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Miguel Crawford

I hail from:
Sebastopol. Sonoma County. Northern California. USA. Planet Earth.

But I am most at home:
Rolling roads and trails west of HWY 116 aka WestPole aka the Golden Zone aka Grasshopperlandia.

I pay my bills by:
I teach high school Spanish and somehow find time to organize and run the Grasshopper Adventure Series.

I never leave home without:
Telling my wife and kids I love"em.

My three favorite pieces of Kitsbow kit are:
Geysers Jersey and Coleman bibs, Hoodie and Drifter Jeans.

I love them because:
The wool jersey is perfect for the NorCal weather. I love it on the road and in the dirt. Tight jeans make me feel like a kid. Hoodie is just rad! I Can wear it to work or a quick ride around town.

You see this scar? I got this when I:
Was learning to ride mountain bikes. Discovered it was not a good idea to grab the front brakes when riding into a deep rut at mach speed.

The closest I ever came to dying was:
Skinny dipping in the ocean in Oaxaca, Mexico. I was pulled out in a rip current and spent the day bloody and sunburned, with urchin spines in my feet and hands on rock in the sea before someone came out and convinced me to swim in as the rising tide was going to rip me off my perch.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:
Every morning while reading Buddhist self help books and getting jacked up on coffee.

My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is:
Road...West Sonoma County...mixed terrain...Mendocino...MTB...Crested Butte County, CO.

My favorite secret spot is:
Almost every ride that I don't post on Strava. (Which is almost every ride). Seriously, why would you want people "following" you??

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:
"My life has been the poem I would have to write, but I could not both live and utter it" Thoreau

Lastly, shout out to:
All my friends who have joined me on the last 20 years of Hopper Adventures!

Nothing better than hanging it all out, all day long, on crazy hard rides with people who push you to your limit, and help you to be your best.

‘Mig’ bought his first mountain bike in 1988 as a graduation present. “My Specialized Stumpjumper was my transition from a lifetime of team sports; I sold my car and used my bike to commute during the week, and put on knobbies for weekend adventures.” After graduating from Humboldt State with a BA in Spanish, Mig began his teaching career while racing with Gianni, Ibis, then SoulCraft bikes. As the founder of the Grasshopper Adventure Series, he still finds time to coach the local high school mtb team and spend time with his 3 rad kids in Sonoma County, California.