Join us for Gear West Bike & Triathlon’s Inaugural Tri Expo! Saturday and Sunday, April 18th and 19th. Visit with reps from our favorite triathlon specific companies meet local race directors and check out the new 2015 products. Group workouts, demos, deals, and free food for all!
Representatives from more than 20 Triathlon specific companies including: Felt, Trek, Quintana Roo, Zipp, Castelli, Speedplay, Giro, Lazer, Kinetic, SRAM, Shimano, Continental, Reynolds, Blue Seventy, Aquasphere, Swiftwick, Kinetic, Stages, and others.
Race Directors from more than 20 Minnesota Multisport Races including the Final Stretch and Front Runner race production teams, Life Time Fitness, YWCA Tri, Brewhouse, Burrito Union, Heart of the Lakes Tri, Apple Duathlon, Capital City Tri, and others.
Gear West Triathlon Team athletes will be grilling our famous Gear West Race Day hot dogs from open to close. And as a bonus they will also have the outdoor griddle fired up with Pancakes and little Smokey’s. You can wash the free food down with Minnesota’s favorite coffee, Caribou. The grills will be run by Joe Johnson, Steve Sander, Brooks Grossinger, Kortney Haag, Julia Wiesbecker, Tony Schiller, John Shelp, Matt Payne, Christina Roberts, and Michael Williams. Hopefully they grill as quickly as they race.
Bring a friend and join the group. All are welcome. Don’t have a road bike for the group ride? Let us know in the week leading up to the Expo and we will put your name on an available 2015 Felt Z3, no charge.
- 9am Women’s Led Ride Hosted by Hannah Sullivan, Suzie Fox, and Matt Payne
Suzie is a full time coach who works as an in-home personal fitness instructor, corporate fitness leader, and as a individual triathlon coach. As an athlete she has been a perennial member of Team MN, Duathlete of the year, Most improved, and was rookie of the year. She is as fun to be around as she is fast.
Hannah has been with Gear West Bike & Tri for a Dozen years. She is the primary buyer for the store and works on the floor every day. She has been riding road bikes for more than 20 years and regularly jumps into a few triathlons a season but with number 2 on the way her ability to join on this ride is pending.
Matt has been racing triathlons for a decade but it is the last 5 years that he found his athletic groove in the sport. Even as an involved father of two, he earned 2014 USAT Overall Duathlete of the year and Honorable Mention (top 5) Triathlete of the year. He is also defending Du National Champion and 35-39 Sprint Distance Tri National Champion. He is also the number 1 ranked Team Minnesota Member for 3 consecutive years.
- 9:30am Trail Run (pending conditions) Hosted by Kevin O’Connor and Christina Roberts
Kevin is the owner of Gear West Bike & Triathlon and thus been with the store for more than 20 years. He has been competing in Triathlons for over 25 years in distances from Sprint to Ironman.
Christina is one of the newer members to team Minnesota but her top 10 rankings isn’t a surprise to those who know her. Her dedicated training was learned from years of swimming. She finished her swimming career at St. Olaf College in Northfield and has just started giving the dedication to triathlon training over the past couple seasons. She will be the most fun group workout leader this Sunday morning.
- 9:30am Road Speed Workout Hosted by John Shelp and Brooks Grossinger
Shelper has been racing triathlons for ever. He was a perennial Team Minnesota member until his family started growing. With a wonderful wife and 4 beautiful daughters his fitness is a currently lost. Instead John will use his experience as a coach, full time PE teacher, and track coach to make a road (bike trail) based speed workout fun and practical.
All those who race against Brooks will tell you he is very talented but 2014 saw him take his race results to a new level. With such a positive personality and true dedication his improvement was welcomed by all. His running background will be the perfect co-leader on the road
- 11am Road Run Hosted by Brian Sames and Claire Bootsma (scheduled so morning riders can join)
Brian has been a two sport athlete from Middle School, through high school and college at St. Thomas, and still is today. The unique thing is which two sports: Distance Running and Basketball. His continued success in both running/triathlon and basketball shows the talent he has as an athlete. He showed his athletic talent at IM Wisconsin where he easily qualified for Kona at his first Ironman. He is a great guy to chat with and will make the run enjoyable for all.
Claire is the one you see smiling the entire race. Yes, now you know who that is. Her smiling is just showing her personality. She was a collegiate swimmer and runner and when she was able to dedicate herself to triathlon training she was the best in the state. She will always be ‘fast’ but focusing on her career as a nurse and keeping her husband Dan Hedgecock in line.