Team Members Profile

Cheer Bear

Team Mascot

I love bike racing! I go to as many races as I can and cheer on my team and all the racers. I even raced last year in Bend! I love rainbows, skittles, ponies, hugs and making people smile. Come by our team tent and say hi! Instagram: @swiftcheer

Matt

Team Director

I've been involved in competitive cycling for the past 10 years.  To me cycling has always been more than "just another sport", it is about: people, culture, science, panache, transportation, community and athletic talent.  As the director of Swift Racing PDX, it is my privilege and honor to bring others to appreciate diverse attributes that competitive cycling has to offer.

Katy

Nickname: La Guerita

Disciplines: Cyclocross; mountain biking

Cross-training: rock climbing, napping

Trivia: Lived at 12 addresses since graduating college, all on file with the FBI.  Sold my road bike to my mom, who competes in triathlons.  Considered becoming a professional french horn player.  Hold the family record (between Matt and me) for most cars damaged and fewest traffic citations (none).

Cassie

Volunteer Coordinator

I previously associated sports with standing in the outfield in uncomfortable clothing as a small child, eating sunflower seeds, and hoping the ball never came in my direction. Racing bikes is a preferred activity because usually things are not being thrown at me. Also, I enjoy the breeze. While riding bikes for the purposes of exploration and transportation has been a lifelong enjoyment, this is just my second year racing. I prefer dirt over pavement any day. I’ve been in the wondrous pacific NW for 10 years and try to spend my time experiencing all the outdoor places I have yet to see – on and off the bike.

Joey

Assistant Director

Ben Gagosian

Team Coordinator

I've been obsessed with movement for as long as I can remember. Running, biking, climbing, skiing, hiking, swimming, anything and everything. I try to stay focussed on CX and MTB'ing at this point, but still love road riding and a good gravel adventure. I feel super blessed to live in a state like Oregon that has an amazing riding community and such beauty that surrounds us!

Halley

Art Director

Name: Halley (pronounced like Halle Berry, not Haley Joel Osment)

I grew up in the isolated quirky little town of Arcata on the northern coast of California and moved to Portland for college in 2004 and it has been home base ever since. I started riding bikes in 2010 when I got a great deal on a used road bike while working at REI. Being able to ride that fast and easily was a revelation. Since then I've added mountain and cyclocross bikes to my collection. I don't race, but Swift lets me stay on the team since I do the graphic design of our kits, logos, and swag. I take any excuse to be outside and dabble in a lot of sports (cycling, paddle boarding, hiking, climbing, camping) - but skiing is my favorite, especially because I can Nordic and backcountry ski with my dogs Zoey, Jasper, and Sinka.

Instagram: @searchingfor75

Cory

Web Developer

Came from prior team "Go Bananas!" where I was the proud sole team member. I became enamored with the idea of racing bicycles in the mud after hearing about cyclocross for the first time in 2012.  Within 3 weeks I had my first race and that was all it took to get addicted.

Ben Drucker

I moved to Oregon in 1993 and that winter I tried my first bike race.  It was cold and muddy.  My sneakers kept slipping off my platform pedals and my long johns kept getting hooking on my saddle.  I didn't try it again until 2011.  Now I race Masters A cyclocross, with some Cat 3 road mixed in.  This year I aim to do more mountain bike rides and races.

Other things I do: run a bit (mostly Hood to Coast), write Android apps, eat vegan food.

Justin

Disciplines: Road, cyclocross

I moved to Portland from upstate NY because it was so bike friendly and I was a bit bike obsessed.  However, I never considered racing or even wearing Lycra until I learned what cyclocross was.  Now, I can't get enough.  I'm looking forward to cx this year and endless miles of gravel from now til then.

John Lin

Native Oregonian that has been racing since 2005!  You'll find that I finished 1st in the OBRA BAR for Singlespeed in 2011.  More importantly, OBRA race announcer, Luciano, has labeled me the Energizer Bunny at the cross races.  My relationship with road racing can be summarized as a quote from one of my favorite movies, Brokeback Mountain: "I wish I knew how to quit you."  My relationship with cyclocross racing can be summarized through this quote from the movie, Welcome to the Dollhouse: "You think you're hot shit, but you're really just cold diarrhea."  I am currently in an open relationship with my carbon road bike and a few other bicycles =)

Andy

I’m NW native with a passion for all things outdoors! I like to ride bicycles when I have time- my favorite kinds are skinny tire bicycles, but I also really like knobby tire bicycles! Been with the Swifts since Fall of 2014, and am still figuring out this whole bike racing thing, so I will start off in the Easy “A” category this fall. Other hobbies include backpacking, backcountry snowboarding, and dropping Matt on climbs.

