Kitsbow Ambassadors

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MIGUEL CRAWFORD

@grasshopperadventureseries

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 piece 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 have ever come 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!

Because:

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.  

MARSHALL EAMES

@marshall_eames

Hi, my name is Marshall Eames and I am a Kitsbow Ambassador.

I hail from:

A sandy kelp laden sea cave in lands of Narnia ( Lafayette, California)

But I am most at home:

In any mud hole.

I pay my bills by:

Expressing goofy self to the public (random odd jobs and acting like I know a lot about bikes).

I never leave home without:

A large knife and assorted oils.

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:

Front Range Merino sweatshirt, Trials Soft Shell waterproof jacket, Ventilated Short V2.

I love them because:

The unbelievable fit and performance they offer. They also hold up nicely when I hit the deck.   

You see this scar? I got this when I:

was told it is too big to stitch up. A gnarly chuck of meat was taken from my left elbow. All excess skin was cut away and it took five months to heal from the inside out. It happened when I went over the bars on a high speed super D run, at the Sea Otter Classic 2012.

The closest I ever came to dying was:

Breaking my back.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

Breaking my back. (Wasn't close. It happened)

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

Whistler Canada. Only place so far where I can truly dance on my bike. I love dancing!! I am sure most of you know about Whistler.

My favorite secret spot is: 

Exactly 6.75 mm in my ear hole. It can be frisked by left hand pinky fingers or a clean tongues.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

Thank you for supporting my loving, goofy, transparent, naked character.

Lastly, shout out to:

Thanks to my parents, family, and loving supporters of all that I do.

Because:

You all give me permission to be me!!

Marshall is an outdoor enthusiast that loves using mountain bikes as a way to express his preferred form of movement. The thrill he experiences while gliding over any given terrain is the feeling he hunts for in every activity he attempts. Having an early childhood dream and the help of good friends, he rides and races mountain bikes professionally. When he isn’t on his bike he is either working odd jobs, wrenching on bikes, dancing, or just having a good giggle. Also known as #endurojesus , he is well known for generating smiles in every situation. Marshall loves to put his body and mind through the wringer in any physical activity. He loves the everyday adventure of staying fit and achieving balance through out all aspects of life.

YURI HAUSWALD

@yhauswald

I hail from:

What was once the chicken capital of the world, Petaluma, CA

But I am most at home:

On my bike

I pay my bills by:

Carrier pigeon

I never leave home without:

My underwear on

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:

Icon, Wind Jacket and my new black Drifter Jeans

I love them because:

They look good on and off the bike: form, fashion and function!!!

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Severed my tricep tendon at a Norba National in 2004 and it night shaded up my arm.

The closest I ever came to dying was:

That time I wrecked on a wet road corner and went sliding across the road into the other lane like I was on ice. If it had been 30 seconds later, I would've hugged a car, or worse.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

Nearly going hypothermic on an epic "summer" ride in Iceland.

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

Stanley, Idaho

My favorite secret spot is:

Is named after a vegetable and is located in the birth place of mountain biking. I was shown it over 20 yrs ago, and it's still just as good.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

Set audacious goals. Do the work. Smile more, worry less.  

Lastly, shout out to:  My wife, Vanessa,

Because: She's a fighter who lives everyday to its fullest, she's a dreamer who never stops thinking about the future and because she's a lover who has the biggest heart.

Yuri grew up on a farm in Petaluma, California without a television, which meant spending plenty of time outdoors roaming the hills looking for adventure when he wasn’t doing ranch chores. After a successful collegiate career playing lacrosse for UC Berkeley, and armed with a degree in American Literature, Yuri discovered the joys of mountain biking while teaching English at a prep school in Pennsylvania.  A former two-time solo winner of the 24-Hours of Adrenaline and 9th place finisher at the 2006 24-Hour World Championships, Yuri charged to the Flint Hills of Kansas in 2013 and the Dirty Kanza 200. Considered by many to be the toughest gravel race in the world, he placed 1st in 2015. When he’s not racing his bike and working for GU Energy Labs as Community Dev Manager, Yuri spends as much time seeking the path less traveled with his wife, Vanessa, and large Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kingston.

AMY O'CONNELL

 @amyoconnell

I hail from:

Portland, Oregon via Petaluma, California and Detroit, Michigan.

But I am most at home:

In the mountains and anywhere that involves the ocean.

I pay my bills by:

Working for an Ad Marketing Agency in Portland...and only so I can play more.

I never leave home without:

Giving my man a squeeze.

My favorite pieces of Kitsbow gear are:

My Women's RG shorts, Women's Base Short and my Drifter Jeans. Special shout out to my Icon and Merino Hoodie (because it's Portland, yo).

I love them because:

I can wear my RG and Drifters to work after my bike commute and no one looks at me funny for wearing 'bike casual' to the office. 

