Monday, November 24, 2014

Wheelmen Rider Spotlight #5: Hank Mandsager

Hank Mandsager (right).

     In an attempt to become well acquainted with the 2014-15 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen community, Hank Mandsager marks the fifth rider spotlight. The following information was provided as a set list of questions, which Mandsager entertainingly answered. All responses are unedited.

How long have you been a member of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen or Wheelwomen?
I have been a member of the Wheelmen since Fall 2011

What is your favorite part of the Wheelmen and cycling, in general?
My favorite part about the Wheelmen is that it is a group of people who come together to ride bikes but always end up being a great group of friends. Cyclists, in general, tend to be a fun group of people.

What cycling disciplines are you involved with?
I stick to the pavement and have in the past competed in triathlons (how embarrassing…)

Please describe your favorite San Luis Obispo ride.
My favorite ride in SLO is definitely the annual Death Ride down from Big Sur. There is nothing better than the windy, two-lane road that towers above the perfectly blue Pacific Ocean.

What are you interested in accomplishing, with the Wheelmen, throughout 2014 and 2015?
As president of the club this year my goal is to encourage as many members of the Wheelmen and Cal Poly community to ride bikes. It is a challenging goal because the club has many different members with wildly different cycling backgrounds but I hope to foster an organization that appeals to as large of a group of cyclists as possible.

What are you studying at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo?
I am in my final year studying Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Aeronautics

What is your favorite genre of music and your favorite song?
That is a difficult question because I tend to go through very short, intense phases of music selection. Currently the “Electropositivity” playlist on Spotify is on repeat.

Do you prefer “SLO Donut Company” or “Old West Cinnamon Rolls”?
Old West. Is that even a question?

Please provide us with one interesting fact about yourself.
I placed 36th in my age group at the Age-Group World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in 2010 for sprint distance triathlon.

Aside from cycling and education, what occupies your time?
Eating and sometimes sleeping.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wheelmen Rider Spotlight #4: Madison Giger

A throwback of Giger from 2011.

     In an attempt to become well acquainted with the 2014-15 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen community, Madison Giger marks the fourth rider spotlight. The following information was provided as a set list of questions, which Giger promptly answered. All responses are unedited. 

How long have you been a member of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen or Wheelwomen?
Second year as a WHEELIEEEE!

What is your favorite part of the Wheelmen and cycling, in general?
Mountain bike + Lots of Downhill + Uphill that isn’t too steep = Bliss

What cycling disciplines are you involved with?
Mountain all the way…and I guess a little road. But I definitely have to be in the mood to even get my leg over my road bike.

Please describe your favorite San Luis Obispo ride.
Mountain: rock garden!
Road: See/Perfumo canyon (in the fall!)

What are you interested in accomplishing, with the Wheelmen, throughout 2014 and 2015?
Getting in some fun rides and getting more involved as the secretary of the Wheelmen

What are you studying at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo?
Kinesiology…fitness classes…cant get much better than that.

What is your favorite genre of music and your favorite song?
I go through fazes but my roommate and I can always get down to Timber.

Do you prefer “SLO Donut Company” or “Old West Cinnamon Rolls”?
Well…I would love, love, love either but I can’t eat them because I’m one of those weird gluten free people so I can’t answer that one.

Please provide us with one interesting fact about yourself.
 I’m a Swiss citizen and hope to live there and work for a bike shop in Lauterbrunnen for a while

Aside from cycling and education, what occupies your time?
Anything outside: hiking, backpacking, water polo, running (but only when my roommate can talk me into it), and eating…a lot of eating.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wheelmen Supportive Sponsor Feature: Lezyne - Engineered Design


