ATHLETES AND AMBASSADORS
For Kirt Voreis, riding bikes has always been about having fun. From riding recumbents to sending the Black Sage FEST jumps on a 29er, he’s never been one to limit himself to one type of bike. Armed with amazing bike handling skills and a colorful personality, Kirt has continually shown it’s more about how you ride rather than what you ride.
• Right Here, Right Now // Kirt Voreis (9:34 mins)
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Syd Schultz and Macky Franklin
Syd and Macky are a couple of professional mountain bike racers who live in a van and travel the country (and the world) in search of the best mountain bike races. They race a variety of events, everything from gravel and cross-country to enduro and downhill, and their main criteria is the race vibe, not the race type, with a focus on unique, fun, epic events.
Make sure to check out their YouTube channel where they share a behind-the-scenes look at what it's really like to be professional mountain bike racers -- what it's like to live on the road, ride your bike for a living and travel the world in search of the best races -- as well lots of things you should (and shouldn't) do if you're interested in doing a mountain bike race. They share their great days, their gnarly crashes and just about everything in between.
YouTube Channel: Syd And Macky
What is your greatest cycling accomplishment?Winning my second Dirty Kanza title because I proved to myself that the first year wasn’t just a fluke.
What is your proudest non-cycling accomplishment?Anything I’ve done that’s made my parents proud.
When did you first start cycling?When my dad decided it was time to teach me how to balance on my bike. I proceeded to crash and split my chin open, but that feeling of freedom was all I needed to fall in love with the bike.
If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?I’d love to explore Indonesia by bike because it’s where my mom is from.
Baggies or Spandex?Both!
Who is your celebrity role model (or crush?)
Jimmy O. Yang.
What would you like people to know about you that they can't see from your social profiles?I’m originally a swimmer and I’m happiest near water.
Dylan discovered mountain biking when he was 12 years old and since then cycling has been one of the biggest components of his life. He's now a cycling coach and YouTuber and an accomplished ultra endurance racer having won the National Ultra Endurance Series 3 times. Dylan is at home when rides and races get long whether that be on the mountain bike or the gravel bike.
Regular viewers of Dylan's YouTube channel know that he's thinker and takes a scientific approach to training and bike racing but more than that he simply loves riding his bike and spends hours a day doing it. Dylan's channel is loaded with training tips along with bike check and other gear related videos as well as detailed race break downs. He's a racer that doesn't mind sharing his secrets!
Check out Dylan's YouTube channel here.
What is your greatest cycling accomplishment?My biggest accomplishment so far has been winning the North American Enduro Championship in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Each one of those years was so challenging in its own ways and they were a huge learning experience. It feels so good to set a goal at the beginning of the year and accomplish it.
What is your proudest non-cycling accomplishment?The biggest accomplishment off the bike was reaching out to the local recreation district in my home town of Chico, California and convincing them that we needed a free public pump track park where kids and adults could go ride without any worry of being hassled. I helped them design, fundraise, and construct the tracks and it has turned into one of the cities most well used parks even 5 years later. It was the first fully legal, free place you could ride a bmx bike or dirt jumper in the area.
When did you first start cycling?I started riding bikes after I had a bad experience with a football coach in my sophmore year of high school. I was going through a lot at home and then getting yelled at every day by an angry, out of shape dude everyday didn't really work for me, ha ha! I bailed on football, and started riding dirtjumps and street bmx at a very low level when I was 15. I found mountain bikes at age 16 and never really looked back.
If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?If i could ride anywhere in the world I would choose, maybe Moab, Utah or Sedona, Arizona. The unique red rocks that they have in both places offer so many different line choices and opportunities to be creative. It reminds me of my old bmx street riding days, ha ha!
Baggies or Spandex?I have always been a baggies guy, ha ha! No judgement though, my hairy legs and tall socks look funny in spandex!
Who is your celebrity role model (or crush?)
I would say my celebrity role model would be Richard Branson. I love the fact that he comes from nothing, failed out of school because he was dyslexic, and went on to be one of the most influential and successful people in the world, all while just being a big kid. Plus I like the fact he uses his money for good, with so many donations overseeing various disaster relief efforts and is also trying to launch commercial space flights. He just seems like a very cool passionate guy.
What would you like people to know about you that they can't see from your social profiles?I guess I wish they could see all of the back end work that goes into "being a pro". Just because I wish up and coming kids had a better blueprint to follow. I think people now just assume that you need to be a good rider and post videos to get sponsored and while that is true in some cases, to actually make a living doing this requires a lot of work in various fields. I have 18 brands that I am working with this season and each one of those relationships takes a completely different approach and thought process for me to bring value to the table. I spend a ton of time providing current product feedback, helping develop prototype parts, working on marketing and sales campaigns, coordinating travel logistics for myself throughout the year, registering for events, traveling, writing event recap emails, consolidating media assets for my sponsors to use, negotiating contracts, doing social media, and trying to connect the dots with OEM accounts whenever possible. Just like any job there is a lot that goes into it that is unseen and I wish kids could see more of that, so they know how to present themselves. Maybe I just need to do a better job of talking about that stuff and showing people what they could do to help their chances of making this a career..
What is your greatest cycling accomplishment?Winning Dirty Kanza in 2015.
What is your proudest non-cycling accomplishment?Watching my wife, who is the executive director of the NorCal HS Cycling League, inspire the next generation of cyclists. She has been in this role for a decade.
When did you first start cycling?I picked up a bike late in life. After a collegiate career playing lacrosse at Cal Berkeley, I discovered the MTB while teaching at a prep school back east when I was 24 yrs old.
If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?The South Island of NZ. Road, MTB, gravel, you name it, NZ is a magical place to ride your bike.
Baggies or Spandex?Bagdex...you know, cuz I wear both.
Who is your celebrity role model (or crush?)Jeff Lebowski.
What would you like people to know about you that they can't see from your social profiles?That I’m a shoe whore and have more pairs in the closet than my wife does.
What is your greatest cycling accomplishment?My greatest cycling accomplishment would have to be qualifying for three World Cup 4x main events.
What is your proudest non-cycling accomplishment?My proudest noncycling accomplishment would have to be finding my girlfriend! Finding someone who can cope with me on a daily basis is no easy feat.
When did you first start cycling?I started at 7 years old when my dad started bringing home bike magazines to get me to go outside.
If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?Whistler! Not very original I know but that place is all about the good times and for me between the races fun times are all that matters.
Baggies or Spandex?Back in the day baggies were all me but I’m more of slim fit jeans kinda guy nowadays. Never spandex though. That wouldn’t be fair on people’s eyes.
Who is your celebrity role model (or crush?)My celebrity crush.... probably have to go with Blake Lively.
What would you like people to know about you that they can't see from your social profiles?I work in construction 9 to 5 and love to chill at home with some Mexican food watching sitcoms on the tv most nights of the week.