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Let's not re-hash falling into potholes, ok?

The closest I ever came to dying was:

I grew up in the 80's, so there were many. What happened in the 80's...

The closest I've been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

Each time I have the opportunity to experience the evening stars and sunrises in the backcountry.

My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is:

Good ole' Trione Annadel State in Santa Rosa, California is my favorite. Sandy Ridge near Mt. Hood is right near the top as well.

My favorite secret spot is:

What secret spot? Nice try!

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

Thanks to all my bike mentors for being helpful, patient and kind.

Lastly, shout out to:

All the late bloomers out there! IT's never too late to start adventuring, finding something you love and that challenges you. You don't have to be a shredder to be a badass! Be someone's inspiration!

Because:

You can.

Back in 2013, a good friend of mine left his job at a Denver non-profit to focus full time on his career of choice. He had published a few pieces in a local magazine and was going to dedicate his time to writing his first book and develop a website that focused on being ‘Semi-Rad’.

I remember him telling me that while there were plenty of people in the outdoor industry who were ‘professionals’, ‘sponsored athletes’, inspirational people who were amazing at whatever it was they did; where were the athletes out there that were just Semi-Rad at things?

Back then, no one talked about, photographed or wrote about those ‘average’ unicorns, and to many of us they’re still out there undiscovered.

Looking back at this conversation, I realize that this was the moment that inspired me stop questioning myself as a middle-age, dappled grey-haired woman who didn’t know how to mountain bike, know what a derailleur was or how to inflate a bike tire. Where were the women who could get after it? Hell, where were the 50 year olds? I wasn’t a badass, but I had heart and a ‘no-quit’ attitude. A switch had turned on and I began to channel new phrases like ‘I can!’, ‘Hell yeah’ and ‘You got this!’. I was inspired.

Fast forward five years. While there have been major bumps and bruises along the way, a few jobs come and gone, broken chains and a few missing toenails, I’ve learned a few important lessons.
I’ll get nowhere if I don’t give it a shot.
I am not defined by what I do for a living, I am defined by how I live.
I don’t want to be that person that says “what if?” someday.
As hard as it may be, it’s ok to ask for help. Be grateful for those who give it.
Laugh at yourself. Seriously. It’s a necessity.
Give it time. Don’t give up.
Chamois butter is life changing.
50 is just a number, and it’s a damn fine number.
You WILL get better. You WILL get stronger.
I’ll be damned if I’m going to die someday of a broken hip. It’ll have to be way cooler than that.
Do it because you can.
Seek out the inspirational. In doing so, you may inspire others in the process.
So maybe you’re not a shredder, you’re intimidated, you’re not as fit as you’d like to be.
But you are rad, and if you are a unicorn – get out of the pasture and seek out the rest of the herd. You are not alone!

A Detroit native, Amy spent most of her life in the SF Bay Area and currently resides in Portland, OR with her husband. As an empty-nester with three grandsons, she spends most of her free time on the water or on her bikes. With a love for mountain biking Sandy Ridge in the Mt.Hood National Forest, or the trails in Sonoma County’s Trione Annadel State Park, her latest cycling adventures will be on backcountry gravel, bikepacking in Oregon and Colorado this summer or
traveling with her husband and her dog Rohan in their Astro van.

DEVIN O'LEARY

I hail from:

Bloomington, IN

But I am most at home in:

Pisgah National Forest, NC.

I pay my bills by:

Mountain bike guiding and coaching in Pisgah and DuPont State Forest.

I never leave home without:

My camera and a hammock.

My favorite pieces of Kitsbow gear are:

Ventilated Base Short V2 because they are comfortable even on the hot and humid days and have the best fit out of any of my shorts. My Icon shirt V2 because it is stylish, durable, and super warm while still breathable. My merino ride tee V2 because it is very warm and never smells.

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Wrecked the road bike during a recovery ride where I hit a pothole and got super mashed up. You don’t want the details.

The closest I ever came to dying was:

Getting caught in a whiteout blizzard on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The temperature dropped from 45 degrees to 17, and I had to coast down from Mt. Mitchell covered in ice and showing signs of hypothermia. When I got near the bottom, I flagged down a car for help and they probably saved my life by letting me sit in the car and helping me get my temperature back up. Once I thawed out, I rode to a coffee shop and drank coffee for about 3 hours.

The closest I came to enlightenment:

Anytime I finish a bike ride at a swimming hole and let everything I just experienced with whoever I’m riding with settle in while in the most beautiful and serene environment you can find in the world.

My favorite place to ride is:

Definitely anywhere in Pisgah. You can’t pick favorites because every trail is its own beautiful adventure.

