Bicycles create experiences for each rider. Mine has organically changed from a kid feeling the first taste of freedom to a lucky teenager on the U.S. National MTB Team, eventually earning my dream job racing for Giant. Having moved on from competition, the current manifestation is working to support and develop mountain bike trail access while enjoying every ride, regardless of the setting.
|Where you live now||Exeter, Maine|
|Other team/group affiliations||Rapha, Sugarloaf Mountain|
|Career highlights||49th place, Junior Beginner Category, Maine Sport Spring Runoff, 1993.|
18x US National Champion in MTB and Cyclocross disciplines, 1999-2011.
2008 US Olympic MTB Team Member.
Completed 2.1 mile Mckenzie River Trail reroute construction on time and under budget for the U.S. Forest Service in Fall 2020.
|Main cycling disciplines||Mountain biker, hike-a-bike|
|Favorite bike||This should be the Trance X Advanced Pro 29, but if I was stranded in the mountains and had to pick one bike it would be the Reign Advanced Pro 29, just in case there are some rough old trails to ride irresponsibly fast on. Or big jumps…|
|Current favorite cycling gear||Giant Romero SL saddle|
|Favorite place to ride||Wherever there is an opportunity to see a place from a local’s perspective. Ideally Anytown, USA group ride from a bike shop.|
|Dream destination||Ancient nomadic trails, western Sichuan Province, China|
|What are you carrying on a long ride?||Almonds and chocolate|
|Tips for new riders||Welcome to the sport, it’s going to be quite a ride! For most mountain bike techniques, the movements originate from your hips and legs. These are our largest muscle groups, so the more work done the better. For instance, pumping through rollers is most efficient when pushing forward and down on the pedals. When cornering, leaning the bike and pushing through your feet provides traction and composure. Our hands are really just there for braking and shifting!|
|If you could ride with one person, liing or dead, it would be||Sparky (Giant Factory Off-Road Team manager)|
|Words to live by||Heels down, eyes up!|