Ed Kross was born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he still lives. He works as an Electrical Engineer, but his life really revolves around cycling. He has served as the Northeast Bicycle Club's (NEBC) president and race promoter, along with several other activities with them. He is a member of the Minuteman Road ClubCharles River WheelmanMassbike and the Ultramarathon Cycling Association, but considers NEBC home. He has been licensed through them for the entire 25 years he has been racing.

Enjoying many victories as a Category 4 and 3 racer, including the Myles Standish and Sterling, Ed's successes brought him all the way to the USCF Road Nationals in 1990. All the while, he kept finding himself riding longer and longer distances, turning 100 mile rides into 200-275 mile rides on Saturday - with an additional 150 mile ride home on Sunday.

When Ed discovered ultramarathon (cycling) racing in 1991, he found the event he could really relate to. He qualified for the Race Across America by winning the RAAM Open East in 1991, and here are his impressive results:

  • 1992 Rookie of the Year
  • 1994 7th Place
  • 1997 Had to drop out 300 miles short of the finish because of illness
  • 1999 9th Place

In addition to riding across the country, he set a record in the Boston-Montreal-Boston race in 1993, and won it a second time in 1996. He was won several 24 hour road racing events and captured the Ultracup Off-Road 24 hour race held at Temple Mountain in 1996.

Needless to say, Ed Kross is a hero in any cycling arena and here's what he has to say about his Peter Mooney Signature bicycle:

The design of a frame for any riding application takes many things into consideration. I have found that the most important are geometry and choice of material. When choosing a frame, you must know what your application will be, i.e., road racing, criteriums, time-trialing, touring, long distance, etc. Inevitably, as with any engineering or design project, you will have to make trade-offs, such as less shock absorbency for quicker response, or more bottom bracket whip for lighter weight, and so on.

Often the material tend to dictate the ride for a given geometry. In other words, a properly fit frame may not give you the ride you are looking for. A steel frame can easily be made to suit any type of riding - from quick response for criteriums to comfort for ultra-marathon races. With proper design and choice of tubing, you can end up with a frame that fits you while giving you the ride you want.

My first custom steel frame gave me fifteen memorable seasons. This was by far my favorite bike, and when it came to an untimely end in 1998, I set out to have the ultimate replacement bike built. I had to open my mind and start from scratch. I tried many types of frames of all currently available materials, and I came full circle back to steel. Having seen Peter Mooney’s frames around for my entire racing career, I had to call him.

We clicked immediately from the first phone call, and I knew he would be the one to build my replacement frame. Based on Dedacciai 0/1 tubing, he designed the frame to be comfortable for the more than 20 hours of riding a day it would see. I got to choose the lugs, locate the braze-ons and we worked up a paint scheme. I watched the progress over the months as the tubes, lugs and drop-outs were transformed into a piece of art.

I have ridden this bike in the Race Across America, Boston-Montreal-Boston, local time trials and out on casual rides, and it is just what I expected it to be. I could use words like comfortable, responsive and predictable, but probably the best description and the highest compliment one can give of a custom-made frame is that it is indeed, me.
— Ed Kross