Category: Rider Profiles

New Team Member Profile: Jason King

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We’re excited to welcome Jason to the team this year. Here’s an introduction with a little bit about him.

Name: Jason King

Racing Age: 31

Hometown: Napa, CA

Current town: Santa Rosa, CA

Years Riding: ~12

Racing discipline: XC Mountain

What bikes do you ride? Felt Edict Nine 1

How long have you been with Team Lost Coast Brewery? 1st year

What got you into this bike-riding thing? I used to run competitively in High School and Junior College, riding some to cross train and if injured. I just enjoyed the speed, how far I could go, how much I could see, along with the tactics and skills to learn and always strive to improve on

What are you passionate about personally? Sharing my passions, experiences, and knowledge with others through teaching and coaching

What do you really enjoy? Bikes, beer, and braaaap!

What can’t you stop talking about? eating healthy, getting stronger/more fit, and being a beer snob.

Any cycling or life achievements you are particularly proud of? In cycling I have won and been on the podium at a bunch of races over the years; I graduated college and got a teaching credential with honors and scholarships in the Academic realm. But honestly coaching others to success and/or mentoring others to improve and succeed has given me a lot of pride and joy.

What would be impossible for you to give up? My health

How do you want to be remembered? Being an active, dedicated, passionate, and helpful person to others.



New Team Member Profile: Liz Gruber

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Liz in one of the new members we’re excited to have on Team Lost Coast Brewery for 2016. Here’s an introduction with a little bit about her.

Name: Elizabeth Gruber (Liz)

Racing Age: 26

Hometown: Redding, CA

Current town: Colorado Springs, CO

Years Riding: 10

Racing discipline: XC mountain bike

What bikes do you ride? Looking to race the Marin Team CXR 27.5 this season

How long have you been with Team Lost Coast Brewery? First Year!

What got you into this bike-riding thing? I have always had a love for endurance sports, exploring the mountains, and a competitive drive to become stronger and faster. When I switched over to the MTB from endurance running, I fell in love with the technical skill that comes with mountain biking. When you nail a section of trail that you’ve never made before- such a great feeling!

What are you passionate about personally? I am passionate about the kids and families I take care of as a nurse in the Pediatric ICU. It is an amazing privilege to be there for the families through that incredibly hard time. I also love coaching kids and have been a cross country and mountain bike coach.

What do you really enjoy? Going on epic mountain bike adventures with my closest friends. Two recent awesome adventures include riding all over Fruita and Moab! I also love playing games like Pictionary and Cards Against Humanity with my big, fun-loving family.

What can’t you stop talking about? My new espresso maker that I got for $10 on a Black Friday sale- $10! Dude, it’s so legit.

Any cycling or life achievements you are particularly proud of? I placed 2nd overall amateur at the off-road triathlon XTERRA World Championship last year. I was also one of the only four new graduate nurses in the state of Colorado to be offered a Pediatric ICU position for 2015.

What would be impossible for you to give up? Riding my bike- a no brainer! Oh and power-naps.

How do you want to be remembered? As someone who made big goals, persevered through the thick and thin, and came out as a stronger, more compassionate person.



New Team Member Profile: Kevin Moynihan

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Kevin in one of the new members we’re excited to have on Team Lost Coast Brewery for this year. Here’s an introduction with a little bit about him.

Name: Kevin Moynihan

Racing Age: 29

Hometown: Oak Park, CA

Current town: Davis, CA

Years Riding: 15

Racing discipline: XC

What bikes do you ride? Marin Rift Zone 8 and Marin Stelvio Pro, plus a host of other bikes, some homemade.

How long have you been with Team Lost Coast Brewery? First year!

What got you into this bike-riding thing? I was fat computer kid, so my parents funded the first bike. After that, I spent summers riding and racing DH at Big Bear and Northstar. I’d really say I started to like all-things-bike in college. Collegiate racing with the Cal Poly Wheelmen was rad. I tried road and XC, then decided road bike aren’t as fun.

What are you passionate about personally? Planning and doing awesome things.

What do you really enjoy? Doing awesome things, typically adventures like trekking the Himalayas, climbing the Grand Teton, or week(s) long road trips with bikes and beer. Or even just a day in the woods to shred some knobbies and make the “braapp” noise a bunch.

What can’t you stop talking about? Really amazing vegetarian sandwiches.

Any cycling or life achievements you are particularly proud of? After trying the Tahoe Sierra 100 MTB race and getting the smackdown, I set a goal (took two years) to do well at a NUE 100 mile MTB race and got 13th/99 in open at High Cascades last year. Checkkk!

What would be impossible for you to give up? Dark chocolate.

How do you want to be remembered? That guy that was really excited ‘bout ridin’ bikes.



New Team Member Profile: Chad Conzelmann

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Chad is one of the new members we’re excited to have Team Lost Coast Brewery for this year. Here’s an introduction with a little bit about him.

Name: Chad Conzelmann

Racing Age: 31

Hometown: Arcata, CA

Current town: Davis, CA

Years Riding: 4

Racing discipline: XC

What bikes do you ride? Marin Rift Zone 8, Marin Team CXR

How long have you been with Team Lost Coast Brewery? First year

What got you into this bike-riding thing? Kevin Moynihan talked me into doing a 24-hr mountain bike race on a 4-person team. I started training for it and was hooked.

What are you passionate about personally? Keeping myself healthy

What do you really enjoy? Bikes, mountain biking, snow skiing, being in the woods, camping, spending time with my wife, friends, and family, good food, and good beer.

What can’t you stop talking about? BIKES!!! (just ask anyone that’s around me)

Any cycling or life achievements you are particularly proud of? My biggest life achievement is losing 95 pounds and becoming a healthier, happier person. I also managed to sweet talk my wife into marrying me, which was pretty awesome. As for cycling, my first podium at Boggs racing Expert 8-hr Solo has been my proudest moment.

What would be impossible for you to give up? Coffee and breakfast sandwiches

How do you want to be remembered? As a good, honest person

 



New Team Member Profile: Gretchen Johnson

gretchen240Gretchen is one of the new members we’re excited to have Team Lost Coast Brewery for this year. Here’s an introduction with a little bit about her.

Name:  Gretchen Johnson

Racing Age:  34

Hometown:  Seiad Valley, CA

Current Town:  Fortuna, CA

Years Riding:  10

Discipline: Downhill

Time with Lost Coast Brewery:  First season

What got you into riding:  As an avid snowboarder, I needed a summer sport.  Mountain biking was the perfect way to have fun and stay strong, and it immediately became my first love!

What are you passionate about personally?  Doing what I can do to make the world just a little bit brighter.

What do you really enjoy?  The feeling of being alive that I have after doing something that scares me.  It’s a sense of accomplishment and strength to face my fears head-on.

What can’t you stop talking about?  Rocks.  Whether it’s from riding my bike over them and talking about line choice, or depicting the mineral make-up of them, or climbing them, they fascinate me!

Any cycling or life achievements you are particularly proud of?  Getting ten podiums in pro class during the 2013 season, and earning my pilot license in high school.  I was also flying powered parachutes solo at age 15.

What would be impossible for you to give up?  Adrenaline inducing outdoor activities. And of course IPA’s and black tea!

How do you want to be remembered?  As someone who inspired others, whether it be in the sport of mountain biking or other aspects of life.  I want to be a positive influence, and help others find their strength and courage.