I first jumped on a bike when I was about 15, right when the BMX scene in California was starting to really blow up. I watched a few BMX edits and was already into hardcore punk, so getting myself into a BMX and rolling around with my friends, sessioning urban spots, and getting into trouble at shows was what I was all about for a few years. Next thing I know, I started rowing and racing boats, following in my brother’s footsteps, and mountain biking was some great cross training for that. By the time I was in my third year at uni, the fixed gear scene started popping off and I got myself into a fixed gear to mob around town. That was pretty great, but I wanted to go further and faster, so I got a road bike. Three years and a couple category upgrades later, I was the criterium champ in my new-found home in Colorado. I was always into racing cars, so zipping around tight turns and going flat out in sprints came pretty naturally to me. Just over two years ago, I moved to Dunedin and got myself back onto a mountain bike and, after a few shorter trips, I set my sights on the Tour Aotearoa, a 3000km self-supported backcountry mountain bike tour across the full length of New Zealand. I couldn’t think of any better way to see the country, nor could I think of any better way to spend my life than riding bikes with my friends in the most beautiful country in the world. The tour ended up taking about 26 glorious days and though many think that that’s a really long time, I just want to be back out there and get into the next adventure. Fortunately, Dunedin is a pretty good place for adventuring, right off your doorstep. Plenty of awesome little hidden roads and tracks to check out. So if I don’t see you in the shop, I’ll see you out there!