Todd

Todd "the Bod" After 13 years in Portland, definitely calling it home, raised in Louisville, KY. Ride bikes for the fun and race for the camaraderie. Focus is enduro and cyclocross. Outside of cycling I enjoy camping & hiking with my wife & dog, fly-fishing and bourbon.

Sara CK

Race Age: 28
This is my first year racing with a team. I've been in Oregon for 10 years and live to be outside. This season I will ride cyclocross and try to bring up the rear in some mountain races. My athletic background includes 10 years of competitive gymnastics and all the rock climbing I can get in when I'm not worried about paying bills. I'm pretty new to cycling but I'm ready to get muddy. Sometimes I accidentally swim before I ride and run afterwards.

Sara Headley

Never in my wildest imagination did I think I'd do something like race bikes, but cx caught me in its alluring, muddy grip after sitting on the sidelines one too many weekends watching my husband have so much fun without me. Plus, the women seemed awesomely rowdy and supportive. Not to mention, Swift pretty much has the most wonderful people running the team and on its team. Fast forward a few seasons, and I am proud to be roughing it out in Cat 2/3. I also love mountain biking and offering mini core warm-ups. When I'm not on the bike, I like to run, yoga, hike, tai chi, snowboard, (maybe skate ski this year?), garden, cook, eat, read, be around dogs, and ponder this very strange universe.

Nick

Dabbled in cyclocross and downhill racing while in college, then fell headlong into racing 'cross upon moving to Portland.
His notable achievement is having raced in the same category for 10 years.
It just goes to show what a lack of hard work and commitment to training can do for a non-aspiring bike racer.
Nick enjoys maximizing the amount of fun in every race because if he's paying good money for something it's certainly not 45 minutes of suffering.

Larry

I’m the “elder statesman” on Team Swift and this is my fourth year to own that title. I find epic rides and road racing to be my preferred ways to spend time on the bike, although track riding is a “hoot.” As a high school science teacher I also enjoy getting new students into cycling and riding with them (even if they go to the “dark side” and race cx and/or mountain bikes). My spare time is spent reading, traveling, photographing the beautiful PNW, camping, and spending time in Redlands, California with three of the cutest cyclists on the planet! I look forward to staying in shape long enough to race with them when they graduate from their push bikes.

Jeff

Race age: 25
Disciplines: cyclocross, road
I grew up in small town PNW and settled in Portland a few years ago after becoming enamored with the robust cycling culture here. When not racing and/or crashing into barriers I can be found staring deeply into my Garmin during intervals or at my local bar consuming recovery drinks.

Travis

Born deep in the bayous of Louisiana among crocodiles and shrimp boats in 1981, grew up in Battle Ground and Portland. He spent the last 8 years of his life in Tacoma where he cut his cycling teeth on the pothole-ridden, drive-by prone, chip sealed hills around the Puget Sound as part of Old Town Bicycle's dirt and road teams. Travis met and rode with Matt Smith and quickly developed an obsess - er - admiration for Matt. Moving back here meant the chance to once again get dropped by Matt and it was something that Travis would not pass up.
Travis thinks bikes are "all right" and does it for the coffee stops and an excuse for shaving his legs. Other things Travis does: bagpipes competitively; recycles, eats sushi, tries on Assos clothing and acts like the price isn't the reason he's putting it back, falls over during yoga, watches Archer, crushes a bit too hard on Fabian Cancellara, talks trash about Starbucks coffee (but eats their cake pops), and adheres to the following rules: fondue is not a meal; soup is not a meal; if you have to wipe more than 3 times you should just get in the shower; you need to save the word phenomenal for things that are actually phenomenal.
Travis will be reentering the cyclocross racing world after a 1.5 season break (because he had a bad couple of races and got grumpy and sold all his 'cross stuff and pouted in front of the TV).

Bill

Disciplines: XC MTB, Cyclocross, Road I grew up mountain biking in Corvallis, OR. I didn't start racing until later in my life so I still have lots to learn. I like to keep things fun by riding in new places with the team, friends, my wife, or sometimes alone.