Neel Kashkari rides a bicycle

Neel Kashkari, the moderate Republican who announced that he’s running for California governor, is apparently an avid cyclist.

From Laura Blumenfeld’s profile of the man who oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in 2008 and 2009:

Now, after six months of dieting and 45-mile alpine bike rides, the gym scale under Kashkari’s sneakers reads: 181.2.

He had disbursed more than $400 billion, invested in 540 banks, implemented a $50 billion foreclosure prevention plan. He made People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” issue. And he also made mistakes — a punitive interest rate on the American International Group intervention, he says, and a clause allowing unilateral changes to the Capital Purchase Program contracts — decisions executed quickly in the crisis and recognized belatedly by him on the road to Lake Tahoe, while biking up a 9 percent grade, his thoughts grinding round.

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