Samuel “Sandy” Sweetland comes from an extensive mountain bike and cyclocross background bringing great technical handling skills to the FMBR team. Look for him on the trails in the Valley and at select road races in 2016 – welcome to the team Sandy!
“Racing by yourself sucks,” Nathan Greenwood says and we at FMBR couldn’t agree more. We’d add that drinking great beer is not as enjoyable by yourself either. Nate is looking forward to both drinking awesome beer and racing with tons of FMBR teammates this season.
Wise words from a man who knows what it’s like to be on the top step of the podium whether it be a XC mountain bike race or a curvy criterium. Nate packs a powerful kick at the finish of races and enjoys technical parcours.
Robert ‘Bobby’ Lozoya originally started on the dark side (running, then triathlons), but a bum knee unwilling to take the impacts of consistent pavement pounding brought him into cycling full time in 2011 with UCSB Cycling and he hasn’t looked back since.
A software test engineer for the local tech giant RightScale keeps him busy during the day, but dreams of winning the Copperopolis Road Race occupy his thoughts during his training hours. He is also looking forward to making the journey to tackle the Gila Monster this year in New Mexico!
John ‘Cheezy’ Echeveste has raced 100+ times in the SCNCA/NCNCA districts since 2008 – chances are, if you want some intel on a race, he’ll have done it and be able to offer guidance. We’re lucky to have such an experienced, well respected and dynamic teammate on FMBR this season.
By day, Cheezy is the Architect & Manager of Desktop Services & User Support at UCSB – Life Sciences Computing Group. You can find him on the Tuesday Hammerfest ride out of Goleta as well as the Thursday OSM nooner group. When not cycling, the man loves his beer, Barley (dog) & his girlfriend Caroline (not in that order, of course).
Soft with his words, Owen Thomas does his talking (aka pain inflicting) aboard his Colnago EP. All weekend long he was hanging with the big guns on the elite team during camp; whether it was on the climbs, flats or descents he was crushing, floating and dissecting every bit of road beneath him.
Owen is coming into the season super fit likely because he’s a stalwart on the Thursday OSM ride. He hopes to take this early season fitness to his master cohorts and crush fields around the state in the hillier classics like Mt. Hamilton & Pine Flat. We’re stoked to have him on the FMBR team and excited to support his successful 2016 racing campaign!
Find him in the mountains around Santa Barbara and follow his riding exploits on Strava.
Besides being a Masters category competitive cyclist, Jason is also a father of two boys (young men now), a husband, and works as an electronics engineer in Goleta. You will often find him out on the lunch time group rides around Goleta during the week, or doing his weekly Fig Mountain loop practically every Friday morning.
With a cross-country ski background and a master’s in biomechanics Kirk Nordgren was built to be an endurance bike racer. Over the past few years he has moved up quickly into the elite road ranks and dominates just about every MTB race he enters.
He is also the General Manager at Carmichael Training Systems in Santa Ynez. Chances are if you have a question regarding training, recovery, nutrition or anything else in between (regardless of the endurance sport you are pursuing), Kirk will have some guidance for you – an amazing asset to have on FMBR this season.
She is joining Julia as the other women on FMBR for the inaugural season – we guarantee that number will grow next year! Previously she competed for UCSB Cycling where she served as team comedian to keep the racing light-hearted and fun. Like Julia, she hopes to find her “inner climber” this year and train hard on OSM cracking 20 minutes sometime soon.
The owner of One Way Boardshop with his brother Dan for over the last 15 years, Pankratz is an avid and skilled boarder (surf/skate/snow) as well – his balance and technical skills shine on hilly and technical racing terrain. He is looking forward to suffering through some stage races this season (San Dimas and Chico?) and upgrading to the Elite level.
Shooting to crack the top 10 at XC Nationals in Mammoth this July, Tyler also brings strong perseverance and teamwork to our devo squad looking to upgrade quickly on the road in 2016.