After looking for an answer to keeping fit, Tim found cycling and immediately fell in love with the community and adventure. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Tim enjoys the immense amount of beautiful gravel and dirt available to ride and loves to explore and the adventure behind it. With his friends he often challenges himself to ridiculous epic rides and adventures whether it be the Swiss and French Alps, or a casual 400km ride around a few mountain passes with gravel, he's up for the experience!
Troy is driven by exploration. He’s always asking what’s over the next ridge, around the next corner and how deep is that bog? Whether it’s road, gravel, or singletrack, rides often result in hike-a-bike sections and dead ends but they also yield amazing discoveries.
Troy is the creator of the Cross-Washington Mountain Bike Route but he’s always looking for ways to change it. He likes to load up his bike, pick a direction and venture out for days at a time creating new routes to share with the bikepacking community. The only real rule for Troy is each ride must include something he’s never ridden before.
A self diagnosed training & riding addict rolling over 12,000 miles a year. I love to plan all my routes from one Casey’s gas station to the next with the most adventure as possible in between. All rides above 86 miles should be turned in to centuries and all gravel roads chosen over tarmac roads… ride safe and ride on!
Edwin is a Critical Race Theory scholar, Community Organizer, Educator, and Co-Founder of North Star Cycling. Cycling brings Edwin joy and community in achieving a more equitable and just cycling industry. From road riding to detours in gravel, Edwin can't wait to make the Panaracer tires work! See you on the road!
A native costarican, Roy has been based in Miami, Florida for the last 15 years. His relationship with cycling started while heading out up the mountains in Costa Rica, which he later swapped for the eternal flat lands of Florida, inspiring longer distance rides. It's not uncommon to find him on a bike for a 100-, 200- or 300-mile bike ride. After incursions in triathlon, road and gravel cycling have become the go-to's.
He bikepacked from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic across the Pyrenees range, opening a whole range of possibilities for adventure. Events he has completed include 18 half-ironman and 5 ironman triathlons (including World Championships in Kona), SBT Gravel, Dirty Kanza, Leadville 100 and races of the Gran Fondo Series in the USA. A Civil Engineer by trade, when Roy isn't riding his bike, he spends his time as a Research Scientist investigating the effects of hurricanes and wind storms on the built environment at a hurricane research experimental facility.
Dave Nice a.k.a. "Fixie Dave"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
“Fixie Dave” Nice has been pedaling since training wheels and working in bike shops since he was 13 years old. He has worked on bikes for endurance athletes, pro athletes, para athletes, and built bikes for various disabilities. If it has pedals, he enjoys working on it. He’s ridden the great divide route fixed, Leadville 100 fixed, raced 24 hours, When he’s not wrenching on bikes you can find him year-round commuting by bike, bikepacking, mutiday self supported racing, cooking or reading.
Fueled by Casey's pizza and gummy worms, Angela is usually out adventuring by bike for snacks. Endurance rides are her jam and she advocates for cultivating inclusive bike communities. She also spends her days hiking with her aussie pup, reading, coaching NICA student athletes, and strumming her ukulele in the hammock. Though home base is mid-Missouri, Angela is often on the go, stoked to explore and be outside in the dirt.
Niko gave up his road bike for wider tires upon moving to Boulder, where all roads seem to eventually turn into gravel. You can find him in the mountains most days, exploring dirt roads or singletrack followed by a beer with friends at the trailhead. In his day job, he's a tech entrepreneur trying to make healthcare a little bit better with his startup, Redox.
I first started cycling on my local Tokul trails in Washington back in 2000. It was a natural transition from skateboarding that filled my desire to shred and push the limits. A while later I got into road cycling to stay in shape between mountain biking when I lived in Santa Cruz. I was strangely hooked on this roadie thing pretty quickly, and when I moved back to Seattle I got into racing cyclocross, which brought everything together in perfect harmony. I now live in Portland, but before settling in, I chose to celebrate my long attempt in moving to this city by riding my bike from Portland to Santa Cruz. With the abundance of gravel in our surrounding region, I prefer getting off the beaten path around here whenever I can.
These days I’m not racing much, not only due to Covid, but because my job requires me to travel the world frequently which makes my schedule a little difficult to foresee kitting up. I never travel without my bike though. I love my job because the bike is as essential as a pair of socks when I travel. I love meeting people all over the globe and find the world to be a friendlier place when you get out and see it. I’ve become genuine friends with all sorts of people on bikes on my travels, and sometimes we don’t even speak a word of each other’s language, but we have the strongest language in common, the language of cycling.
Mat Stephens, cycling coach, bike fitter and bike racer, has a twenty- year history with the sport. He began riding in 2000 for his alma mater, Texas A&M University. He has since raced at the national level in all disciplines, winning the U. S. National Championship in 2004 in the Madison. He raced as a UCI professional for a short time before fully committing to race gravel. The endurance and focus needed to succeed at gravel racing drive him and he has many gravel wins under his belt: DK200/Unbound, Barry- Roubaix, Land Run/Mid South, Texas Chainring Massacre, and Old Man Winter. He is married to professional cyclist Lauren Stephens, of team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank. Together they train and push each other to be their best.