Meet Our Family
Nick never intended to start The Pro’s Closet, he was (and still is) a minimalist that wanted to simply create space. In 2006, while living out of his VW Van in Grand Junction CO, he sold everything on eBay. At the time he was pedaling professionally for Trek/VW’s regional team (www.ridewithnickmartin.com) and chasing “the dream”. One thing lead to another and before he knew it, he was sitting behind a computer selling product for his peers while they where out training. When Nick is not steering The Pro’s Closet forward, he’s collecting mid-century antiques, making music, mowing the lawn, pursuing his next chapter in interior design and kicking it with his black lab Norman. What We Ride: Nick’s Yeti FRO
The Jamaican sensation, Alister is the one you’ll always hear singing and dancing in the shop. He came to the US at 19 and lived in New York, Connecticut, and then finally San Diego. It was there that he met his future wife while she was on vacation. Determined to not let her go, he followed her back to Colorado and the rest is history. As TPC’s resident wheelie master, he’s been wheeling since he was 13 and has probably spent more time on one wheel than most people have on two. His carbon Stumpy has been transformed into a wheelie specific machine, tuned to set records. He’s even been known to commute into work without a front wheel. His unofficial wheelie distance PR is a mind boggling 14 miles and he’s currently training for an attempt at the world record for the longest wheelie in an hour. Beyond bikes, he’s into anything with wheels that’s meant to go fast. He’s had 28 cars in the last 20 years, and almost as many motorcycles. If he’s not tuning or cruising in his sick whips, then he’s spending time with his wife and two boys. A 20 year vet of the bike industry, he’s friendliest mechanic around. Find him for a chat, just follow that beautiful falsetto when you walk in the door. What We Ride: Alister’s Stumpjumper
Bobby hails from the scarcely pronounceable town of Oconomowoc, WI, but he’ll usually just say Milwaukee to make things easy. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. After braving many of Milwaukee’s harsh winters he escaped here to the Front Range and, like a true hardman, came to find it mild in comparison. Perhaps more importantly though, it was filled with endless opportunities for adventure. An avid outdoorsman, his favorite thing to do is go backcountry snowboarding with his Collie, Whiskey. In the summer you’ll find him playing disc golf, long boarding with his dog, and camping. If you ask him to play you a tune he’ll bust out his guitar or ukulele for you. Also an art history nerd, he tries to live his life by the Flemish motto of Dutch painter Jan Van Eyck and American craftsman Gustav Stickly: “Als Ik Kan” – “To the best of my ability.” No matter his profession he tries living each day without cutting corners or compromising on quality. It’s this special type of energy and drive that brought him to TPC. He’s worked with National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Player Tribune, Peck School of the Arts, and several other companies. Thanks to these experiences and the influence of those equally passionate about the trade, he remains driven to pursue what he loves–photography.
Mechanic Department Manager
Born and raised in Vermont, Brennan fell in love with the outdoors. However, like many of us from the east coast, he dreamed of those bigger, badder mountains out west. After some contemplation, Brennan found himself at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in sunny Boulder, Co where he instantly took to the burgeoning cycling culture. When he is not on a bicycle, Brennan can be found in the garage with his Jack Russell Terrier, working on the old ‘84 Mercedes 300TD.
Assistant Photography Department Manager
Brittany is TPC’s senior photographer, and one of our original employees. In the beautiful Flatiron mountains, she grew up in fondness for the outdoor and social liveliness of Boulder, Colorado. After a short time studying art in San Francisco, she finished her education at the University of Colorado graduating with double major in Studio Art and Women and Gender studies. Currently, Brittany is working towards her masters in photography at the Academy of Art University. In her spare time, she does photo essays for Denver Post’s entertainment site, Reverb. Her morning are spent practicing yoga and Pilates and, on most evenings, ending her day on a good glass of vino. What We Ride: Brittany’s Mosaic
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Bruce was born in the cornfields of Iowa City, but grew up tending rice paddies and sugarcane in Guangdong Province where he spent his lazy farm days dreaming of returning to America. He wanted nothing more than to escape into the mountains and be closer to the sky. He came to Colorado to realize this dream. While in Boulder he studied English at The University of Colorado, and received an MFA in creative writing. When not at work, he’s outside playing in the dirt, searching for the limits of his body. No matter the bike or terrain, he loves to hurt. “When my heart is ready to explode, and my legs are filled with acid, and my vision narrows into a dark tunnel of pain, I sometimes feel like I could touch heaven itself.” When Bruce’s legs die and he’s finally forced to retire, he hopes he can become a mediocre hip hop artist.
