2023 DeFeet Ambassadors
We are excited to announce our 2023 Ambassadors!
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Brooke is a kids' mountain bike coach with "Bike School Bentonville" in Arkansas. She's been a mountain biker for 2.5 years, but added gravel cycling to improve her speed and endurance. Her goals are to race in Stillwater for Midsouth, attempt more bikepacking routes, ride the Rule of 3, and challenge herself on technical new terrain across the U.S.
Initially known as the local fashion guy, Michael gets out on the road as much as I can, increasing mileage up to 10,000+ for past 3 years.
He loves getting his buddies involved and inspiring them to ride as often as they can, as well! The all white EVO is his favorite DeFeet sock of all-time.
Mollie is one of four head coaches for two high school mountain bike teams in Bozeman. When she's not coaching she's racing cyclocross for her local race team of ten years, Team Rockford Owenhouse.
When she is not pedaling, you can find her chasing after her red-headed daughter, helping her partner run his small architecture firm, searching for powder turns at Bridger Bowl, furiously knitting, and being bossed around by her two large, furry white dogs.
St. Charles, IL
Jeanette discovered off-road cycling in 2020 and fell in love! Adventuring on her bike has helped her learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. She has connected with so many people who also love cycling and playing in the dirt!
Michael's 2023 goals include the Andalucia Bike Race, the Kronplatz King, and also the Gravel World Championship. What excites him most about cycling is being able to start right at his front door to explore new paths. Being out and about with friends to share moments together.
Central Point, Oregon
Katie is a National Champion triathlete and bronze medalist at the 2022 World Triathlon championships. When she's not training for triathlon she's adventuring outside, teaching bike clinics and trying get more people on bikes.
Gary is a retired photojournalist and has been riding seriously for about 41 years. He rides almost every day on his MTB or gravel bike, and occasionally will ride on the road. Last year he rode 10,660 miles.
Jahn Otto Kallevik
Jahn Otto is from Norway and loves to cycle as 1 of the 3 disciplines in Triathlon. He's been cycling for just over 10 years, but in 2016 he moved into the Triathlon world and did both the Ironman 70.3 and 140.6. In 2018 he cycled from Oslo to Paris (Team Rynkeby). After he started training, he started bringing his camera to capture motivational pictures to inspire others.
Jenny is a mountain bike guide and co-owner of Pure Mountains, providing MTB adventures in Spain's Sierra Nevada. She loves trail riding and enduro and sharing her passion for riding with others. She's a big advocate of staying active in mid life and keeping it fun. She's also passionate about dogs, dog rescue, and the Spanish language.
Joe Miles is a freelance sports photographer. He compete on the Marian University Cycling Team for 4.5 years until graduating. During the week he's a field scientist; on weekends he travels to sporting events, capturing the moments that tell a story. When he finds the time, Joe continues to ride and run to connect with friends.
Bella Vista, AR
Jessica's life has always revolved around athletics. She started with soccer and cross country, but found a love for the sport of mountain biking after a recent move to northwest Arkansas. Within just two years she's become an advanced rider and quickly progressed in skills. She is also an ambassador to several other brands, including: Vitus Bikes, Picky Bars, Handup Gloves, and the State of Arkansas.
Rico rides all the bikes! He love the smooth paved roads, the sounds of the gravel and how mountain bike tires sounds around a fast berm. Looking forward to being on the team with Defeet! We're going to be looking extra stylish this year!
Athena Shapiro is a cycling fiend with an academic hunger. She spends her spare moments from the classroom exploring the local singletrack on her MTB and rolling hills on her road bike. Her racing history is stacked with triathlons, xterras, century rides, and draft legal races. Always eager for a new challenge, she has recently turned her eye toward the prospect of gravel roads and the new adventures they hold. See you in the saddle!
Abigail is an elite level mountain biker with a focus on marathon-distance events, though she generally just loves being outside on her bike!
Alex loves to race cyclocross and gravel events and the occasional local crit. 2023 for him will be about completing many gravel events and hopefully a competitive category 3 Season in cyclocross. He loves to do long adventure rides to train for the longer gravel races. Cycling for him is about fun over fitness, but racing is still a goal!
Sarah rides mountain bikes and gravel and races cyclocross, but her favorite part of cycling, by far, is the community. Her favorite rides are ones where she gets to laugh and catch up with friends (while we maybe get accidentally lost in the woods). Her adventures are fueled by dried mangoes and beef jerky. When she's not getting muddy on her bike you can find her covered in clay in her art studio or eating a burrito in a park.
I am passionate about cycling. I am an elite competitor. I work as a consultant (customer service/sales) in a bike store. I love creating content and videos online.
Chris Thorpe is an ultra endurance racer who fell head first into cycling and has never looked back since. He loves big dumb rides and smiling!
Andy Whitehair has been a cyclist for over 15 years, but only recently discovered that riding bikes off-road is way more fun. Now Andy is an unabashed cyclocross evangelical extolling the virtues of riding in circles in parks while clad in Lycra. He likes to push himself on the bike, but Andy’s real passion is storytelling. By sharing his cycling story, he hopes to inspire others to ride and try new things on the bike.
After a lifetime of being successful as a table tennis player, Beata turned to cycling and the outdoors. She has been racing mountain bikes for 14 years, and is a 4x National Champion, in Marathon and XC disciplines and also off-road triathlon, and also has two Bronze medals in Masters World Championships, one in Marathon and one in XC. She rides for Squatch Bikes from Brevard.
2023 DeFeet Junior Ambassadors
San Marcos, CA
Landon is a 17-year-old high school senior (racing junior 17-18 men elite for 2023). He joined his SoCal NICA team when he was in the 6th grade. His biggest goal for 2023 is to be chosen by team USA for the World Championships, Junior Men's XCO in Scotland! He helped start his high school's first bike club three years ago. In 2022, he was selected to be an ambassador for Outride, formerly "The Specialized Foundation," a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth through cycling.)
Fridtjof is a 17-year-old boy who loves racing and MTB in general, and will be seeking the top position in the nationals next year.
Levi Hogan is 14 year old and loves to ride and race mountain, gravel, and road bikes! He races with Yonah Composite during the Georgia Cycling Association season and for 706p dirt devo during the off season. He is the current Chainbusters Junior gravel series champ and the Endurance base category champ. His goals for the year include racing Unbound, the Snake time trials, and several other longer distance races!
William started mountain biking in 6th grade when he joined the Georgia Cycling Association and he's been riding ever since! He primarily races Cross-Country and placed 5th in the state for Freshman Boys for 2022. He also enjoy racing Cyclocross, Crit, Gravel and Enduro. He is looking forward to the 2023 season to race for Cadence Devo and participate in UCI and National races! When he's not on a bike, he is fishing with friends.