My favorite secret spot is:

This trail called “Green Couch”. It’s in a certain California mountain range and the only sign that you’re there is a green couch that somehow found its way to the top. Every time we would ride it, the couch changed its shade a little bit. The kids are probably calling it “brown couch” these days.

If I won an Oscar, my speech would go: “I don’t know how I got up here, but I just peed a little”.

Shout out to: 

My mom for being totally cool with me living this unconventional, free life.

Devin grew up and went to school in Bloomington, Indiana, where he fell in love with biking through the Little 500 bike race. After school, he started guiding and sharing his passion of cycling and adventure with others, first with Trek Travel and now with The Bike Farm Pisgah. He spends most of my time on the trails, but still loves to get out on road and gravel to experience as much of the world as he can from the seat of his bike.

JEN BILLSTROM

I hail from:

Asheville, NC

But I am most at home:

Blue Ridge Mountains

I pay my bills by:

Operating my bicycle tour company called Velo Girl Rides

I never leave home without:

My gravel bike and my dog, Tyler

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:

Womens' A/M Jersey, Women's SS Jacket, Women's Short Sleeve A/M Jersey

I love them because:

I love owning high quality cycling gear that lasts for multiple seasons. I use all three pieces when guiding tours along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The SS Jacket is perfect for cool mornings and evenings in the Blue Ridge Mountains. As the day heats up, I prefer the light breathability of the Short Sleeve A/M jersey. On cooler days and when directing cycling events, my go-to jersey is the Women's A/M. Made of Merino wool, it's perfect for staying warm and looking professional.

You see this scar? I got this when I:

A long, long time ago, I crashed my mountain bike coming into the bike/canoe transition area at the New River Trail Challenge in Virginia. I recovered (after letting some colorful language fly), jumped in my canoe, rowed 12 miles and then ran 13 miles to place as the second female. The blood on my leg made my injury look worse than it was and my leg was featured in the promo video for the race. My scar reminds me of this epic day on the bike.

The closest I ever came to dying was:

I was riding past Puckett Cabin on the Blue Ridge Parkway when a motorist decided to pass me despite the oncoming traffic. There was a moment when I thought that the driver was going to hit me, but she narrowly squeaked past. Justice was served promptly...the oncoming vehicle was that of a park ranger. Lights, sirens, ticket!

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

In my beautiful, peaceful, welcoming yoga studio in Black Mountain NC

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

The Blue Ridge Parkway from milepost zero to milepost 470

Lastly, shout out to:

My Pack - David and Tyler

Because:

Love

Josh Moore

@moorebikesman

I hail from:  Cary, NC.

But I am most at home:  

In my new home of Pisgah Forest, NC.

I pay my bills by:  

Guiding & Coaching mountain biking.

I never leave home without:  

A positive attitude.

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:  

Ventilated base shorts, Radiator tee, and Adjustable shorts.

I love them because:

The ventilated base shorts breath really well and provide comfort where it counts most!  The Radiator tee literally dries instantly and never feels sweaty. The Adjustable shorts are very comfortable, flexible, and have all the pockets.

You see this scar? I got this when I:  

Was hit by a parked car and broke my collarbone. Always look before you leap.

The closest I ever came to dying was:  

I went skydiving and the parachute came out twisted, it eventually opened all the way and we landed safely in a random cow pasture about a mile from the intended landing zone.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:  

When I realized that I didn't die skydiving.

My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is:  

Goatfish, a jump trail that I built in my backyard at the bike farm.

My favorite secret spot is: This one waterfall in Pisgah. You go past this bridge then turn left at the tree that's really tall and has a lot of branches and then climb over the rock that looks like a giant turtle and then it's a little further through the ferns and the doghobble down to the river. Ever been to that one?

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:  

Sup y'all, thanks for the votes, where the party at?

Lastly, shout out to:  

All the homies who shred NC.

Because:  

The scene is strong and shredders gunna shred.

Riding bicycles has been an integral part of Josh's life for as long as he can remember. His interest in riding began at an early age with a focus on dirt jumping. Finding flow, catching air, and smashing turns on challenging descents are the bullet points of his playful riding style. Some may see obstacles where others see opportunities.

A North Carolina native, Josh grew up in Cary, then moved westward to Asheville, and now Brevard. He attended Brevard College to earn a BA in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education with a minor in Business and Organizational Leadership. Some of the highlights were an 18-day sea kayaking expedition down 340 miles of the savanna river and a 21-day wilderness expedition featuring mountain biking, canoeing, and backpacking in western NC.

He enjoys spending time with nature in order to escape the stresses of modern life. It’s his goal to share this feeling with other people. He find the Appalachian Mountains to be an exciting place for an outdoor adventure. The forest is his playground.

