My name is Wes and i am a sales associate for Competitive Cyclist/Backcoutry.com. i spent 42 years in NC before moving to Utah. My background is in law enforcement where i spent 20 yrs as a cop in NC,assigned to the bicycle patrol unit. I was also the president of the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association, which sets standards for bicycle patrol training around the world. i spent my last 6 years in NC racing for the Giordana/Cliffbar cycling team and also coaching for USA Cycling.
I have a very diverse cycling background and love all facets of the sport so do not hesitate to contact me for gear questions or cycling advise. If you are ever in SLC Utah hit me up!
801-736-6396 x 4074
Growing up in Wisconsin, being outdoors was commonplace. I started mountain biking at Kettle Moraine at an early age, had a hiatus for a bit, then hit it hard and haven’t stopped since. While XC is my background, all mountain riding is what I strive for. My typical rides are long climbs being rewarded by long, technical descents. I enjoy road riding as well, but use it more as a training method to go faster on the trails. When the snow’s falling, you can find me snowboarding or hiking.
I grew up on Colorado's Front Range, and have now spent extended time in Wyoming and Utah as well. Salt Lakes 4K elevation is the lowest I've ever lived at.
After me knees had had enough of running competitively in college, I transitioned to XC mtn bike racing. A great cardiovascular system and lower leg strength made the transition very easy. Now a days with a family I race less, but like to get out for a ride any chance I get. I'm the Yeti Cycles brand ambassador here at Competitive, and have ridden Yeti's for 10 years now. I'm currently loving my SB95c and am happy to answer any questions regarding all things Yeti.
“FOLLOW” ME FOR REVIEWS ON CYCLING GEAR & DON'T HESITATE TO CALL FOR ALL YOUR GEAR QUESTIONS AND NEEDS AT (801-736-6396) EXT. 4378 OR EMAIL ME AT JJAKUPCAK@BACKCOUNTRY.COM
I’ve been riding mountain bikes for 15 years, Road bikes for 7. I started out on steel, but things have gotten more elaborate since then. I’ll race when I have to, but for me bikes are for getting outside with friends, being healthy, and seeing new places.
Current rides – Niner Rip 9, Cannondale Super 6, Salsa Chili con Crosso.
Brands I’m passionate about – Niner, Ibis, Storck, Wilier, Castelli, Giordana, Assos, Sidi, Catlike, Fizik, Selle Italia, HED, Vittoria.
I’d love to answer your Mountain and Road bike gear related questions. My email address is email@example.com, and my phone extension is 4076.
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Lover of all things 2 wheeled and particularly enjoy the wonders on biking in/on & around mountains.
I love bikes! And running, kayaking, backpacking, skiing, climbing, boarding, exploring and a little sleeping.
Want to talk about bikes, gear, or just escape the daily grind to talk about adventures... give me a holler; its my job.
Schedule: Mon - Fri 6am-2pm
801-736-6396 ext 5630
Chat: Request Adam on Live Chat
I come from a long line of non-cyclists, and found peace in getting out of the house on two wheels as early as I can remember. I didn't begin to really ride mountain bikes until high school and from there, it was a downhill(ha!) spiral. Racing in college for the UVM mountain team, living with all mountain bikers, and riding all around New England got me fully hooked. I moved to Utah in 2009 to work at Alta and ski, then made the permanent move back specifically for the snow. Needless to say, I was beyond overwhelmed by the amount of amazing riding the Wasatch and Utah have, and absolutely love having such stellar trails a short drive away.
My Top 5 trails I have ridden:
1. Whole Enchilada, Moab, UT
2. Horsetheif Bench/Marys, Fruita, CO
3. Perry Hill, Waterbury, VT (RASTA MAN)
4. Mobb Hill/Saxon Hill, Jericho/Essex, VT (Tie)
5. Sugarbush/Highland MT, Warren, VT/Tilton, NH (Tie)
800.736.6369 x 4245
I was raised in Yokosuka, Japan as a military brat. Bikes were always part of my life since your mamachari is how you get around. I moved to Northern Utah for college and discovered this magical thing called 'mountain biking'. I was hooked and began teaching myself how to work on my bike. One thing lead to another and pretty soon road biking, cyclocross, and wrenching in shops became my thing.
