Austin Team

Meet The Austin Shop Guys

Triathlon season is officially underway! And the BW Racing Team is already putting up podium performances, prepping for Ironman Texas and looking forward to a fun day at the Rookie Tri next weekend. We hope to see you there!

We’ll start with a little racing update. It’s been a busy month! Doreen Redenius raced Oceanside 70.3 in sunny California, earning a spot on the podium in 5th place in her age group with a smoking time of 5:22:24 on a notoriously tough course in a stacked field.

Closer to home in Galveston, at IMTX 70.3, BW Racing Team Coach Paul ‘Barny’ Matthews, placed 5th among the competitive male pros, finishing in 3:49:09. And all four BW age group athletes placed in the top 10: Haley Koop’s 4:56:16 landed her in 9th (F30-34), Todd Sapio’s 4:30:33 secured 9th (M35-39); Aaron Shapley’s 4:36:48 took 10th (M40-44); and my 5:02:49 was good enough for a 2nd (F40-44).

While some of us were swimming, biking and running, others chose some single-sport events to get things started this spring. Alan Smith and Padre Mora both completed the Castell Grind 100k gravel bike ride. And BW’s director of team programs, Natasha Van der Merwe took second overall and was the first female finisher at the First Responder Half Marathon in Waco this past Sunday with a smoking-fast time of 1:28:15.

There’s still plenty of racing to come this season (Follow Coach Barny this weekend at Ironman Texas in the Woodlands!) and we’re excited it’s off to such a terrific start. But we’ve definitely got lots of training ahead as the summer months approach. We hope you’ll join us at one of our several weekly FREE community workouts. There are options all over town, every day of the week, morning and evening. Check out the schedule here to find out which sessions work best for your schedule. Then come get your sweat on with us.

If you’re going to be racing this season, you’ll need to get your bike into the shop for regular tune-ups and maintenance. You’ll also need gear, nutrition and the helpful advice of bike specialists. The experienced and knowledgeable guys and gal at Bicycle World do an incredible job, so get to know them below and then bring in your bike for the special treatment it deserves and stock up on all your triathlon supplies.

MORGANN

Q: What do you do at Bicycle World?

A: I am the store director and service manager.

Q: What kind of cycling are you into?

A: I am into BMX and mountain bikes.

Q: What is the most common question you hear from triathletes in the store? And what’s your answer?

A: How can I be faster? The answer is, ceramic bearings.

Q: What’s the most important piece of gear for a new triathlete?

A: A safe helmet.

Q: What’s your favorite product at Bicycle World?

A: Our custom-build bike. It is an all black Giant TCR that only weighs 14 pounds.

Q: How did you get into cycling?

A: I got into cycling by watching BMX videos as kid. Then, one day my dad got me a BMX bike.

Q: What kind of bike(s) do you ride?

A: I ride a Mutiny BMX bike.

PAUL

Q: What do you do at Bicycle World?

A: I am the assistant manager of the shop. I help out in every way I can, from sales to service.

Q: What kind of cycling are you into?

A: I am into all kinds of cycling: road, mountain, city, and touring.

Q: What is the most common question you hear from triathletes in the store? And what’s your answer?

A: How can I get faster at cycling? The answer is, get a bike fit, or re-check your fit if you have already gotten one.

Q: What’s the most important piece of gear for a new triathlete?

A: A bento box (a compartment on your bike for nutrition and other cycling essentials.)

Q: What’s your favorite product at Bicycle World?

A: My favorite product is our Swiftwick socks.

Q: How did you get into cycling?

A: I started cycling when I was 7 and never stopped.

Q: What kind of bike(s) do you ride?

A: I ride a Giant Toughroad for touring and a Chamba mountain bike.

JORGE

Q: What do you do at Bicycle World?

A: I am a mechanic.

Q: What kind of cycling are you into?

A: Mountain biking

Q: What is the most common question you hear from triathletes in the store? And what’s your answer?

A: The question I always get is, “Will it be done today?” My answer is always, “I will try my best.”

Q: What’s the most important piece of gear for a new triathlete?

A: A good bike.

Q: What’s your favorite product at Bicycle World?

A: All Rocky Mountain bikes.

Q: How did you get into cycling?

A: I got into cycling when I was looking for a way to cross train for motocross.

Q: What kind of bike(s) do you ride?

A: I ride full-suspension, plus mountain bikes.

MIKE

Q: What do you do at Bicycle World?

A: I’m the shop's fit specialist and a sales associate.

Q: What kind of cycling are you into?

A: I am into BMX and mountain biking.

Q: What is the most common question you hear from triathletes in the store? And what’s your answer?

A: They always ask, “How do I look on my bike?” I tell them it doesn’t matter. It's about the feel and fit of the bike.

Q: What’s the most important piece of gear for a new triathlete?

A: The correct saddle

Q: What’s your favorite product at Bicycle World?

A: My favorite product is the Pro Stealth Saddle.

Q: How did you get into cycling?

A: After watching the film E.T. in 1982.

Q: What kind of bike(s) do you ride?

A: I ride a custom-built hardtail mountain bike.

NATASHA

Q: What do you do at Bicycle World?

A: I’m a sales associate and also do community outreach for the shop.

Q: What kind of cycling are you into?

A: Right now, I’m into just city biking. But I’m slowly getting into road and mountain biking, too.

Q: What is the most common question you hear from triathletes in the store? And what’s your answer?

A: I always get asked, “Does this make me look fast?” The answer is always YES!!!

Q: What’s the most important piece of gear for a new triathlete?

A: I believe the first step is a good bike.

Q: What’s your favorite product at Bicycle World?

A: My favorite products are Skratch and Liv bikes.

Q: How did you get into cycling?

A: I decided to become a full time bike commuter in July of 2017.

Q: What kind of bike(s) do you ride?

A: I ride a Liv Alight hybrid bike.

JAKE

Q: What do you do at Bicycle World?

A: I’m a sales associate and mechanic.

Q: What kind of cycling are you into?

A: Road riding.

Q: What is the most common question you hear from triathletes in the store? And what’s your answer?

A: What will make me faster? That’s easy: Ride more!

Q: What’s the most important piece of gear for a new triathlete?

A: The proper bike.

Q: What’s your favorite product at Bicycle World?

A: My favorite product is the Enve 4.5 carbon wheels.

Q: How did you get into cycling?

A: In high school I wanted to do something more athletic that wasn't inside of a gym. I get to exercise and explore at the same time!

Q: What kind of bike(s) do you ride?

A: I ride a Trek Emonda and a Specialized Sequoia.

GUS

Q: What do you do at Bicycle World?

A: I’m a mechanic.

Q: What kind of cycling are you into?

A: I am into bike packing and mountain biking.

Q: What is the most common question you hear from triathletes in the store? And what’s your answer?

A: “Why is my bike so noisy?” Sound travels, and parts get worn out over time.

Q: What’s the most important piece of gear for a new triathlete?

A: The bike.

Q: What’s your favorite product at Bicycle World?

A: The Topo Chicos!

Q: How did you get into cycling?

A: I stumbled into the industry. It started with a college job at a bike shop in Newton, Kansas.

Q: What kind of bike(s) do you ride?

A: Any bike that goes off road.

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