JEFF KENDALL-WEED

I hail from:

Bellingham, WA

@jeffkendallweed

Jeff was raised in the Loma Prieta area above Santa Cruz, California, just beside the Soquel Demonstration Forest. He grew up riding and racing BMX in the late 90s and began racing downhill in 2002. This soon led to Jeff’s full-fledged addiction to mountain biking during his first week of university at Cal Poly. Now, many years later, he, his wife and daughter live in Bellingham,WA.  On any given weekend you’ll likely find them both enjoying the trails together, as mountain biking has become not only a passion and a career, but a complete lifestyle.

Favorite gear:

The Trials jacket is cut with a perfect fit for lots of power moves on the bike, and I love the way it keeps me dry without being too warm for our temperate winters.  

The Power Wool jersey is comfortable and SO WARM! Here in the PNW snow, it's perfect!

MARC O'BRIEN

@marc-obrien

I hail from:

Whitefish, Mt

But I am most at home:

In Montana

I pay my bills by :

Putting coversheets on TPS Reports

I never leave home without:

a baseball hat

My three favorite pieces of Kitsbow kit are:

Adjustable Short V4, Collard Henley, Origin Base Short

I love them because:

They are the perfect cycling kit. Ditch the base short and you can do anything in them. run, hike, climb a mountain, go to the pub, etc.

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Fell off my bike in one of those sandtraps on Slickrock trail back in the 80's

The closest I ever came to dying was:

"The Cold Ride" last June in Glacier Park.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

High in the mountains, far away from the truck

My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is:

hmm.... Either Retallack Lodge in BC or Ainsa Spain

My favorite secret spot is:  

Somewhere in the state of Montana, but you have to be jumped into a gang and learn how to crochet before I can say anymore. I'm going to tell you anyway because it is about to be closed to bikes and managed as Wilderness (even though it's just a Wilderness Study Area). 10 Lakes Wilderness Study Area outside of Eureka Montana.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

Hi Mom!

Lastly, shout out to:

My 4 year old

Because:
All she wants to do is ski, ride bikes and draw fairies.

Marc is a photo-adverturer based out of Whitefish, Montana. He gravitates towards the more epic, wild backcountry rides, but also loves berms, jumps, bike and park laps. Racing BMX as a kid in SLC, he was quickly drawn to the freedom and thrill riding trails. His first mountain bike was a Bridgestone MB3 with biopace chainrings and suntour thumb shifters. On his first mountain bike road trip back in '87 with his older sister, he road what was then the "Slick Rock Motorcycle Trail" and saw just one other rider the entire day. A great memory and one forever etched as a chainring scar on his thigh from one of those lovely sand traps.

Andy Rigel

@MTBlawyer

I hail from:

Poland, Ohio, but have called Seattle, Washington home for enough years that I’m more “local” than half the current population.  

But I am most at home:

In my camper van searching for an outdoor adventure in a remote corner of the Pacific Northwest.

I pay my bills:

Working hard as an environmental lawyer and otherwise helping clients solve their most challenging problems.

I never leave home without:

My house keys, because as much I like being away, I love my home and family.

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:

Trials Jacket, Delta Tee, and all three of my Icon shirts.

I love them because:

Each piece is functionally built, the epitome of style, and make my ride better.

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Crashed on my face during a XC race and my eyewear was impaled in my face.

The closest I ever came to dying was:

A very, very close encounter with a momma bear and her two cubs during an otherwise amazing solo mountain bike ride in Whistler.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment is:

While on a long ride into the high alpine. The air is cool and crisp, there is an aroma of conifer, and the trail creates a spark of imagination that can only come from being disconnected from daily life.

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

Raging River just outside Seattle. A world-class trail system within 30 minutes of downtown, yet you feel like you are in the backcountry. Plus, the view of Mt. Rainer makes the big climb worth the effort. (Sorry for the literal answer, but great rides should be shared and not kept a secret).  

  If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

I can’t believe someone actually put me in a movie.

Lastly, shout out to:

My amazing wife and daughter.

Because:

Those two girls are awe inspiring and make me smile every day.

Andy spends a large amount of time managing Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and pursuing their mission to make Washington the best place to ride. In his "spare" time, he is out riding the trails he advocates for, prepping for races big and small and getting out on the NW’s best trail systems as much as he can. He will have ridden in Bend, Oakridge, Bellingham, Hood River, Leavenworth, Squamish, Hood River, North Van, and Whistler before the summer is done. And he’ll be wearing and evangelizing for Kitsbow along the way.  Ask him for a discount code if you see him on the trail... 

Pete Thomas

(@ptor) 

I hail from:

Whitefish, Montana, which is very close to Canada, eh...along with my beautiful and talented wife, Allison, and two dirt princesses (Francesca 10, Eva 8).

