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Rider of the Month - November 2015

 

Our Rider of the Month is Tommy Bryant. A long time member, past club president and supporter of the SSFTA, Tommy is a pillar in the MTB'ing community in and around Kern County. Let's learn a little more about him:

 

Q. How did you become interested in mountain biking?

I was raised on 2 wheels. Our parents loved bikes. So, mtb's were a progression of life for me.

 

Q. At what age did you begin mountain biking?

20 years young

 

Q. What was your first mountain bike?

Schwinn Prairee from what I remember.

 

Q. When did you start riding with the Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association?

I started riding with the then Mountain Weenies in the late '80's. About '87 or '88 I was invited to ride Keyesville by Leon Welch.

 

Q. What do you enjoy the most about the club?

The friendships that I have forged with Club members have been absolute blessings. Much love for all you folk.

 

Q. What bike are you currently riding?

I have a great stable of rigs. My fav. is my Spot Brand belted single speed.


Q. What is your favorite trial (local and/or out of town)?

My fav trail is KRT locally and the High Mesa Trails in Gallup,NM. for elsewhere.

 

Q. Do you have any upcoming races or events planned? What are your goals or plans for the upcoming year?

I will be racing a few 6HR Solo races in the next season. Racing the 6HRS of Temecula in Nov. and the Ridgecrest Classic too.

 

Q. Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Hope to see ya all much more this year. (EDITORS NOTE: Tommy will be seeing a lot more of the club this year, as he's our newly elected Vice Presidnet for the upcoming 2016 year.)

   

Rider of the Month - April 2015

 

Our Rider of the Month is Chauncey Mize. A long time member and supporter of the SSFTA, you can often spot Chauncey riding in the foothills or at events where he represents the club. Let's learn a little more about him:

 

Q. How did you become interested in mountain biking?

Chauncey:  I was invited to go on a Sunday ride with the beginner group by a long time friend, who happened to have a bike I could try. It was probably the hardest bike ride I had been on in over 20 years, and I was hooked.

 

Q. At what age did you begin mountain biking?

Chauncey:  33

 

Q. What was your first mountain bike?

Chauncey:  I remember it well......it was a Haro Shift R1 Full Suspension. It was a full custom build, with Rock Shox Revolution U Turn forks, Kenda Navegal tires on SOS Ringle Wheels and Profile Hubs, Shimano XT drivetrain and Hayes Stroker brakes!

 

Q. When did you start riding with the Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association?

Chauncy:  That Sunday, after my 33rd birthday, in fact.

 

Q. What do you enjoy the most about the club?

Chauncey:  The out of town rides, the local rides, and the attitude that all riders are welcome regardless of skill level. That's very important to attract new people, as well as retain long time members.

 

Q. What bike are you currently riding?

Chauncey:  Santa Cruz Superlight custom build, and occasionally the Single Speed.


Q. What is your favorite trial (local and/or out of town)?

Chauncey:  Montana De Oro is an absolute favorite, with the Stenner Creek/Shooters loop a close second....Mount Pinos is a close 3rd.

 

Q. Do you have any upcoming races or events planned? What are your goals or plans for the upcoming year?

Chauncey:  Springville FTC is in October, I have planned to make the last two events there and missed out. This year, I will go.

 

Q. Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Chauncey:  Just have fun, keep an open mind and always look for ways to improve not only your riding style, but your local trails and haunts.

   

Rider of the Month - March 2015

Congratulations to our RIDERS of the month, Wayde and Yoko Shimoda! They both joined our club in November 2014, and have been staples on the Sunday morning ride since. 

 

Wayde:

 

Q: How did you become interested in mountain biking? (age, first bike)

 

I was probably 13 years when I got my first bike. I turned my sting ray bike into a mountain bike. As a kid, I always enjoyed riding in the dirt. At age 20 I was involved in a serious automobile accident where I cracked my pelvis and shattered my leg and was in traction for three months. A drunk driver hit me. Doctors said I would never be able to run again and I would walk with a limp. Once I began physical therapy, my therapist told me that bike riding would be very good exercise to rehabilitate my body as running was too hard for me at that time. I started out on my old road bike and realized how much fun bike riding was again.  I then met Yoko and wanted to impress her so I rode from my house in Culver City to Westlake Village via Pacific Coast Hwy and Kanan Dunes Road (about 75 miles).  We both did a lot of cycling in Thousand Oaks where we lived after we got married and then I got my first real mountain bike soon after. Mtn bike riding was great cross training for my road racing because it taught me really good bike handling skills. We moved to Bakersfield 20 years ago and had not been on a bike due to being busy with work and other hobbies.  Then on my birthday last year, Yoko surprised me by offering to buy me a new mountain bike. I rode it a little bit to and from work and decided I wanted to ride around some local trails.  Low and behold, I found the club website.  In November I went on my first Sunday morning beginners ride and threw up when I got to the truck because it was so hard!

 

Q: When did you start riding with the club?

 

November of 2014.

 

Q: What are you currently riding?

 

Cannondale Scalpel 29

 

Q: What do you enjoy most about the club?

 

Riding with the club members, I really enjoy that.

 

Q: What is your favorite trail?

 

Mr. Toads wild ride

 

Q: Upcoming races/events?

 

None so far

 

Q: What are your goals or plans for the year?

 

To lose an additional 20 lbs to help me keep up with everybody else on the hills.

 

Q: Is there anything else you would to share?

 

I am really looking forward to seeing the new club jersey because that is one of the reasons I joined.

