We’re essentially a bunch of passionate goofs who love racing. We want to help introduce other urban riders to racing. Starting out racing is so much less intimidating when you have rad people to go with. We don’t care what you ride as long as you want to have fun. Our strategy is to mash the pedals, heads down until some immovable object inevitably stops us. Look to our tumblr for news, group ride info, and photos of our misguided antics.
Sean enjoys rocking the party that rocks the piñata. A motormouth who has been told that he’s “a lot like Jeremy Powers” in the fact that they both have an insane amount of energy. Sean’s ultimate cyclocross goal is to make it up to the Cat2 level.
Ben a.k.a “Mr. Ramen Noodles” can be described as a serious distance lover. He looks to hit the Brevet Series in New England just for the hell of it. You can often find him on Facebook posting rides of 70+ miles and then posting about how bad his knee feels. A tough guy who gets through it.
Eric B. is leader of the black market on bike parts. His museum…er apartment…is full of the goods. Need a part? Ask Eric! Need advice on what to do with a new build? Ask Eric! And oh yeah, he races like a champ. One of the founding members of Team STAMPEDE!
Chris - Weak of lung and shaggy of leg to start the season, Chris found himself wildly unprepared for the agony of near-daily training rides with a team a dozen years his junior. He is the same height, weight, and age as Levi Leipheimer, but has twomore kids, six less cats, and way more hair. Today, his goals include leading out our contenders, changing their frequent flats, and guarding the door of the Dunkin’ Donuts restroom while they butter on a little pre-race embrocation.The paceline often suffers from his ill-timed (or strategically planned) “dad farts.”
Ted is the team’s resident mountain biker and claims to have the hairiest legs and hairiest face on the team. He has spent much of his life working at three different bike shops, Idle Times Bike Shop in North Eastham, MA, Wissahickon Cyclery in NW Philadelphia, PA and The Old Spokes Home in Burlington, VT, but managed to escape the industry by the skin of his teeth about 4 years ago. You can find him in the woods mountain biking, on the sidelines heckling the roadies on the team, and in “category B” cross races (hint: the B is forbeard). Be careful what you ask him, though, as he’ll take any opportunity to talk for too long about his bike tour in Patagonia last year.
Matt B. was luckily born into a family where he was exposed early on to classic bikes and the details that made them special. From elementary school through college, the margins of every notebook he owned were filled with sketches of bikes, bike parts, and bike riders. Matt’s the goofball behind Budd Bike Works who likes poppin’ wheelies and riding cross bikes in the snow. Sometimes he gets a little overly excited when trying to share the freedom and excitement of riding stupid on a bike.
John does a little bit of everything. (John of all trades?) Road race? Yeah, and with a decent sprint. ‘Cross race? You bet. Track? A little of that, too. If he had a mountain bike, he’d race that as well. Team soigneur, even? You’re lookin’ at the team’s grillmaster, and pro-masseur. Cures cancer? No, seriously. Clever and witty off the bike, clever and cunning on the bike, John’s smart tactics and big sprint helped him upgrade to Cat 3 during the past road season. While he’ll admit he’s no climber, what’s worse is that he’s bad at living anywhere near the team. Grad school has led him to Pittsburgh for the time being. But, every once and a while he’ll make his way to meet up with the team, and when he does, awesome times are sure to follow.
Julia’s the main voice behind the team’s social media accounts. She also tries to keep the sponsors happy and organize kick-ass team events. She bounced right back from an accident where a car broke her leg and she broke its face, and is looking forward to a complete 2013 race season.