But I am most at home:

Mountain biking along the ridges defining the skyline of Northwest Montana. Good ole' technical singletrack with views of Glacier National Park. These include the Swan, Whitefish and Salish ranges...especially around the Ten Lakes area, where access is a heated issue. But I have to say, when I ride there, I seldom see another soul outside of our crew. I'm also a huge fan of Spring road riding in Glacier NP before it opens up to cars, and exploring the endless dirt roads on my vintage Sycip.

I pay my bills by:

Hocking my artwork ( www.petethomascreative.com ), doing design work and consulting for clients, writing a bit and serving as a marketing director for a local tech startup ( www.neuro-id.com ). Most of my client work centers around the outdoors.

I never leave home without:

My iPhone. Hate to say it, but it's true. Mostly because it's my camera, too

My three favorite pieces of Kitsbow kit are:

The new Adjustable Short, The Wind Jacket and the Icon Shirt. I love them because:

  1. The Adjustable Short: It's a do everything, wear anywhere short, with technical chops way ahead of the pack, yet stylish enough to wear to work, or even a Montana wedding. Perfect weight, subtle stretch, pockets where they need to be and they just feel great.

  2. The Wind Jacket: The perfect little piece always have with me, in almost any season. I've worn it in snow storms in Glacier, and short lived squalls in the middle of summer. It's a versatile piece that weighs next-to-nothing and squishes down to the size of an apple.

  3. The Icon shirt: A perfect blend of style and performance. I love my old Pendletons, but this take on the classic, especially the snaps, the vents and the reinforced areas...turns it into a beast of a shirt with looks and details to impress even the most discerning.

You see these scars?

You know, the one outside of my right eye, up in my scalp, across my nose and across my left wrist? I got this when I did a late night trip-to-superman-dive over a pile of drying ski boots into our front glass door. There's more to the story, of course. All you need to know is that there was a girl involved.

The closest I ever came to dying:

Probably a day skiing the Haute Route outside of Chamonix, when we were caught by three avalanches in a day. Fortunately, no serious injuries. But with lots of lost gear and deteriorating conditions, we had to heli out of there pronto.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

In Nelson, British Columbia. And while the trails were spectacular, it was the post-ride shenanigans that elevated my spirit into otherworldly levels.

My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is:

Revelstoke high alpine riding.

My favorite secret spot is:

A time warp loop of gravel, where you are required to wear only wool, ride only steel, tighten your pedal straps and ride through another era, mixing vino rosa with tales of nostalgia, between flat tires.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

Thank you everyone, especially my parents. Have a good time, all the time, and be excellent to everyone.

Lastly, shout out to:
Flathead Area Mountain Bikers ( www.flatheadamb.org) - Our local community non-profit organization for mountain bikers. Trail advocates in every way, and clinics for kids and women-specific ones, too.

A self-proclaimed “funmonger of the mountains”, Pete hails from Whitefish, Montana, where the riding starts right out his front door. When he’s not exploring the ribbons of singletrack or winding roads which carve the way to Glacier National Park, he chases around his two daughters and three chickens. Married to a beautiful and talented carpenter, Pete’s hands are of a much smoother sort, working as a designer in the outdoor industry (zaneray.com). He’s an award-winning illustrator, artist and armchair writer. As a founder of Montana’s ‘Cino’ vintage cycling movement (cinorider.com), he has a soft spot for steel. With a knack for detail, it’s no surprise that Kitsbow caught his eye. His life is a gumbo mix of design, cycling and adventure, spiced nicely with a handful of good buddies on low simmer.

Tod Francis

I hail from:

Menlo Park, CA

But I am most at home:

Kirkwood, CA

I pay my bills by:

Autopay

I never leave home without:

My 4x4 Sprinter Van

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:  

Adjustable Shorts, Icon Shirt, Origin Jersey

I love them because:

High quality, feel great

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Broke my collarbone descending too fast

The closest I ever came to dying was:

Went hypothermic on MTB ride in S Lake Tahoe at 10K ft and temps went from 65 to 30 degrees and pounding hail, we rode frozen for 90 min to get to shelter.  Took 4 hours to stop shaking.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

Backpacking John Muir trail.

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

Toads Wild Ride in S Lake Tahoe.

My favorite secret spot is

Near Kirkwood, CA but you’ll never find it.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

This must be a mistake.

Lastly, shout out to:

Taylor and Brian Francis.

Because:  We adventure every weekend.

MARK SEVENOFF

@therealsevy

I hail from:

Windsor, CT

But I am most at home:

Moab, UT (20+ years)

I pay my bills by:

Online, but a few checks sometimes too

I never leave home without:

Water

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:

Original gray Origin shorts (I’m sentimental that way), Coleman Valley bibs (so I can tell my Rapha friends to suck it) and finally my prized Alpha Snap jacket - as it’s just so sweet and it gets me the most compliments - ha!

