Team Members

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

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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.

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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).

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Joey

Assistant Director

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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Jessica Gill

I watched my husband race cyclocross a few times back in 2011 and thought he was super crazy! I had hardly been on a bike and was very fearful. When I finally tried it, I found that it was the hardest workout I’d ever done and I LOVED it! (Even after finishing 37/50 in the beginners) I was inspired by those…

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John Gill

Between a wife, work, and four kids, I find time to pursue my dream to be an above-average amateur bicycle racer. I love all kinds of rides and races, but my heart will always love the dirt a bit more than the road. I have made some of my best friends through cycling and hope to make many more. I…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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Erin

My bike racing career started back in 2010 when a couple of friends rode with me to David Douglas, one of them lent me his Bianchi San Jose, and I came in 1st for beginner women. It remains one of my only 1st place finishes, but it got me hooked. I’ve been racing on the dirt every season since, and…

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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.

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Shannon

In 2018 I bought my first bike as an adult. I figured that I’d need one to ride around with my young kids and it would make my cyclist husband happy that we could do some short rides together. I didn’t think I’d ever consider myself a ‘cyclist’.  A few months later I attended my first cyclocross event as an…

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Cody

A couple months before Cody turned 35 he bought his first adult bike, an unassuming used road bike with the primary intention of commuting to work and replacing his indoor cardio routine. Within weeks he was addicted and somewhere along the way he got the gravel bug, picked up a dirt worthy drop bar bike and kicked off his racing…

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Leo

I’m Leo and 2019 was my first year racing junior cyclocross at seven years old.  I raced bikes before my mom or dad. I like riding a bike because it’s fun and exciting. I like doing bike stuff with my family. I love to go to Gateway Green. My bike goal right now to to learn how to bunny hop…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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