I'm a wheel nerd at heart, and have worked as wheel builder and tester and love all things involving wheels. So call me if you have questions about a potential wheel build or just want a rad set of hoops under your whip.
I am also passionate about helping women get on bikes and love helping ladies find frames, saddles, bars, and apparel that work for their life style.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 3-10pm
Chat: Request Christy on LiveChat
I grew up in Connecticut, spending most of my youth seeking out new trails to ride on my orange Pacific 6-speed, often ending up in random backyards with barking dogs. After college in Pennsylvania, I moved to the Asheville, NC area where I was a mountain biking instructor, with the privilege of riding and racing in Pisgah, Dupont, Bent Creek, and all the rest of the best out in those Blue Ridge Mountains for several seasons. In 2011, I moved to NYC, wherein I had ample time to familiarize myself with the modern road cycling culture, racing, technology, and of course, bikes.
After three years in NYC, however, I needed some more elevation in my life. I'm excited to now be living in Utah and working for Competitive Cyclist / Backcountry. I look forward to helping you figure out what bikes, gear, and accessories will work best for you. Please don't hesistate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 888-276-7130, x4648.
Grew up in Southern California and traded in the great Pacific for the mountains in 2010. Couldn't be more stoked to call the Wasatch my backyard & the Unitas my frontyard.
Lover of all things 2 wheeled and particularly enjoy the wonders of biking in,on & around mountains.
Want to talk about bikes, gear, or just escape the daily grind to talk about adventures... give me a holler; its my job.
Schedule: Sat- Tues.
Chat: Request Kyle on Live Chat
Road Racing // Road Cycling // Time Trial // Mountain Biking (XC) // Road Running // Trail Running
Road raced through my early twenties as a Cat 1. Now just ride for fun -- weekend warrior rides and weekday commuting to work. Try to fix things myself, but am not really good at it...! If I say there is a part that was easy to fix, then it must be true!
In no particular order, my life revolves around cats, words, boxed wine, and bikes. However, the rap enthusiast in me wants to say that Bikes Rule Everything Around Me. BREAM?
I have a passion for words, which is why being the Managing Editor of Competitive Cyclist is a dream job—I get to touch every word on this site. So, if you like what you read, feel free to send me a gift basket of your choosing. Either way, I love to deliver the most in-depth detail on everything from fabrics to carbon.
I grew up in Texas and moved to the mountains as soon as I could. I've lived all over the West, from Alaska all the way into Central America. I've ridden bikes in Alasak, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and all over SE Asia. Two wheels and two feet free the mind and set the body free!
801-736-6396 ext 4442
I moved to SLC this fall after trying to purposefully miss my flight home last winter Fall 2010. Leaving the bird was torture. Especially to go back to Minnesota.
I'm from Milwaukee, I love cycling, beer, paragliding, mountain biking and snowboarding. Hit me up for questions re any of that. What I really love is travel. I don't backpack, instead I scheme to earn airline miles and fly first class around the world, usually the long way. I'm the smelly guy in the first class terminal at Frankfurt.
I photograph as a profession and a passion - a rarity and privilege that is not lost on me.
I am the lead photographer for the online retailer Competitive Cyclist and a partner with small creative firm Lunar / Solar. On top of my professional pursuits, I find time to do personal work and occasionally volunteer to teach others in the field.
A flatlander from the heartland turned alpine convert. He's heard every ginger joke you can think of, but invites you to try all the same. Rooted in visual pursuits since his earliest days the camera has become the driving creative force in his life.
With any hope of a normal life long ago cast aside he thrives on the pressures and demands of the modern photographer. Pre-dawn set calls, blaring rock concerts and red-eye editing sessions are the only drugs he needs. He hates talking about which camera brand is the best; but for the record its Nikon. He does not shoot weddings.
I began working for Competitive Cyclist when I was 15, I cleaned up cat poop. Literally. I'm now the Product Manger for the site, meaning I make the best decision possible for everything you see and feel while spending time with us.