I love them because:

See above

You see this scar? I got this when I:

I didn’t read the instruction manuel on a 96 Rock Shox Judy

The closest I ever came to dying was: 

Falling asleep at the wheel going 80 in VT

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

First time eating mushrooms

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

French Alps

My favorite secret spot is: 

We just call it “Slickrock for adults”. And it hasn’t changed one single bit in about 20,000 years

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

Got a job picking tobacco at age 15 to buy my first mountain bike. That 85 Rockhopper was the best investment I’ve ever made.

Lastly, shout out to:

My wife Ashley

Because:

She always wants to ride more!

Mark grew up in Windsor, Connecticut and bought his first mountain bike, a 1984 Rockhopper, with money he earned picking shade tobacco. Seriously. It was love at first sight. He left the east coast with a business degree and a yearning for the larger mountains and open spaces of the west. For ten years he called Crested Butte, Colorado home. He met his wife Ashley there, and together they moved to the mecca of Moab, Utah. They’ve been running Western Spirit Cycling , which just last year celebrated the company’s 25th anniversary. Besides managing trips from Mexico to Canada and running the Outerbike demo events, Mark spends his spare time chasing around his son Kip and the 25 guides that seem to be half his age now. Mark is fond of stage races, bourbon & ginger, and heirloom tomatoes.  He can usually be found on some backcountry epic or puttering in the garden.

JAMIE DINKINS BOOKWALTER

I hail from: Powell, Tennessee, but live in Asheville and Girona, Spain

But I am most at home:  Pisgah National Forest Trail system

I pay my bills by: Guiding bike tours, field researcher, phd student.

I never leave home without: I should say my wallet but I forget it 50% of the time.

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are: Kitsbow 7in socks! followed by the A/M jersey, and the AM hoodie.

I love them because: All wool! I'm often without a washing machine when I'm in the woods for days and weeks at a time doing research- getting more than one wear between washes out of a garment is really practical.

You see this scar? I got this when I: had surgery to replace my torn ACL. not sure why I thought skiing in -10F degree weather on a ice lump mountain was a good idea.

The closest I ever came to dying was: Caving with my dad in a random cave in Tennessee when I was 13. My head got stuck in a crevasse. Don't tell mom.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was: Being left on a mountain in Morocco by a guide that was trying to teach my friend and me a lesson about his idea of a women's place in the world. Lesson was not learned.

My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is: Road bike - Vorges & Sisteron, France, the coastal road on Costa Brava near our home in Spain, the Grappa /Veneto region in northern Italy. Mountain bike; the Tramun trail in Girona, Hot Springs in NC, of course Pisgah National Forest near the Mills River complex.

My favorite secret spot is: Somewhere in the North Georgia mountains, but you have to promise me you won't tell me that you hate me when we get lost around hour 4 before I take you there.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this: Question everything and buy the plane ticket.

Lastly, shout out to: My husband

Because: He makes a mean cup of coffee and puts up with my frenetic sh*t


WESTON SHIREY

@westonshirey

I hail from:

York, PA

But I am most at home:

Park City, UT

I pay my bills by:

I have been a mountain and road bike guide for 10 years now. I travel all over the US supporting and guiding week long bike trips. In the winters, I find my self ski patrolling in Utah and winter 2018/19 I plan to start backcountry ski guiding.

I never leave home without:

My Kitsbow Merino wool layers

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:

Ventilated V2 short, my Icon of course, all my Merino Ride Tees

I love them because:

First of all, look good ride good, thats what I always say. Secondly, they are super durable, and thirdly Merino is the bees knees. Wool is warm when wet!

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Pulled a pot a boiling water on myself at age 4, my other near death experience.

The closest I ever came to dying was:

I was nearly smashed between two buses while touring on my bike in Nepal.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

I would have to say when I backpacked for 3 months in Chile. That was the closest Ive been to nature and the simplest my life has ever been.

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

Colorado trail between Silverton and Durango

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

I'd like to thank mom and dad for all those countless hours driving me to trail heads and races.

Wes started racing mountain and road bikes in central Pennsylvania at age 14. He raced in college at Lees-McRae for five years with world-class athletes which led him to a career in active travel. As a former ski patrol Field Marketer for Clif Bar, Wes is currently a photographer and guide for Western Spirit Cycling Adventures with some pretty manageable life goals: “I want to see, meet, and do as much as possible in this world.” Now in his ninth year of guiding bike tours, he has pedaled, paddled, and trekked his way through Patagonia, Nepal, Rwanda, Greenland, Iceland, Greece, Turkey, Australia, and many places in between.

RANDY HULETT

I hail from:

The Bay Area

But I am most at home:

Cruising Capitol Hill, Seattle

I pay my bills by:

Solving hard problems for clients… but hopefully, someday, family band will pay the bills

I never leave home without:

A helmet

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:

My Icon shirt, Alpha snap jacket, and Merino Sweatshirt

I love them because:

They make me feel dapper and original… and they’re super comfy

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Was 10 years old and lodged my front wheel in a storm drain at 30 MPH and flew 20’ in the air— always wear a helmet, kids!

The closest I ever came to dying was:

When I was 10 years old and lodged my front wheel in a storm drain at 30 MPH and flew 20’ in the air— always wear a helmet, kids!

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

Drinking a naturally processed Ethiopian coffee off the Clover coffee brewer

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

Seattle’s Burke Gilman trail

My favorite secret spot is:

Jamming with Bison in our band room

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

Life goes fast. Make it count.

Lastly, shout out to:

Zander

Because:

We’re war buddies!

RYAN KINNEAR 

I hail from:

Bozeman, MT

But I am most at home:

Tinkering with my bikes and van in the garage

I pay my bills by: 

Working as an Apparel Product Developer

I never leave home without:

My dog Snoopy

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:

The Haskell Short, Collared Henley and Delta Tee

I love them because:

They fit and perform well both on and off the trail

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Got kicked in the face by a horse

The closest I ever came to dying was:

Pierres Hole

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was: Also Pierres Hole

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

The Bangtail Divide

My favorite secret spot: 

Requires time travel and a flux capacitor

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:  

I’ve never been in a movie but thank you all.

Lastly, shout out to:

My wife Hallie

Because:

She will read this

MARLA CLINE

Anderson, SC,

But I am most at home:

When I am riding my bike downhill, on a fun road ride to a coffee shop, or on a fun adventure.

I pay my bills by:

Fun summer jobs to pay for school, and riding my bike.

I never leave home without:

A snack.

You see this scar?

I fell on our fire place playing tag.

The closest I came to dying was:

Trying to surf in Santa Cruz, CA. I decided to stick to dirt instead.

The closest I've been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

Any time I go camping and wake up in a hammock.

My favorite place to ride:

Is a trail called sweetness, in Santa Cruz.

My Favorite secret spot is:

On any lake.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

"Thank you! Now let's go enjoy dinner."

Lastly, shout out to:

My dog for always being my adventure buddy.

LOCKE HASSETT

Seeley Lake, Montana and Prescott, Arizona

But I am most at home:

A few days in to the groove of a bikepacking trip.

I pay my bills by:

Riding bikes with kids in the mountains, fixing bikes, and making photos.

I never leave home without:

Some good ole fashion hydrogen dioxide.

My three favorite piece of Kitsbow kit are:

You're making me choose? The Icon, Collared Henley, and the Ventilated Shorts.

I love them because:

They keep my body comfortable and look just as good at a coffee shop as they do in the saddle.

You see this scar? I got this when I:

Broke my first hardtail in half.

The closest I ever came to dying was:

Getting caught in a supprise blizard at 8500' while bikepacking through Bears Ears National Monument in February.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

The first time I pedaled from my childhood home to the top of a mountain that I grew up staring at.

My favorite place to ride (that I willing to tell you about) is:

Nelson, B.C. Really, anywhere I can find miles of alpine singletrack, but Nelson just has so much variety.

My favorite secret spot is:  

A trailless ridgeline somewhere in Montana, but if I told you where it was, then a trail might get built there. Sorta takes the fun out of it.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

Who are you people and how did I get here!?

Lastly, shout to: 

The folks who ride every day, in any weather, just to get where they need to go. The folks riding 90s mtb's with baskets to the food bank, to school, to their camp or to their family, and the folks who keep them moving working at community bike shops.

Because:

They are the true, unsung heros of cycling.

Locke grew up in the mountains of northwestern Montana, discovering his love for biking along the winding stretches of dirt road not far from his backyard. What began as a means to explore the rural forests and ridgelines of his childhood have grown into a deeply rooted love for the raw freedom of exploring by pedal. Locke is an avid mountain biker, bikepacker, and photographer. He has worked as a raft guide, backpacking guide, road and mountain bike guide, bike mechanic, and mountain bike coach. Currently, he spends his summers facilitating outdoor education through youth cycling programs in Montana and California, and his winters studying environmental education and working at the community bike shop at Prescott College in Arizona. When not riding backcountry singletrack or teaching kids about natural history or body positioning on the bike, he is driving around the American West in search of rugged trails, wild rivers, good light, and great coffee.

My Favorite Kitsbow Gear:

For cooler weather, the Merino Ride Tee  or Collared Henley are my go to baselayers. They stay out of the way, don't work away too much body heat, and make layering up simple.

If the descent is particularly cool I'll use the Wind Jacket, Icon, or Origin Long Sleeve Jersey depending on moisture.

For warm summer rides, the Delta Tee and Ventilated shorts do exactly what they should; keep me cool.

