Bikes blow my mind. They continue to impress me with what’s possible, where you can go, and the people you meet. I am always stoked on sharing experiences with others. These shared experiences keep pushing me to be creative and make new experiences, which enriches my love of the two-wheel machine.
RIDER NEWSMORE FROM THE COG
DATE OF BIRTH03/27/1991
RIDING WITH KONA SINCESummer of 2016
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KONA IN YOUR QUIVER AND WHY?My current favorite Kona is the Libre. While I love the Hei Hei and feel it’s an extension of my body in the woods, the Libre is just so versatile. A “if you had one bike what would it be?” type of bike. Its ability to run big tires and be fast and racy definitely tugs on my heart strings.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I am from Birdsboro, PA and live in Roanoke, VA now.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KONA OF ALL TIME AND WHY? (YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO HAVE OWNED IT)
The Hei Hei is my all-time favorite Kona rig. It’s such a light and nimble machine but can take more than its fair share of punishment from roots and rocks. It suits my riding style really well and is good for quick XC style races and all-day epics.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON?
I am most looking forward to throwing my hat in the gravel ring. I have raced gravel but this year it’s going to be more of a focus of mine. It’s a new challenge. In years past, I have focused on shorter MTB and CX races, 1-2 hours. This year the gravel races will be 130 miles! 4-7 hours! Bring on some discomfort.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TRACK/RACE OF 2021 (DOESN’T HAVE TO BE IN A RACE) AND WHY?
I did a four-day bikepack trip on the Rockstar Trail route. A 280 mile route that connects all the sick single track between Rock Town (Harrisonburg, VA) and Star City (Roanoke, VA). It just blew me away how many rad trails we have scattered around the Roanoke Valley.
WHO HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU?
Geoff Kabush continues to impress me with how much fun he has on a bike after such a long career. It’s cool how adaptable he has become at changing with the tides of what’s hot in cycling and how he continues to push himself to keep up with the younger generations, while still maintaining his self-belief. I hope to keep bikes as my career into my late 30’s and he is showing me how to keep that dream alive.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU RECEIVED?
Wool underwear. Haha! I don’t like synthetic fibers anymore. If there is one thing long travel days and bikepack trips have taught me, it’s that wool is the superior fiber for areas where the sun doesn’t shine.
IF YOU WERE A CEREAL, WHICH WOULD YOU BE & WHY?
Easy. Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Because not only is it the best tasting but it makes the most bomb cereal milk.
HOW WOULD YOUR LOCAL COFFEE BARISTA DESCRIBE YOU IN THREE WORDS?
Stone fruits. Bold Chocolate Undertones. Hint of Lime.
2021 STARTED TO FEEL NORMAL AGAIN, CAN YOU SHARE WITH US ONE HIGHLIGHT AND LOWLIGHT?
Last thing you Found?
The spirit of gravel in the desert during a 4-day bikepack trip with some friends, south of Tucson, near the Mexican border.
Last album you purchased?
Probably the Rolling Stones greatest hits way back in the 08’s.
Last account you unfollowed on Instagram?
Some dumb influencer account.
Last promise you made?
To Sherman my dog saying that I would be back soon after this trip.
Last podcast or audio book you listened to?
This American Life. It’s a classic.
Last thing you googled?
What is LTE? Trying to figure out the difference between 4 and 5g.
Last thing you shared?
Takis fuego chips on the bikepack trip. Bonking isn’t fun and Takis taste good.
Last good quote you heard or read?
When the catalinas turn pink, it’s time to drink! Haha
Last photo you took?
Our bikepack crew ripping busy city streets at sunset back into Tucson to finish our route.
Last time you were scared?
Two weeks ago. Sherman was staying at a friend’s house and got in a dog fight that left him with puncture wounds. We were in Belgium and there was nothing I could do!