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Brandon Olson Higher Gear Northwest Cup Skibowl Mt Hood 2012Brandon Olson

I have been working in bike shops for 14 years. I started racing BMX bikes at age seven and switched over to cross-country mountain biking in high school. Today I’m a Category 1 racer, competing downhill at a national level on my Specialized Demo 8. I have turned my passion for cycling into a career I love. When I am not riding or getting others to ride, I enjoy downhill skiing, water-skiing, and motocross.


Ellis LaMayEllis LaMay

I was born in Brooklyn and moved to the Chicago area when I was about ten years old. I wasn’t much older than that when I got my first job in a bike shop, alongside Fredo. As a kid, I roamed the neighborhood on my BMX bike. In high school, I excelled in lacrosse and wrestling. I currently ride a Specialized Pitch mountain bike. I am now officially a Specialist in the US Army but come back to Higher Gear when I’m on leave.


Catherine Watkins

I’m a north shore native who is back after being out on the east coast for school and work. I’ve always been into mountain biking. In undergrad at William & Mary, I raced both mountain and road bikes. Then at grad school at Emory in Atlanta, I raced mountain bikes. I went to Mountain Biking Nationals twice, placing in the top ten in 2004. In 2002, I got my first job at a bike shop working for Higher Gear, where I worked summers during college. I ride mostly Specialized. My road bike is a Roubaix; my mountain bike is a Stumpjumper HT; and my cross bike is a Tricross.


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