TEAM CHUMBA USA
We are so proud of the riders who make up Team CHUMBA USA. Our group of riders consists of racers and explorers who are equally passionate about mountain biking and being leaders or mentors to the sport. We are lucky to include team riders who not only embody our mission at CHUMBA USA but who also push themselves to the limit. Whether they are going all out over the whole 2700+ miles of Tour Divide to compete for a top finish or exploring the backcountry and going where no bike has gone before we can count on these ladies and gents to put our bikes through the harshest conditions and come out smiling.
Joey Parent - Ultra Adventure Racer - Endurance Racing - Backcountry Expeditions
Joey isn't content to just ride the local loop. Recently, he completed a 500+ mile tour in Iceland all on horse trails, lava fields, and dirt roads. He also just completed his first Trans-North Georgia Race winning 1st as a Rookie. Joey has a true passion for the outdoors and as Virginia Commonwealth Univ.'s Assistant Director for the Outdoor Adventure Program he was one of the first to offer bikepacking as an outdoor pursuit.
Roberto Garcia y Lema - Adventure Photographer - Backcountry Expeditions
My cyclist mind is more wanderer than racer. Since I was a child, bikes have been transporting me from one dream to another or as I realized in the last year, from one photo to the next. I enjoy photography off the saddle a lot. My next travel will begin in less than two moths. I will depart this October 2015 to Morocco to ride for 22 days along the south of the Atlas mountains and the north of the Sahara desert. I will ride 1.200-1.300 km. with the Ursa Major Titanium fatbike. I hope to meet most of you someday, looking forward to share our experiences while drinking a beer or even for planning some new CHUMBA trip. Of course, if you ever come to Spain (for biking, working or whatever) our home is your home.
Kate Zander - PRO/CAT 1 XC - Backcountry Bikepacking
Though she spent the first half of her life in Australia, Kate loves the snow! She now leads back country adventures in the Colorado mountain towns of Breckenridge, Gunnison, & Steamboat. Attending Western State, close to mountain bike mecca, Crested Butte, Kate honed her skills and passion racing collegiate MTB. She is a NCAA Division 1 Nordic skier as well as adventure racer and is pro-licensed for off-road triathlons. She met her husband, Tim, racing in her "off-season" sport, ski mountaineering. One of their favorite activities is to pack up their bikes and hit the back-roads & trails, getting back to the basics of riding: rider, trail, environment and the shear bliss of riding down smooth flowy single-track after a long day of climbing. Best of all, they can set up a tent and enjoy the cool mountain air wherever the tires stop rolling.
Alex Alexiades - Ultra Adventure Racer - PRO/CAT 1 XC - Backcountry Expeditions
Alex guided and climbed all over the world for over 10 years, completing numerous first ascents including six new mixed ice and rock routes over 18,000ft in Bolivia before turning his attentions to mountain biking in 2012. During his first year on a mountain bike he got a podium in a 24 hour solo race, coming in 3rd. After that he was hooked on ultra-endurance distance racing and riding, taking podiums again in 24 hour solos and tying with fellow Chumba rider Joey Parent for 1st Place Rookie in the Trans North Georgia Adventure race. Alex currently lives in Yakima where, in addition to racing and riding all over the country, he also does a lot of mountaineering and alpine skiing. He is recently completed bikepacking trips in Ecuador, Patagonia, and Tibet and competed in 24 Hour Solo World Championships.
Seb Dunne - Ultra Endurance Racing and Bikepacking
Hailing from Australia Seb has some amazing riding to ride right in his backyard. Modest and positive Seb is a great addition to our team of inspiring athletes. We are excited to see what he does next and what challenges he'll throw his CHUMBA at!
Pete O'Brien - XC Racer
If you've ever looked at a hill and thought, "man this is going to hurt", tip your hat to our rider Pete. After losing a leg to cancer Pete continues to push himself to ride and race mountain bikes on challenging terrain. Pete is an above the knee amputee currently using a modified Bartlett knee. Pete is an amazing athlete to be around and he just completed the final stage of the 2014 Breck Epic! His spirit and perseverance inspires us all.