Chris was born in the UK and moved to the East Coast at a young age. He moved to Colorado for the mountains and attended University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his BFA in Film Studies. Chris isn’t a racer, but he much prefers riding a bike to driving for the fresh air and some space to think. In his leisure time, Chris plays with his beautiful four-year-old daughter Maya and watches movies and documentaries. Outside of The Pro’s Closet, he is a freelance photographer and cinematographer. In the office, Chris puts his camera skills to good use shooting our museum videos. At 6’8″, he is also handy for reaching the top shelf around here.
Digital Media Manager
An academic from the shores of MA, Chris came to Boulder with aspirations of aligning his professional and recreational lifestyles. With picturesque mountains lining the city, Boulder presented Chris the perfect opportunity to explore his passion for rock climbing and photography. He left a lot behind in his cross-country move but he was sure to bring along his very first bicycle, the Schwinn Predator Monster BMX bike with Skyway Mags. A gem for sure! At TPC, Chris uses his extensive camera knowledge to push our Photography Department to new levels. In the 80’s, Chris spent his weekends rocking Adidas jumpsuits battling with his break dance crew.
Colby considers himself a man of many homes. Born in Bakersfield, CA and raised in a nearby farming community, he spent his early days on the family farm where he learned the value of a dollar and the meaning of hard work. He then moved to Texas in middle school, back to California for high school, then out to Austin where he attended Texas State University and studied Agriculture Business Management. He’s also raced cross-country MTB and rode bulls competitively. Yes, Colby is a true country boy. Aspiring to work in in the cycling industry, he made the wise choice to move to the epicenter of cycling in the USA, Boulder, CO. Colby has found his newest home at The Pro’s Closet, where he has become a hard-working Bicycle Buyer. What We Ride: Colby’s Klein
Originally from Connecticut, Dan jumped into TPC off a homemade plywood kicker, drinking a bottle of fine champagne. Bikes are nice, but according to Dan, champagne is life. It was him (or Winston Churchill) who said, “I could not live without Champagne – in victory I deserve it, in defeat I need it.” Maybe he developed this affinity after standing atop too many podiums where he tasted the sweet bubbly essence of victory. A lover of learning, at UConn he studied Psychology with a focus on Neuroscience and he’s now studying at Colorado State University to get his MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He learned how to build computers at the age of 10, created his first website at 13, started his own eBay store at 15, and later managed a successful online sneaker marketplace. Then he made the ultimate sacrifice and sold off his 100+ sneaker collection to make the move to Boulder. With his new fiance beside him, a bottle of champagne in hand, and a thirst for knowledge and adventure, he’s more than ready for the next challenge.
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The first time David went skydiving he jumped out of the plane solo. Some even say he had no chute and that he made it to the ground by grabbing his instructor like Keanu Reeves grabbed Patrick Swayze in Point Break. Maybe it was this same sense of adventure that drove him to pack up and leave Nashville, Tennessee for Colorado. Like many he came for the mountains, but more so to be in the center of the American Cycling industry. He shares TPC’s energy and enthusiasm about bikes and loves helping people sell their old equipment, whether it’s to help them fund a new bike, or just clean out their garage. His own bikes are ever changing, but he always keeps at least one road bike and one mountain bike. His favorite type of rides are long epics out on singletrack or deserted gravel roads. In solitude there is joy, and it’s on these long rides, deep into the quiet beauty of the mountains, free of people and the constraints of normal life, that he’s able find his own small piece of nirvana. And if not there, he can find it in an oven, cooking and baking, making all sorts of delicious sweets for the TPC crew.
Let’s start with some stats: 2x Ironman Wisconsin Finisher, 3x Half-Ironman finisher, and more sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and running races than you can count on your fingers and toes. Not only is Doug a seasoned racer, but when something, anything around the TPC shop needs to be fixed, built, or broken, Doug is the man to call. Batman’s utility belt looks like a toy compared to Doug’s 2-ton toolbelt. He can mend anything and everything with it, that is unless it’s a broken heart. But he’ll sure as hell still try. Doug left Big Bend, Wisconsin and came to Boulder for the sunshine, mountains, epic cycling, and because it’s such a great place for him and his wife to raise their 2-year-old son. A loyal Felt rider, Doug can often be spotted on his TT bike riding all over Boulder, even dragging it up Left Hand Canyon and Flagstaff Mountain. He says he can’t put the thing away because it’s just so fast. And for Doug, the fantastic scenery around town just makes the suffering seem peaceful. And whether it’s a ride, a run, a swim, or all three, there’s nothing better than capping it all off with some good IPAs and some time with the family. What We Ride: Doug’s Felt IA
Jarrad’s M.O. can be summed up with one word: Send. He does this regularly. When we go to the dirt jumps? He sends it. Gnarly downhill Trails? Sends it. When he cut off his legendary long and luscious locks? He sent them–to Wigs for Kids. The man just can’t stop sending. And if he’s not, then he’s escaping the front range, taking his 4×4 deep into the mountains to sleep in the woods. He spent many winters this way, holed up in the mountains around Breckenridge before emerging one bright day, like the mighty bear waking from its deep slumber, to down into the foothills in search of something more. He found it at TPC, a buffet of bikes to send on. He has hometowns all across the country, and received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business and Entrepreneurship from The State University of New York at Oswego. When he’s not sending or working, he’ll be taking care of his chickens, listening to loud music with earplugs in, or drinking a mojito.
Originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota, Jeanette left the land of Prince and 10,000 lakes for the beautiful weather, ample outdoor recreation, and slightly fewer lakes of Colorado. She was busy on her way over, going to the University of Minnesota for Business and Speech, the University of Phoenix for an MBA, and Leeds School of Business, CU for Accounting. She’s run Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota twice and when she’s not at work crushing numbers into dust she likes to jog and hike. On occasion, she’ll pick up a set of clubs and hit a little white ball into a tiny hole dug into some patch of manicured grass. She says she’s not very good, but don’t let her modesty fool you. Her husband Joe and daughter Ellen are witness to plenty of games shot under par and maybe even a few hole-in-ones. She loves the people at TPC, and even more so, she loves getting on her bright pink Electra Townie and beating the whole crew to Avery Brewery. Put a good brew at the finish and none of the TPC racers stand a chance. That, or her favorite food, Dilly Bars.
VP of Operations
A humble man from Western Mass, Jeff possesses a commanding voice that never fails to whip the shop into order. He went to Salem State in Massachusetts, and graduate school at CSU where he studied International Development & Globalization. It was in Colorado where he met and fell in love with both the mountains and his wife. After spending time in the corporate world, it has been a welcome change for Jeff to come to Boulder and work alongside the passionate and motivated individuals at TPC. A passionate mountain biker for over 20 years he tries to get out on the trails a couple times a week, even these days with a busy job and two kids. He’s not afraid to hammer it out and take it to the limit after work with the TPC fast crew. For Jeff, it used to be about the adrenaline rush, but with time and maturity, riding has morphed into his prefered way of staying healthy in hopes of keeping up with his own speedy kids. He’s excited to continue living the outdoor lifestyle and introducing the little ones to the joys of hiking and biking.
Jim was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee where his childhood doodling led him to pursue a college degree in the arts. He attended Memphis College of Art and studied photography, metalsmithing, and art history while also chasing a roller derby career. He followed his dreams, and a roller derby girl, to Colorado where he spends his free time building tiny bikes, coaching a Denver Roller Dolls team, and writing rap songs about cats. When Jim is in the office he leads our Customer Service Department. Jim owns a BMX bike signed by Justin Timberlake.
Chief Technology Officer
Need someone with unmatched tech savvy to solve your problems? Jim’s the man. He graduated from the University of Buffalo where he studied Applied Mathematics and Computing. As TPC’s resident tech expert, he’s who we rely on when our poor, cycling riddled minds are overcome by the complexities of modern technology. He’s faster with a keyboard and mouse than most of us are on our bikes, bringing out new tools and upgrades with lighting speed. Born in Rochester, New York and a former resident of Montclair, New Jersey, Jim traded the East Coast for an opportunity to live and work in an area not only rich in technology, but rich in nature as well. He chose Boulder and TPC for the healthy and stimulating environment where he can ride his bike to work and spend time with his wife and three energetic boys, experiencing our town’s multitude of outdoor activities.
Denver Warehouse Manager
Jon grew up in the hustle and bustle of New York City, and went west to Wyoming in order to find himself in the open spaces and fresh air. He studied History at the University of Wyoming and aspires to be a museum curator. He has an affinity for modern art, photography, new media, and collects concert posters. Jon has been a cyclist his whole life and has never owned a car. In his free time, he plays tennis, collects vinyl records, travels, and sails. Jon is in command at our Denver location. Stop by and ask him for a tour, and get acquainted with the most recent expansion of The Pro’s Closet.
Josh loves snow. He really, really loves it. He’s never lived anyplace he couldn’t be near it. Be it Chicago, Washington state, southern California teaching snowboarding, or ski bumming Breckenridge, Colorado, Josh was never far from his board. If he’s not at the shop, most days he’s backcountry snowboarding with his Saint Bernard, Franky, or he’s spinning old-school hip hop albums with a cold brew. Josh is our resident snow sports buyer and lead auction manager.
New Business Development
With the skinny physique of a natural climber, Justin is one of TPC’s resident ex-pros. From Raleigh, North Carolina, he was a former collegiate cross country star and inductee into East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame. As a pro cyclist he discovered he sucked at altitude. So the solution, in his mind, was to come to Boulder and adjust to the mountain air. Whether that worked or not is debatable, but the beauty of the landscape stuck with him, so he stuck around, becoming Director of Business Development for the TPC team. Justin raced in the US for Webcor, Healthnet, and Toyota-United, was Elite National Criterium Champ in 2009, and still owns the Mt. Tam Hillclimb record. Life has changed much after his pro racing career but the competitive fire still remains. Instead of crushing climbs he crushes cheap pizza and beer (Yuengling if possible) like no one else in the shop. When not stuffing his face he’s spending time with his wife, Jess, and two kids, Darla and Clyde. He follows the Denver Nuggets intensely and is a total Basketball nerd, even though in reality he sinks more airballs than three-pointers. He doesn’t have the endurance he used to have, but his pizza and Yuengling binges do help fuel a massive engine that can still drop many unsuspecting fools on a lunch ride. What We Ride: Justin’s Giordana
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Fueled by coffee and EDM, Kevin is one of TPC’s resident hammers. Other than Ice Cream, he’s unable to list any interests outside of bicycles. He calls himself one dimensional. Here at TPC we have another word for it: Fast. He spends tons of time and puts in a lot of miles on his fleet of Specialized bikes. Hailing from Brandon, Mississippi, he went to Mississippi State University for Banking & Finance and Kinesiology. He’d tell you more about himself, but he’s already dropped you!
Managing Partner, Ridgeline
A successful Boulder entrepreneur, Luke has a resume stacked high to the ceiling with accomplishments and the physical height to match. His upbringing was split between Colorado and New York and in previous lives he played basketball as a forward for the Cornell Big Red, and was also COO at Eco-Products where he helped the company grow from less than $1 million to more than $80 million in nine years. He also has an email-based jobs site called Luke’s Circle (http://www.lukescircle.com/) that connects talented people with emerging companies. He and his family settled in Boulder in 2004, driven by a desire to get involved in a small business in a healthy lifestyle industry. TPC is one of many ventures Luke is involved in, but it has that special vibe and energy that just keeps him coming back for more! He’s a mountain biker but now-a-days puts in way more mileage chasing his three kids around. But when he catches them, he loves spending time taking them on trips, traveling the world as a family. He believes that exposing yourself to different cultures is one of the most impactful ways to grow as a person. “It forces you to ask questions. It spurs creativity. It creates appreciation for what you have.” It this mindfulness as well as his entrepreneurial prowess that make Luke so valuable to the TPC team.
Nasser came to Boulder from Austin, Texas for the amazing riding, views, and the good vibes that come from being in a like minded community that loves sport and the outdoors. He received a degree in finance from Texas State University, and also learned there the eternal truth that skills pay the bills. Following this mantra he trains hard with many epic pre-dawn rides that climb high into the mountains. We have all been impressed by his tenacity, especially after one TPC rider decided to set a Wile E. Coyote style trap for him, leading him to ride into a sidewalk block full of wet cement. Nasser was unfazed, and simply turned up the watts and pedaled through. Road cycling is his focus and he rides and races for Primal Audi Denver. If he’s not at work or training he’s usually laying low, reading a book, listening to podcasts, or watching Game of Thrones. But if he’s got any gas left, then he’s alway game for climbing, hiking, kayaking, and anything you can throw at him. There are few that can match his energy and enthusiasm for the outdoors.
Nate got hooked on bikes when he was living in Chicago. He found that exploring the city by bike was way more fun than driving a car in traffic. At the time Nate was working as an auto mechanic but spending free time buying and building up bikes. He knew he wanted to work in the cycling industry but didn’t see himself in a traditional shop. When he found The Pro’s Closet was hiring he jumped at the opportunity. Nate is not only a skilled mechanic but also a talented musician. In fact, he was the musical entertainment at his own wedding earlier this year. If you need someone to fix your bike, sing you a song, or take a look at your pick-up, Nate is your man! What We Ride: Nate’s Cilo
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Brewmaster Phil is a country man. Growing up in West Virginia and North Carolina where hiking, camping, and biking are learned in preschool, it’s no wonder Phil has that country boy heart. In 2003, he transplanted to Telluride, CO to add skiing to his already active lifestyle. And June 2012 he married his strikingly pretty lady, Emily. It’s always a treat at TPC when he brings in a homebrew. Phil is The Pro’s Closet resident bike expert. He makes sure every cycle, frame, and wheel meets our standards for resale.
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Ricky is an elite level racer who came to join us mere mortals here at TPC. From the cold and windy city of Chicago, he made the pilgrimage here to Boulder, the Mecca for cyclists, for the year round sunshine and endless mountain roads. It’s a special place and Ricky agrees, a place for people that work hard and play hard too. He lives to ride his bike and loves the big community of like minded cyclists. Always down to to go on mid-day excursions, his favorite thing is being able to ride out from the shop on any Wednesday afternoon and see at least ten people he knows also out riding. But if you join him on one of these rides, don’t expect to just cruise behind him. He’ll scorch your lungs and legs and drop you like a hot single. This is factual information coming from the experiences of the many TPC peddlers left in his wake. His personal bike stable is lean, just like him, with his one single steed being a Di2 aero road bike that does it all: climbs, grinds, commutes, and gets dirty. When he’s not riding he loves hiking, eating, cooking, and finding new food joints. Like many pros, he can not only smoke you on the road, but at the dinner table too. He may leave you beaten, but while you’re wheezing on the ground from too much climbing, or eating too many cannolis, he’ll say to you, “No matter what it is, if you surround yourself with good people and keep an open mind, every obstacle you encounter is just an adventure.”
Our CFO Rob handles the dough, and is here to not only keep TPC afloat, but help us grow and improve. He’s here because he just loves helping people get on the bike they want — *cough* — he means need, the bike they need. A Chicago native, he began his cycling journey like many others aboard the requisite cheap BMX. As an adult he discovered the joys of road cycling, triathlons, and mountain biking. Bikes took him to Chile, where he toured rough dirt roads for a week on an old beat up Trek, and then to Aspen, where he first discovered Colorado’s exquisite singletrack. While honing his body, he honed his mind by studying engineering at Dartmouth, and later received an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Before coming back to Colorado he open a drumming bar (which is exactly what it sounds like, a bar for drinking and drumming). His hypnotic African rhythms once even got Oprah to come and party. He finally left Chicago to return to the mountains and to join the TPC team. Rob is also the intrepid first rider at TPC to explore the exciting new e-bike frontier. The rest of the shop watches in jealousy as he braaap’s his ultra fast Specialized Turbo into the sunset. On his way home he’s planning his next outdoor adventure, preferably to be spent with his wife and 3 daughters.
Ryan is an OG Coloradan, born and raised in Colorado Springs, his family having been here longer than most, long before the United States was even a nation. He studied Audio Engineering at Madison Media Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, graduating at the top of his class. Not surprising for someone who started his own record label at 19 and attended the Grammy Awards at 20 as a label owner. A bit of Madison has stuck with him too, as he brought back a love of fixie bikes, urban riding, and cyclocross. He knows he seems totally hipster, but he accepts that because riding is about joy, and not anything else. Other than bikes and riding, music and composing are still an integral part of his life. It drives him to continue to be creative, innovate, and to look at things from outside the box. He loves drawing with charcoal, skateboarding and snowboarding, but most of all, he loves spending as much time as possible with his amazing wife and stepdaughter. Beyond any of his accomplishments or hobbies, he is a true family man at heart.
Sean “SULLY” Sullivan
Sean, a.k.a. “Sully,” is originally from the wild country of Tasmania, Australia. He came to the United States to race bikes and stayed when he met the woman of his dreams at a BBQ in the Colorado high country. Sean has been racing bikes for the past 25 years and his claim to fame is that he was able to win a pro race on five different continents before retiring in 2013. He will soon be teaching his baby boy Elix how to ride bikes and share his father’s love for man’s greatest invention. Sean enjoys hiking, traveling, music, bikes, and dreams of one day owning a 1960’s Cadillac. He has also been staying active by training for his first marathon. When he isn’t hard at work in the posting department, Sean is enjoying the beautiful outdoors here in Boulder or playing with his little boy. What We Ride: Sean’s Concorde
California kid, Stephen, is originally from Grass Valley but grew up in Huntington Beach. Beyond that his origins and past are shrouded in secrecy and full of intrigue. He came to Boulder to find peace and tranquility in the mountains. He walks around the shop, silent and mysterious, deftly packing bikes and handling shipping orders with a sort of surgical precision that one could only possess after living through a lifetime of danger. Was he in special ops? A secret agent? The former drummer for Matchbox Twenty? No one knows. What we do know is that he runs a Rob Thomas fan club. Hmmmm. When not doing that, he likes doing anything that’s outdoorsy and exciting: snowboarding, skating, hiking, camping, 4 wheeling, and riding motorcycles. He likes riding downhill, but after some time at TPC, he hopes to learn to love pedaling uphill as well
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Steve was raised in a cabin with an outhouse and sled dog team in the back yard. Despite the -60F winters and brutal mud seasons, he still found time to fall in love with great outdoors and man’s greatest invention: the bicycle. Steve’s passion followed him to Western Colorado where BMX racing and Mountain biking were balanced with adventures to the deserts of the Colorado Plateau and the mountains surrounding Telluride and Ouray. After attending the University of Colorado, Steve set out to enjoy the Boulder lifestyle to the fullest: camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, and manicuring moustaches. Though his heart may lie somewhere in the labyrinth canyons of Eastern Utah, Steve is excited to find himself at The Pro’s Closet, where he strives to become a guru of quality control as the Shipping Department Manager. What We Ride: Steve’s Surly
Director of Ecommerce & Digital Marketing
The first bike Thomas ever built up was a classic 92 Fat Chance Yo Eddy, and its eye searing glitter orange paint job soon rocketed him into the heights of cycling nerdom. He came here all the way from Millwood, Virginia to nerd out on bikes with us, but also, for our great trails and skiing. Thomas studied Art and Economics at Sewanee, The University of the South, and Arts Administration at Columbia University. He’s cycled across the United States, Portugal, and Thailand on a vintage 80s Specialized Sequoia, but perhaps would rather be known for winning a New Yorker caption contest, a feat no one else in the shop will ever come close to achieving. When not at work, he’s tending his impressive indoor garden or brewing good beer in the garage. Back at the shop, he’s mastermind behind TPC’s marketing department, all the while he is aspiring toward 80 mile lunch break rides, and creating more perfect captions.
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A San Diego, California native, Tim grew up on the beach with the surf and salt air. But for as long as he could remember the mountains called to him from far away, like a whisper in his ear. As a student he studied Kinesiology at San Diego State University with an emphasis on Physical Therapy and has also earned multiple certifications as a bike fitter. But as years passed the whisper he heard grew and grew until one day he was no longer content to remain by the sea forever. Heeding the call he finally allowed himself to be pulled inland toward the mountains, settling with us here on the Front Range. As a staunch minimalist, he’s found a home at TPC, working to promote a culture of efficiency and continuous improvement. Besides riding after work with the TPC Crew he enjoys cooking, running with his Weimaraner, Cali, and camping. The sea hasn’t left him entirely though. It has remained with him in sport and in 2014 he dipped his feet back into the water, competing in the inaugural Boulder Ironman. A man of many disciplines, his future race objectives include the Xterra Trail Run World Championships.
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Travis has long been fascinated by great explorers, and lived a rather nomadic life of his own. Born in San Jose, California, his exploits have taken him around the country and across the ocean, with several stops in between. Accompanying Travis, is his wife, Sarah, and their three children, who engage in the outdoors with all the same vigor and passion. His wife has called him an “extreme hobbyist.” No matter what project he’s focused on, he becomes obsessed, dedicating himself to mastering it. With extensive experience in the bike industry, he’s finally settled here at The Pro’s Closet as our VP of Sales, bringing all his knowledge and determination to help take TPC to the next level.
This history buff left her Texas roots with aspirations of becoming part of the rich cycling culture that is bubbling over in Denver. Always exploring and searching for new trails, Val is taking full advantage of Colorado’s offerings. Currently, her go-to bike is the track bike she purchased from our warehouse neighbor, Alchemy Cycles. Before landing in the Centennial State, Val rode her bike from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska to raise money for cancer research, an adventure she described as “pretty cool”.
William Yates IV
West Virginian by birth, Coloradoan by lifestyle, Bill has followed in the footsteps left by so many mid-westerners before him. He started his adult life as a clean-cut mathematics student at Kent State University, but the calling of the mountains became too strong. He packed his bags and headed out west where he would live as a ski bum, grow out his beard, and live the life he could only dream of months earlier. One day before hitting the slopes, Bill realized his ratio of boards to bikes was terribly lopsided, so he moved to the front range to work in a bike shop and build his collection of sweet rides. We’re happy to announce he has added several bikes to his collection and balance has been restored.