The Secrets of a Family Man

by Beth Donovan

Meet Jon Sarver. Jon is a force of nature in Asheville, NC; a Kitsbow Ambassador and Ride Leader; and all-around great guy!

Though Jon is super connected within his extensive riding community, it's riding with his kids — his 11 year-old most recently — where he finds a powerful and lasting way to share the fun and camaraderie of being outside.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a father of three/husband, lifetime cyclist, entrepreneur, and longtime Asheville resident.
2. What drew you to mountain biking? Where are some of your favorite places to pedal?

I grew up in the 70s and 80s riding and racing BMX. I moved to Asheville in 1989 at age 19 to attend Warren Wilson College… I fell in love with mountain biking after riding Kitsuma for the first time in 1990.

My favorite trails include some of the ones right outside of the Kitsbow Ride House doors including Heartbreak Ridge and Kitsuma. I am also a big fan of Black Mountain Trail, Avery Gap and Bennett Gap in Pisgah Forest closer to Brevard NC.

3. As a family-man, how do you share your hobby with your loved ones? 

My family has a long history of participating in the large community group rides organized by our local non-profit Asheville on Bikes.  More recently I have been enjoying riding at local mountain bike/jump parks with my 11 year old daughter Medhanit.
4. How do you find riding bikes to be a family-friendly activity?

Riding and Jumping with Medhanit has been an amazing way for us to bond as father/daughter. The cycling community in Asheville is large but very close knit and friendly so she can feel the camaraderie that we share with our mutual friends while riding.

6. What tips would you recommend to others who wish to partake in recreational riding with their family? 

Keeping the fun factor high and keeping the intense climbing limited to maximize enjoyment and minimize early pain and suffering

Just a Few of Jon's Favorite Pieces: