A native of the Cascade Coast region, Spencer grew up in the small town of Trout Lake, Washington. There he first encountered mountain biking through a chance mix of bushwhack fishing hole missions, chasing mountain goats on Mt. Adams, and building shortcuts through the woods to his friends' houses. Now officially a "family man" (Spencer became a dad in 2017) in Season 8 with Kona, Spencer brings a depth of experience to the team and returns with a new form of the "blue collar" approach that he had when he began with Kona in 2011. Over the years he has not only racked up competitive results (he’s a 6-time member of the US National Team for World Championships, multi-time podium finisher at the US National Championships, two-time Olympic Long Team member, and yes, 4-time bridesmaid at BC Bike Race), he has also made important contributions to Kona's new generation of cross country products, and now contributes to the broader outdoor community with his own coaching business.
RIDER NEWSMORE FROM THE COG
DISCIPLINES / RIDING OR RACING FOCUSEndurance with (anti)gravity influence in mountains
KONAS IN YOUR QUIVERHei Hei, Process 153, Honzo, Super Jake, Zone LTD, Rove NRB, Shonky
DATE OF BIRTHDecember 9, 1984
RIDING WITH KONA SINCE2011
PERSONAL TOUCHES ON YOUR BIKES
Nerd Notes: At 5' 9.5" I ride our large sized frames for MTB to better match my relatively long torso length/short leg length. For XC/marathon racing, I run a special negative-rise short stem which allows me to keep the bar at an optimal height for leverage and riding while allowing me to run the larger frame and longer travel up front.
At this point, the ride itself is the ritual, especially the earlier in the day it starts, or the bigger the ride it is.
FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
From Trout Lake, Washington, live in Bellingham, Washington
GOALS FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Discover my #DadStrength
THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU
I like cold showers.
In college I thought I might become an epidemiologist.
When I was a young kid I thought it was cool to wear button shirts, black jeans with holes in the knees, Velcro shoes, and play "office".
FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2017
Becoming a father in July.
Some distant runner-ups, but runner-ups no less include:
- Overnight Bham-to-Baker ski-bike mission and the clear evening on Marmot Ridge, looking over the lights of Bellingham and Vancouver.
- Burgers at Milt's Stop & Eat after a 2-day ride from Grand Junction, CO
- Cold beer and a brick of cheese after finishing the self-imposed, ridiculous "Challenger High" ride
- The Hodala slip & slide mid-race at the Woodland Park GP cyclocross race in Seattle
THIS OR THAT?
NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE?
YouTube. Who's got time for movies? Plus, I have never owned a TV.
FLIP-FLOPS / SANDALS?
Flips. Best contrast to bike shoes.
LAUNDRY OR DISHES?
Dishes. Clean clothes are just a more satisfying reward than clean dishes.
WOULD YOU RATHER BECOME A NINJA OR A PIRATE?
Ninja. In my opinion, the ninja has a bit more refined skillset and legendary abilities. But mainly, I don't think I'm cut out for life on the high seas.
PHONE CALL OR TEXT?
Text. Quick, makes phone calls relatively more important.