Shenandoah Mountain 100, 2016

Chris Michaels

Chris grew up riding bikes to get around town which evolved into picking up as many bikes as possible on big trash day, which then led to the 7 bike limit and many odd combinations of bicycles including his first real off-roading bike, a 1970s Takara with knobby 1-1/4? tires. Eventually buying a mountain bike he got into racing in 2001 and has been riding and racing all sorts of bikes ever since.

Having ridden and raced all sorts of places all over the country on and off the Pro circuit he currently prefers 100 mile mountain bike races and big dirt road rides west of town or wherever!

He is interested in all types of bikes and the constantly changing world of bicycle technology, he’s spent the better part of the last ten years working in bike shops and a day never goes by that he doesn’t learn something.

DCCX 2019

Kelly Paduch

Kelly came to Harrisonburg in 2010 to earn her Bachelor's of Science degree from James Madison. She has a concentration in Exercise Science and enjoys applying the knowledge learned in school to her job.

In January 2017, Kelly was the recipient of the QBP Women's Mechanical Scholarship to attend United Bicycle Institute in Oregon! She spent 2 weeks out there for the Professional Repair and Shop Operation class, and passed the test at the end of the course to become a Certified Bicycle Technician!

Kelly is a fierce supporter in equality for women's cycling, and she is a big believer in empowering women through bicycles, whether it is riding, learning mechanical skills, or racing. Bicycles can do so much for a community, and she wants to share that with everyone possible!

You'll usually find Kelly riding somewhere that has some sweet gravel roads. She loves gravel.


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