Team: Dirt Corps
Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Dirt Corps, Trek, Greggs Cycles, Fox Racing Shox, Deity, Smith Optics, FiveTen, SixSixOne
- 195 lbs
- Fallbrook, CA
- Shoreline, WA
I love to ride XC singletrack and one day ended up meeting some great guys on a ride. They were telling me how they race DH as well, so I thought I would check it out and had a blast doing it. So I dedicated myself to being a part of Dirt Corps and what they stand for - Race, Ride, Build - and have been having a blast ever since. Thanks to Jim McCracken, Jay Gore, Matt Patt and Dan Saimo for leading the way and giving me the knowledge and insight on what racing is all about.
How old were you when you started riding?
8 years old.
Where did you grow up?
Kirkland, WA and San Diego, CA.
How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
Through the DH crowd and Enduros, and of course, my Dirt Corps teammates.
How long have you been riding for TLD?
Since late 2012.
Which TLD products are you using?
Love the Moto Shorts, Ruckus Jersey and, of course, the D3 Carbon Zap Orange full face helmet.
Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
Love the way that Greg Minnaar rides. I am tall guy so seeing someone tall like Minnaar do it on a high level is very encouraging to watch and also he is just a great figure to promote in the DH market today based on attitude and dedication to the sport.
What do you like to do when you're not riding?
I love Watching Football, Supercross and Snowboarding. Love to play with my daughters and enjoy being a part of their life every day.
What bands/music are you into?
Rock and Country. Sometimes I will catch a catchy Hip Hop tune I’ve never heard of.
List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
1. Work Hard
2. Podium at least 3 times
3. Enjoy racing and riding so ill push myself harder each time
List a few highlights of your career:
The only real highlight I would have to say for me is winning the overall NW Cup Series in CAT 3 class last season with it being my first season ever racing DH.
What's your favorite race/event and why?
Port Angeles, WA races are the best in the NW Cup. I love the tracks and how fun they are. True DH.
What's your idea of an epic day riding?
Getting out with friends and heading to a place you have never been and discovering a place you know you will come back to many times in the future. Makes riding for fun worth every adventure.
What's the best thing about being a Mountain Bike athlete?
The people you meet and the exercise you get. I have met some of the most down to earth people and no matter what race you go to or wherever you ride people are always welcoming and catering to get to know you. I've never been involved in something like that before.
If you weren't a Mountain Bike athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
Probably discovering another sport to take the time up for myself. Keeping busy is important to me and my family, and being active keeps me sane and motivated to live for each day.
If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
I haven’t been in it long enough to figure that one out. I'm enjoying everything about it so far haven’t really thought about that aspect yet.
Who would you like to thank?
Wow where do I start? First off, my wife and kids for allowing me all the time to ride and be involved in the sport. Secondly, would definitely have to be Jay Gore for being that guy that you meet and welcomes you in with open arms. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have met all the awesome people and never been able to find out about DH racing so quickly. Lastly, all the Dirt Corps team members, especially Jim McCracken, Dan Saimo, Matt Patt and Dustin Rodgers for being welcoming to the sport and always letting me get involved with rides and trail building. These guys are a signature of why the mountain bike community has got to be the friendliest and most welcoming community to be involved in. Thanks guys for all the support.
Any words of wisdom?
Do it because you love it and support others that love it just as much as you. This sport can grow and become an active place for people to meet.