Photo: Joey Schusler
Full time enduro racing. Dabble in all disciplines for fun.
Do you compete on a team or for other sponsors?
I am a privateer. My partners are SRAM, RockShox, Yeti, Ergon, Smith, Oskar Blues, Maxxis, Stages Power, TLD Bike, Enduro MTB Training, and MRP.
Greatest personal accomplishment:
I have won a bunch of races, titles, yada, yada, yada. I am just happy to be pursuing my passions and making a job out of my love for bikes.
Favorite place you have ever trained or competed:
I fancy spending time in Whistler, Sedona, and South America. The trails in these particular areas are highly engaging and hold my interest.
Memorable training or competition moment:
Here is a good story from my most recent race in Moab. I was participating in a 4 stage enduro race at the Klondike Bluff trail system. In Stage 2 I hit the ground really hard and upon getting up, I realized that a camera man caught the entire incident. Perfect. You should have seen the look on his face when I scampered around to get back on my bike. After finishing the stage, I was fortunate to have some help from the friendly medics. Some gauze and tape, and I was on my way. I finished the next two stages, pedaled to the car, and promptly drove myself to the ER. After a few ex-rays, a bunch of bleeding, and 10 stitches, I was merrily on my way out of the hospital. I returned to the race venue, because I never miss a barbecue, and was just in time for the awards ceremony. Well, apparently I ended up winning the race and had to use my bicycle as a crutch to get up on the top step of the podium. Fortunately, flesh heels, beer still tastes good, and the prize money covered my medical expenses. I call it a wash. Wear your knee pads kiddies!
Favorite Stinger fuel:
Any and every Honey Stinger waffle I have ingested.
Habits, routines, or superstitions:
I never wash the outside of my car. 6 years, true story.
Piece of advice you would like to pass on:
Bikes don’t win races, people win races. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of some of the best bike technology on the planet, but it’s not the car, its the driver. Passion and determination win every time.
Photo: Joey Schusler
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