Between my early days and now I went to Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. I'm a five time National Champion. I raced for the USA National Team at the 2004 MTB World Championships in France, and the Pan American games in Ecuador that same year.
I have a lovely wife and daughter and spend time racing mountain bikes, traveling in our Airstream Bambi and obsessing over Product and Design.
I am driven by harmony in life. An acute balance between business and pleasure. Anytime I can combine the two I will definitely take advantage. My friends and family are all on the same page. I thrive on being creative and well reviewed, when at the same time I need to be distracted. Above all, I just want the most out of life! Oh yes, and my wife Camille is amazing...
I'm a fairly fresh mountain biker. I spend my time wheezing behind my friends on the climbs, but relish the wind in my face. I bike because someone once told me it would make me a better skier. I also enjoy trail running in the glorious mountains just moments from my front door.
Downhill Skiing // Road Racing // Road Cycling // Time Trial // Road Running // Trail Running
I've lived in Salt Lake all my life. I grew up Mountain biking at least a couple of times a week for most of my life. About 7 years ago I started road racing. Utah has always been the ideal place for riding. Plenty of steep mountains or even long straight flats if you need them. I started in the bike industry around that same time and was immediately hooked both on the sport and the industry itself. Cycling has been good to me and now I get to help other people discover it. That's a deal I had to take.
Feel free to contact me via email or my direct extension.
When I'm not writing for Competitive Cyclist and Backcountry.com, I am vacuuming up hair shed by my yellow lab...or more frequently, I ignore the hair and can be seen running away on two wheels, two skis, or two feet, or with one paddle -- wandering the Wasatch, Moab, the Tetons or any of the West. I'm probably a cowgirl at heart. A track cyclist with state, national, and world championships, I competed in 12 Ironmans beginning in 2005 with my final bow being taken at Kona in 2008. My first official sport, outside of canoeing and kayaking, was mountain biking, and even though I have zero proprioceptive memory as to how to actually ride a mountain bike, as evidenced by a few recent scars, I am going to once again toe the start line in 2014. I completed a Masters in Architecture as well as graduate studies in physiology and sports psychology, am a USA Cycling Coach - eatoncoaching.com - and have 22 years of competing in cycling, xc-skiing, triathlon, paddleboard (not SUP), marathons, and ultra-marathons.
I'm a Utah native. I grew up in Southern Utah and have been living in Salt Lake City for the past 5 years. I'm a mountain biker. I most ride Cross Country, but I also like riding the lifts up at the resorts in the summer.
My love for bikes and biking started when I was 8 and that was a late start for a kid. As a kid, I loved of all things 2 wheeled and particularly enjoyed the wonders of biking in/on & around mountains. Some say I have never grown up because I keep turning pedals over and over again.
I don’t real care if others think I haven’t grown up yet. What real matters is the joy of riding that I help bring to others when they experience riding a great bike; whether that be many people or just a few.
Grew up in Western Mass, then spent a few years in Vermont before relocating to Utah. Between family, swimming holes, and the mountain biking, my heart will forever be in New England. I love to pedal, despite growing up racing Downhill. When I'm not writing copy for Competitive Cyclist, I'm usually riding bikes, snowboarding, drinking coffee, or some combination thereof.
As a Pittsburghian at birth, I began my outdoor foray on skis at age 2 1/2. Since then, the pursuit of the best turns has consumed me. I am willing to go the extra mile to get to places people only shake their head at (Utah provides many). I also bike, run and have as much fun as I can in this short life.
One time I had coffee with Willie Nelson. Experience has proven the waters of Golden, Colo., produce the finest domestic beers. Creating clean content for Competitive Cyclist stems from many hours spent outside pedaling my bicycles.
Downhill Skiing // Road Racing // Mountain Biking (XC)
I used to be a road bike racer but I moved to Utah and realized it is better to be mediocre at everything here than good at one thing - so I still ride on the road but have tried to branch out into dirt (even gravity!) and all of the other ways to roll around the Wasatch.
At Backcountry, I'm the product manager for community and I'm always excited to hear your thoughts about how we can improve the experience on this site...
