City of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Jamie has a degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts.
Anecdotes about Jamie:
- Jamie was fired from a radio station in Cadillac, Michigan for calling in sick to attend a bike race (he placed top ten).
- Jamie is a Cat II racer yet he only owns 8 bikes.
- While working to become a bike race announcer, Jamie once slept in his car for four days so that he would be among the first to volunteer at the 1987 Tour de Michigan. Jamie didn’t miss a single stage.
- Jamie has announced bike races in 38 states including the 1989 Tour de Trump, 1995 Tour DuPont, 1991 National Championships, 1996 Olympics, USA Cycling Championships, 1999-2000 NCCA Collegiate National Championships, A-to-Z Classic, Tour of the Adirondacks, Amgen Tour of California, Tour de Georgia, and uncountable numbers of criteriums.
Jamie is available for bike race announcing and radio, television, print, online, and blog interviews. He’s also happy to provide translations of cycling terms and explanations of strange and obscure roadie habits. To contact Jamie, please email us here.