Kody Gibson - Adventure Film/Photo - Backcountry Bikepacking
Kody is a filmmaker, photographer, and outdoor addict. He simply refers to himself as a happy camper, and we can vouch for that! You'll find Kody on most of our adventures sharing his film expertise. Kody's enthusiasm with a bike and camera inspires us to take great photographs and soak in the beautiful destinations where we ride.
Brian Jett - Ultra Adventure Racer - PRO/CAT 1 XC - Backcountry Bikepacking
Ever since I can remember, I've been on a bike. It got me where I needed to go, kept me in shape & make the best of friends. Competing in mtb and road, plus bmx, both freestyle and race, the one thing I continue to like the most about cycling, is freedom. The bike can transform any person, it has no boundaries. The challenge of adventure and endurance racing pushes my physical, mental and emotional limits. Riding makes me whole.
Aaron Foreman - Fatbike and Endurance Racing - Backcountry Bikepacking - CHUMBA USA President
Besides having a different Leadville Trail 100 silver buckle for every day of the week, Aaron was a state champ on the collegiate track circuit. His cycling roots run deep, racing MX, BMX, MTB, Road and Track throughout his career. A trained physiotherapist Aaron encourages everyone around him to get fit, healthy and have fun doing it. Aaron has worked to rehabilitate numerous riders who are also amputees with incredible perseverance and is a sponsor of the Extremity Games Mountain Bike Event. You'll find Aaron spending his trail time between Austin and Breckenridge, CO. The two locations offer a wide range of terrain for any style of riding and keep Aaron excited and engaged in racing and trail riding. Aaron and his wife have three great children. He is excited to introduce them into mountain biking and their passion for riding and learning keeps Aaron inspired!
Eric Breckinridge - PRO/CAT1 XC - Endurance Racing
Eric lives and breathes bikes whether pushing himself to the limit racing PRO/Cat 1 or cruising downtown in flip flops on his vintage 3 speed. Give this guy an excuse to ride and expect to spend the rest of the day trying to keep up with him!
Vince Colvin - Open SS/CAT 1 XC - Backcountry Bikepacking - CHUMBA USA Operations Manager
Vince has been riding and wrenching on mountain bikes since 2001. He races the STELLA on CAT 1 and Single Speed Open races throughout TX. He recently completed a bikepacking route between volcanos in Ecuador. You can find Vince any weekend riding his RASTRO on Austin's technical trails. Always positive and trying to bring other people into the sport, his favorite local event is the Enchilada Buffet a full serving of 85+ miles of Austin's best singletrack and all the nastiest climbs to get there. Vince is also an artist and instructor and has a passion for drawing, painting and photographing the outdoors.
Rich Lewis - XC Single Speed
A firm believer that you should take advantage of great trails at your disposal no matter where you live, Richard has been riding and racing in the Appalachian foothills since 1998. From the beginning, he has focused on being an ambassador of the sport by encouraging others to push their boundaries, be it on a casual trail ride with old (and new) friends, or testing their mettle at a local race, all in the name of fun. He is currently competing in the Sport Single Speed class of the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship Series.
Lisa Lennon - XC - Endurance Racing - CAT 1 XC
Lisa's passion for cycling runs deep. She cycles everywhere-- from commuting to work to training road rides. But her real love is the trail. She loves mountain biking, and endurance mountain biking is her sport of choice. She recently won first place in the Slicks and Knobbies category in the 24 Hours in the Canyon at Palo Duro Canyon and Master's Women in the Tour of the White Mountains in Pinetop, Arizona. She will be competing in the TMBRA Endurance Series, the Austin Rattler-- to try her hand at qualifying for the Leadville 100, and future Epic Rides, possibly either the Grand Junction Off-Road or Carson City Off-Road.
Megan - XC - Endurance Racing - CAT 1 XC
Most people consider a sandbox and swing set as a playground, but mine are the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. I started riding bikes 4 years ago, when I joined my high school’s mountain bike team. I quickly discovered my passion for the sport. I love the camaraderie between cyclists, the adventure of the ride, and the quest for the perfect trail. With passion there is persistence. This has helped me win the TMBRA Texas Cup, and NICA’s Texas HS MTB League Varsity Girl’s State Championship. I’m heading to Sam Houston State Univ. in the Fall, and I plan to start a club cycling team there. I can’t wait to see what my next adventure on my STELLA Titanium will be.