 

 

Yoko:

 

Q: How did you become interested in mountain biking? (age, first bike)

 

My first bike was probably at the age of 4 or 5 as I was a very active child. At age 9 or 10, I rode sting ray bikes as I loved popping wheelies and going up and down dirt hills.  I got into cycling when I met Wayde to help him get stronger as he recovered from his accident.  We joined the Conejo Valley Cyclist Bike Club and rode all over Ventura County.  When we got our first mountain bikes, we really enjoyed the challenging hills of that area.

 

Q: When did you start riding with the club?

 

My first club ride was the week after Wayde did his first ride with the club in November. He told me how much fun he had.

 

Q: What are you currently riding?

 

Specialized

 

Q: What do you enjoy most about the club?

 

I really enjoy the camaraderie and the helpful attitude of everyone as I am still learning the techniques. Everyone makes us feel welcome and appreciates how the club waits for everyone at the top or bottom of the hills!

 

Q: What is your favorite trail?

 

Mr. Toads wild ride

 

Q: Upcoming races/events?

 

None so far

 

Q: What are your goals or plans for the year?

 

To make it through Mr. Toads without crashing! Seriously, I want to hone my riding skills to become a better rider.  I also would like Wayde to buy me a nicer Mountain Bike! I also would like to ride in other areas.

 

   

Rider of the Month - February 2015

Congratulations to our rider of the month, Paul Gamino II! 

Q: How did you become interested in mountain biking? (age, first bike) 

I got into biking on a dare when my swimming buddies dared me to do the very first Bakersfield Bud-light Triathlon at Lake Ming back in the 80's.  After that I was hooked and I heard about a new race they were starting out on Nickels Ranch called the Glinn and Giordano Mountain Bike Biathlon. That first event was a muddy event and more than have the people dropped out because their wheels wouldn't turn or their bikes were too heavy to carry. 

Q: When did you start riding with the club?

I have yet to ride with the club, but I did do the Rumble for the first time in a long time. 

Q: What are you currently riding? 

A Trek that I bought at Action Sports. Kerry Ryan made an offer I couldn't refuse. 

Q: What do you enjoy most about the club? 

I'm hoping to take part in the rides you folks put on. 

Q: What is your favorite trail (local and/or out of town)?

I live on Panorama Drive so I'm close to the foothills but I have to say that Rumble was just amazing and some parts especially the down hills were nothing I'd ever been on before. I had a blast and only crashed three times lol. 

Q: Upcoming races/events? 

Mountain biking probably none, but I "REALLY" like the All Action Sports TT's on Bena Road.  Kern Wheelman Duathlon coming up in April 27 I believe is a big event for me. I'm doing a Triathlon in Fresno in April and the Bass Lake Triathlon. 

Q:  What are your goals or plans for the year?

Train whenever I can and use my Mountain bike to get stronger on the up-hills and you have no choice but to become a better technical rider riding a mountain bike that's for dang sure lol.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I totally enjoyed the first meeting and will try to attend as many as I can and support our club as much as humanly possible.  It's a good group I only wished I'd bought a mountain bike earlier and made this a bigger part of my cross-training. 

 
   

Rider of the Month - January 2015

Starting off our 2015 Rider of the Month: Steve Zimmerman. Steve has  been riding with the Sunday morning group, and had a wreck that kept him off the bike for a bit of time, but he's back at it now. Let's learn more about him:

 

First I would like to thank all everyone who assisted me when I crashed on the lead in trail to toads this is the reason I ride with you guys and gal’s great bunch of people who will go out of their way to help someone. Now for the pearl of wisdom always check or change the sealant in your tubeless tires, that’s what happened I rolled the bead off the rim, the bike had not been ridden in a while.

     I started my love for dirt in 1969 with dirt bikes, I have raced Motocross and Desert for twenty years and I have the bad back to show for it. In 1990 I started back racing Motocross and needed to cross train so I purchased a Specialized Hard Rock, so I have been riding the foothills that we ride in for twenty five years.

        In 2012 I started riding Mountain Bikes with friends from work and we would always see the SSFTA riding the foothills and Bob came over with a SSFTA card told us we could join the group anytime well the buddy’s from work stopped riding and so I went out and rode with the Sunday group. Really enjoyed the ride and the fellowship of the riders. Currently riding a Trek Fuel 9 with fresh sealant in the tubeless tires. The one bucket list trail is the McKenzie River Trail out of Eugene Oregon rode this one in 1998 while working in Oregon. Here locally they are all good trails what’s most important is the people who you are riding with, Good Food, Good Beer and Good Friends.

        Due to injury’s I could not complete in the Rio Bravo Rumble and looks like the Foothill Classic is out too maybe the Keysville Classic but I will be doing some Century road rides and for the Spooktacular it will be the Breckenridge loop.

     Hope to be riding with you all soon.

      

Helmets are required on all rides because mountain biking can be a dangerous activity, even while just hangin’ around before or after a ride!

The SSFTA is a fun social group and our invitation to ride is not an assumption of any liability whatsoever on the Club’s, member’s, sponsor’s, or affiliate’s part. The terrain and group-ride dynamics can be extremely variable and can possibly exceed any rider’s ability at any time. The SSFTA is not responsible for accidents or ignorance on yours or anyone’s part.

Your decision to show up and ride with SSFTA or any of its members, affiliates, sponsors, et al., expressly waives your right to blame anyone else for your or others poor judgment, mishaps, equipment failures, dumb luck, or any other “lame-blame-game” or excuse you or others may harbor or concoct.

Speaking of equipment failures, if yours does, someone else might be able to fix it but you should be prepared to deal with it without counting on others. Wear proper clothing and by all means come prepared to hydrate and nourish yourself before and during the event. You should also consult with a physician before attempting any exercise (and you should consult with a psychiatrist if you have any other issues). Always carry clear identification and insurance cards.

“Remember, in man vs oak tree the oak tree wins” C.K.

 

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