When things get particularly bushwack-y or if I'm bikepacking, the toughness of the Haskell short and versatility of an Icon is fantastic.

Something few people know: I once had a bag of kimchee explode inside of a seatpost bag. It smelled exactly how it sounds.

MELISSA WONDERS

Santa Rosa, Ca 

But I am most at home:

In the dirt.

I pay my bills by:

Professional Floss Boss.

I never leave home without:

My mountain bike and gear. As a mom who works full time you need to be opportunistic.

You see this scar?

Which one? Lets just say I'm an ambassador not a model. But my biggest scar is when my sister rolled her 1975 Trans Am going 100 mph. She totally hucked it.  My proudest scars are the ones on my forearms. It is the mark of the mountain biker.

The closest I ever came to dying was:

Which time? There have been several. The most rattling was when I was on a road bike ride. I had pulled over on the curb to ask a man for directions when behind me a SUV screeched to a halt. It stopped mere inches from us. The driver had been texting and driving and at the last minute my Hi-Vis helmet caught his attention. Don't text and drive.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:

Turning 40. I realized I'm now part of the "Cool kids club".

My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is:

Trione-Annadel State Park (Santa Rosa,CA), The Hole in the Ground (Soda Springs, CA), Everything in Moab and Duthie Bike Park (Issaquah,WA)

My favorite secret spot is:

If you know me then you know I have no secrets. See above.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:

Sweet, I finally earned something for my Strava Trophy case!

Lastly, shout out to:

My family who understands my obsession.  All my girls! A ride is best shared with friends. And last but not least my bike mechanics for keeping me rad.

Because:

I want to spread the shred! More women on bikes.

Melissa was born in the Chicago area which means hills were a bit of a mystery to her. She has lived in Sonoma County for the last 19 years with her husband and 3 sons.  At 36 she did her first MTB race. Not knowing how to shift gears she rode the entire race in 2rd gear and has been hooked ever since. She likes to race her local races and often comes in DFL, but she keeps showing up. It’s not about the win for her but sharing the fun with hundreds of other like minded people. Melissa enjoys regularly doing trailwork (no dig no shred) and volunteering for bike patrol in her local State Park. She feels it is important to support IMBA and her local chapter REMBA in order to keep our community growing.  

ZANDER AULT

RESIDES

Tucson, Arizona

@zanderault

As Co-Founder/Chef at The Cyclist’s Menu, Zander has been crafting a unique life journey enriched by bikes, beer, coffee, life-changing conversation, and free-range adventures in the mountains. In 2004, Zander headed west for Montana and has never looked back. He's spent time managing a cattle ranch, two years in Alaska, a couple in Idaho and many more with a knife in his hand, cooking for cyclists around the world. His path as a freelance chef and cyclist has brought him in so many beautiful directions. You'll find Z at Gravel Camp in Arizona, Road Camp in Mallorca, or in the kitchen.

HEIDI RENTZ

RESIDES

Tucson, Arizona

@hidebythefentz

Heidi, Co-Founder/Director at The Cyclist's Menu, spends her life doing what she loves most: cooking delicious food w/ Chef Z, physically pushing her body to the limit, and encouraging others to do the same. A Colorado girl born & raised, she spent her younger years on the lacrosse field, ski slopes, and running up many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. She discovered her love for riding dirt during college days at the University of Montana, which led her straight into 5 years of guiding mountain bikes on Moab's rugged trails. After 7 years of passionately racing professionally on mountain bikes, off-road triathlon & trail marathon running, she & Zander discovered endurance gravel riding and that's when The Cyclist's Menu was born!

NICHOLAS HAIG-ARACK

RESIDES

Santa Rosa, California

@nicholasmha

Born deep in the woods and raised on the mean streets of Santa Rosa, Nicholas Haig-Arack found freedom in the rolling hills and mountains of Northern California and kinship in its cycling community. After taking the long way to a BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, Nicholas returned to his roots to pursue his passions. As a professional writer and artist he is deeply influenced by DIY culture. He is one of the founding members of SCUMB, a roving band of BBQ-loving mountain bicyclists and outsiders. He currently lives in Santa Rosa with a woodworker, two dirty dogs, and a three-legged cat.

DYLAN VANWEELDEN

RESIDES

Portland, Oregon

@dylanvanweelden

The seeds for Dylan’s life-long passion for bikes and cycling were planted growing up in Michigan. His continuing quest to live the cycling life brought him to Portland, Oregon about ten years ago to fulfill the dream of finding work within the bicycle industry, and to be part of a larger cycling community. Going to school for design, with a minor in photography, it didn’t take long for VanWeelden to combine his passion of always looking to combine the beauty of art with cycling. These days Dylan can be found talking trash and laughing hard at the trailhead or romping around with his camera and dog in tow. 


 

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