     Founded in 2007, Lezyne is bustling and has made an enormous impact on the quality of cycling accessories.
     With an array of products that ranges from LED lights, to floor and hand pumps, to multi tools, Lezyne is propelling the concept of finely engineered pieces of equipment that allow for optimal use.
     Under the instruction of Micki Kozuschek, nine designers and engineers operate out of San Luis Obispo, California, where Lezyne holds its headquarters.
     Lezyne closely works with professional cycling teams that include Team Lotto Belisol and Specialized-Lululemon.
     The Cal Poly Wheelmen are grateful to have an active partnership with Lezyne.
     During October, the Wheelmen took advantage of a product order opportunity that involved Lezyne.
     "Lezyne gives active Wheelmen members a super deal on all their products," according to Jeffrey Shen, who is the Wheelmen sponsorship coordinator.
     Approximately 12 Wheelmen members participated in the Lezyne order opportunity, according to Shen. However, many more Wheelmen members and community members benefited from the generosity of Lezyne.
     "(Lezyne) always helps donate product to all the races the Wheelmen put on," said Shen.
     "The WCC League benefited from Lezyne's product donation to the last mountain bike race," said Shen.
     Lezyne provided podium prizes, which included water bottles, hand pumps, multi tools, and saddle bags, at the Nov. 1-2 Wheelmen mountain bike race weekend.
     The podium prizes reached collegiate racers and non-collegiate mountain bike racers that ventured out to San Luis Obispo, for a weekend of racing.
     The Wheelmen are excited to promote Lezyne product and continue an active partnership, with the San Luis Obispo based company.

     For more information on Lezyne, please visit their website here. Lezyne also runs an outstanding YouTube channel that provides product descriptions. Find the Lezyne YouTube channel here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wheelmen Rider Spotlight #3: Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller, in Tahoe.
     In an attempt to become well acquainted with the 2014-15 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen community, Ryan Miller marks the third rider spotlight. The following information was provided as a set list of questions, which Miller rocked. All responses are unedited.

How long have you been a member of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen or Wheelwomen?
This is my first year as a Cal Poly Wheelmen!

What is your favorite part of the Wheelmen and cycling, in general?
My favorite part of the Wheelmen is the common stoke to mountain bike and have a good time out on the trails and in life. I love cycling because it is a way to get out and get some great exercise in. But moreover to hangout and shred with your friends and to meet new people.

What cycling disciplines are you involved with?
I like to spend most of my time riding all mountain (as some would say enduro) but I have raced cross country for a couple years. I also ride and race DH and enduro.

Please describe your favorite San Luis Obispo ride.
I think my favorite spot so far to ride in San Luis Obispo would be Montana De Oro after a nice rain.

What are you interested in accomplishing, with the Wheelmen, throughout 2014 and 2015?
I just hope to get out and meet a bunch of people and shred some trails! On top of that, I would like to try to ride consistently throughout the year to keep myself in good shape for the coming race season, seeing now that this year’s mtb season is coming to a halt unfortunately.

What are you studying at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo?
I am studying Materials Engineering here at Cal Poly.

What is your favorite genre of music and your favorite song?
Oooh, that’s a tough question. I mostly love all types of music and I would have to say my go to music would be country music and my favorite country song would be “Summertime” by
Kenney Chesney.

Do you prefer “SLO Donut Company” or “Old West Cinnamon Rolls”?
Definitely SLODO.

Please provide us with one interesting fact about yourself.
I love trucks and offroading.

Aside from cycling and education, what occupies your time?
Hanging out with friends, skimboarding, surfing, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wheelmen Rider Spotlight #2: Ryan Mostofi

Ryan Mostofi.

     In an attempt to become well acquainted with the 2014-15 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen community, Ryan Mostofi marks the second rider spotlight. The following information was provided as a set list of questions, which Mostofi promptly answered. All responses are unedited.

How long have you been a member of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen or Wheelwomen?
This is my first quarter part of the Cal Poly Wheelmen.

What is your favorite part of the Wheelmen and cycling, in general?
The adventure, going on long rides and visiting new places in the county.

What cycling disciplines are you involved with?
Road cycling.

Please describe your favorite San Luis Obispo ride.
My favorite ride is to Avila Beach, it is a calm and level ride that takes you to a beautiful beach front

What are you interested in accomplishing, with the Wheelmen, throughout 2014 and 2015?
I hope to become a better cyclist in sprinting and endurance.

What are you studying at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo?
Currently studying Aerospace Engineering.

What is your favorite genre of music and your favorite song?
Favorite genres include jazz and alternative rock.

Do you prefer “SLO Donut Company” or “Old West Cinnamon Rolls”?
SLO Donut Company.

Please provide us with one interesting fact about yourself.
German silver medalist olympian Ralf Bissdorf coached me in fencing.

Aside from cycling and education, what occupies your time?
I spend most of my time mentoring Atascadero High School’s robotics team to design and build robots.