Damian Schmitt Damian took an interest in cycling in college when his uncle started his own bike shop and frame building business. Through the Oregon State club team he found his love of all things bicycle, including racing and promotion. He quickly took over the club president duties and the OSU team was soon winning conference titles and club of the year honors. After college Damian has continued to pursue racing, promotion and team organization. Damian placed 4th in the 2011 Masters 30-34 Cyclocross National Championships in front of his home crowd. Multiple industry leaders praised his performance as one of the best and most inspirational for the championship weekend.
Serena Bishop Serena began racing bikes in 2008 and has quickly become one of the top riders in the Pacific Northwest. In 2011 she won the Oregon XC Mountain Bike Series and the Cross Crusade Cyclocross Series, the largest cyclocross series in the country. In 2012, Serena would like to travel to Colorado and West Coast UCI races, and to the four US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series race weekends, each held in a different part of the country. Serena has shown her ability to improve and excel; she now needs the opportunity to race at a higher level.
Matt Fox Matt grew up on a bike. He had an early love of the freedom a bike offered and not much has changed. Matt is passionate about bike racing and about sharing that passion with others. He enjoys not just racing, but helping local junior racers and high school students as a coach. His focus is on cyclocross, a discipline he holds a pro license in and races on the regional, state, and national level. He also races mountain bikes as a pro and is a Cat 3 road racer. Matt has a background in media and currently teaches high school journalism as well as volunteers his time as a coach for cyclocross through Bend Endurance Academy, as the High Cascade Cyclocross High School Team coach, and as a coach of the Mountain View High School Nordic skiing team.
Brig Brandt Originally from Texas, Brig began racing mountain bikes at age 13. He still focuses mostly on mountain bike events but occasionally likes to mix it up in local road, criterium, and cyclocross races. His “career” highlights include multiple podium finishes as a semi-pro at National caliber MTB races as well as a top 15 finish in the elite MTB National Championships. Brig’s goals for 2012 include a big result at mountain bike national championships as well as marathon championships in his hometown. On the road side he hopes to make races hard for his competitors and deliver his teammates to the finish line. When not training, he is a coach at Rebound Sport Performance & Peaks Coaching Group.
James Williams James was born in Virginia and reared in the hills of Eastern Tennessee. A lifelong lover of the out of doors, James started racing in college as a cure for his hangovers. Ten years later, the pro mountain biker and journalist has twice finished second in Oregon’s Elite XC Overall, twice secured the Oregon Short Track title and last season finished inside the top 25 at Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals. This season, James hopes to finally take the Oregon Overall title, win the Oregon state championship race and ride inside the top 15 at Marathon Nationals. The former Cannondale Factory rider is stoked to once again be racing with his good friends and hopes to help support them in their goals this season.
Bart Bowen Bart started his athletic career at UNM on an alpine skiing scholarship. While training as a top level collegiate skier, Bart and his coaches realized he had other talents as well. From a downhill skier, Bart transitioned to a full time cyclist and had early success. He was quickly picked up by Team Subaru-Montgomery and later Team Saturn. During his 12 year stint as a professional cyclist, he accumulated numerous victories including the US Pro Road Championship in 1992 and ’97. Bart runs his own coaching business and sports lab in Bend OR and acts as mentor for the team, as well as racing the region’s biggest events.
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