Love skiing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking and pretty much any outdoor activity. Recently I have really gotten into running rivers and have also just started to get back into running following some knee surgeries.
I run on sugar and sunshine, and sometimes caffeine. I love to play outside. Lately you'll find me on my road bike the most, but I love running, hiking, camping, mountain biking, traveling, reading and all that good stuff, too.
Grew up in Southern California racing road bikes. Moved to Northwest Arkansas and got into mountain biking, kayaking, and climbing. Recent transplant to Salt Lake City where I'm looking forward to getting back into alpine skiing.
Born in the thriving metropolis of Ogden, Utah Jonny "A" Atencio is no stranger to the mountains.
Once, in Idaho, he caught a wild steelhead with a piece of dental floss and a strip of bacon- He befriended the steelhead and then trained it to hunt down and retrieve smaller fish for his sustenance.
He has been sighted in more than one VIP lounge, sprawled out on the couch, PBR in hand- even though they were only serving Belvedere and Cristal
His training regime is extreme: some say, a bit too extreme, in fact, it is often referred to in all caps. EXTREME.
Using only a can of Adobe sauce, some fresh garlic cloves, a pork roast and a book of matches, he made an award winning Barbacoa Pork that was on the Today show- Al Roaker really enjoyed it.
As you can see, his beard is a mix between weak and not so good-
He has worked for the Secret Service, the FBI, and Interpool at the same time, from a remote location- it got to be too crazy for him
He has 4 pairs of Blundstone's, and rotates between them weekly. People think he has dozens of them.
He is addicted to Green Chile.
He is American.
"I like to think of myself as a person that you need to keep your eye on or I'll wander off into the forest and forget to come back."
I'm a hero to some and a savior to the rest. Some people say that I think to highly of myself but that was before I melted their pants with the heat that radiates from my plethora of accomplishments.
I enjoy backpacking/hiking and fantasize about crashing in a plane in Siberia where I'll spectacularly survive and my sole motivation will be returning to my heartbroken wife.
I like climbing but that doesn't mean I'm very good at it. Bouldering and sport are my forte's.
I trail run as often as I can but saving the world on a daily basis usually interferes with that plan.
I also dabble in cycling, ice climbing and skiing but know almost nothing about them.
One day I'm going to find definitive proof that Sasquatch exists (not like those hillbillies from the history channel, but real substantial evidence).
"To believe in bigfoot is to hope, to dream -- to resist the crassness of mass culture and to insist that ones individuality remains untouched."
Born in London, moved to new York when i was young. Lived 20 minutes outside of new York city for the better part of my life. Went to west virginia university to play baseball. When that didn't work out the way I had planned I packed all my stuff and transfered to Westminster College in salt lake city.
Pretty much moved here exclusively for the skiing. Find me at Park City Mountain Resort or Snowbird. Pow days im in the backcountry somewhere.
I spent the first 22 years of my life in Maine indulging in all the beauty and activities the pine tree state has to offer. The lure of the big mountains brought me westward and a place with Backcountry.com in December 2009 as a phone gearhead. I am now an Assistant Supervisor here at Backcountry.com and love it. Skiing is my passion and I'm out on the hill as much as possible. I'm also taking advantage of the fly fishing, hiking, road biking, and other misc activities Utah has to offer! I hope you all are living the dream and getting outside with other life loving people, I know I am!
The most important thing to understand about me is that I am a hard-worker in everything I do. Whether it be in the workplace or on the paths (both road and dirt).
Sports drives me to be the very best I can be and stay with the very best even if I don't feel 100% all the time.
If I can push for that last little bit to make them work a little harder then I have done my job
Born and raised in So.Cal the beach was all I knew; Surfing, Sailing, Triathlons were my life. Little did I know I absolutely LOVED the mountains. I moved to Utah in 2011 to live and experience the most beautiful mountains and terrain this country has to offer. Canyons Ski resort is my backyard, and every season here is full of adventures. Good thing I work at the best company in the WORLD to help outfit me with all the greatest outdoor gear I could ask for. I'm a new mom and have one of the coolest dogs ever (Auggie the Doggie).