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Oscar Salazar

FOUNDER

What do you love about riding and racing your bicycle?

The thing I love to do most on a bike is to ride long distances in remote areas and be in tune with nature. If I can share those moments with friends, even better! I love racing bikes because its raw and pure, like a lion on the hunt!

Why do you love riding/racing with ViM?

These nothing better than riding your bike with friends! That’s exactly what ViM is “friends riding bikes” It’s like being a kid again. To top it off we also get to do great things for our community that I probably wouldn’t be able to do without my ViM family.

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

 There are big accomplishments from completing big races like BC Bike Race (7 day mountain bike stage race) that I will never forget. Its was a huge challenge and took months of preparation and training. The best thing about it was that I did it with my 3 of my teammates and we all finished. There is also the small things on everyday rides like “cleaning” a technical section of a trail that looked “un-rideable”…that brings me great joy!  

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike (hobbies, work, something we don’t know).

I don’t have a life...off the bike!

 
 

Russell Potter

What do you love about riding and racing your bicycle?

I love to work on my fitness and bike handling skills whether I’m by myself or in a group.  Riding really helps relieve the stress of the day and gives me a chance to accomplish a fitness goal plus it’s just plain fun!

 Why do you love riding/racing with ViM?

My team mates are the best!  We all work together in training and racing to really complement each other’s strengths and help with any weaknesses.

 What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

Several years ago VIM put a team together to win the NOCOM Race (No Country for Old Men).  We all rode hard and set a new NOCOM record for the 380 mile course finishing in just under 22 hrs.  Also, winning a very challenging  MTB race (24 hrs. in the Canyon) with my team mates at Palo Duro Canyon was huge!

 Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike (hobbies, work, something we don’t know).

Life off the bike is awesome.  I’m a new Grandfather and I can’t believe how much fun I have just hanging out with my grandson and watching him grow.  He’s going to be fast on the bike one day for sure.  Going to the lake in the summer time and surfing is a blast, especially with my team mates!

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Kyle Canzian

What do you love about riding and racing your bicycle?

I love the process of self-improvement. I love the fact that racing requires so much hard work and dedication. It is all fulfilled on race day when the adrenaline gets cranked up!

 What do you love about riding and racing with ViM?

I love when we are all kicking it after a big race drinking barley pops.

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

I would say my biggest accomplishment would be mentally persevering through a slew of mechanicals at Breck Epic and finishing the race strong.

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike. (hobbies, work, something we don’t know)

Cycling is life! Seriously though, I don’t have a life.

 
 

Tim Smith

What do you love about riding and racing your bicycle?

Freedom to see new places and pushing myself harder than I knew was even possible.

What do you love about riding and racing with ViM?

Promoting the sport of cycling in West Texas, which is much needed. The camaraderie and SWAG ain’t to shabby either!

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

It has been a consistent strong hobby that has made me better as a family man and more driven in my career. The fact that I still love to do it after 10+ years is by far the biggest accomplishment!

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike (hobbies, work, something we don’t know).

Molly is pregnant. Molly, Caroline and I are looking forward to a new family member in August of 2019!

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Stephanie Ledford

What do you love about riding and racing your bicycle?

After finishing up my collegiate softball career, I missed competing against others and myself; cycling has allowed me to continue on with a competitive sport.. Cycling has also been important in maintaining my fitness. I also love being able share this passion with my husband, Jeff, and two sons, Jack and Max.

What do you love about riding and racing with ViM?

Not only do I love the camaraderie of this incredible group of individuals, I enjoy of being a part of a team with the same commitment and goals. I am extremely proud of all of the philanthropic work we as ViM actively participate in.

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

Finishing on the podium at the 2018 Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships will forever be a highlight, in addition to our Co-Ed 4 Person team finishing on the top step in a competitive 24 Hours in the Canyon.

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike (hobbies, work, something we don’t know).

I am not so secretly a tech geek…gizmos and gadgets galore.

 

Jordan Hester        

    Been riding and racing off and on since I was 13 on the road. First race was a crit around the Sport Complex when it was being built and there were no houses around.  My biggest accomplishments on the bike was a 6th Place at 13-14 Junior Nationals when it was held in Texas, won the Cat 3s race around the Scenic Loop when I was 15, Texas Cup State Champ Youth and then Junior Open. More recently, I got my Cat 2 upgrade on the road after a slow start to the 2018 season  with a 5th at Fayetteville, Consistent Tree of Life Crit results, 4th overall at Hammerfest, 3rd at Jacob’s Well, and a 7th and 4th at Lago Vista. Then spent a summer in Italy and raced in Belgium where I was overwhelmingly acquainted to what real bike racing is in the Elites, but the experience was very eye opening despite the lack of finishes.

            Between my Junior years and current racing state I spent six years in the Marine Corps as a infantry rifleman , to varying degrees. Went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego and the Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton. First duty station was in Washington D.C. at 8th & I with the Marine Corps Color Guard performing ceremonial duties. A lot of those being funerals at Arlington National Cemetery for transfers and Active Duty burials, Washington Nationals games, foreign dignitary arrivals such as the G-8 Summit when it was held in Chicago, Ambassador Steven’s and the Navy Seals’ arrival at Andrews AFB following Benghazi, Obama’s Inaugural Ball, and other ceremonies throughout the National Capital Region.

            My next duty station was in Camp Pendleton with V2/1 Golf Company “Helo Company,” an actual infantry unit, where I eventually attained the rank of Sergeant and billet as Squad Leader. We deployed as part of the 13th MEU on the U.S.S. Boxer. There we trained for a few days in Hawaii, then set out to cross the rest of the Pacific. We ported in Hong Kong, Bahrain, Oman, then Malaysia & Hawaii on the way back. Malaysia I had the opportunity to go on a mountain bike tour, which was a nice change in pace from the Schwinn exercise bikes I had been consistently riding over the duration of the deployment from high up on “Vultures Row.” My last two years in the Marines I had been yearning to be on the bike again, so the last few months of my Enlistment felt particularly painful.

            What I love about riding and racing with ViM is that there is local camaraderie around a passion I have for cycling. There are other likeminded individuals who have shared interests in being better at the sport they love. Cycling has been an adventure between the training miles, the mental challenge from racing as well as training, the places I’ve travelled to that I wouldn’t have if I had been in any other sport and people I wouldn’t have met otherwise and that is what I love about it. Cycling, in my life, is here to stay.

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Rachel Harvey

What do you love about riding/racing?

I love being outside.  And being on a bike and covering some ground just makes the outdoors more fun.  I notice things I wouldn't have otherwise.  Then, sometimes I don't notice anything at all because I'm so focused on the effort I'm putting out.  It's a way to mix enjoyment and hard work and feeling satisfied at the end that I accomplished something.

What do you love about riding/racing with ViM?

ViM is just a great group -- I love that it's seamless when everyone comes together to give it a go.  You can ride with 3-4 people one day and a different 3-4 on the team the next day, and the unity is there within the team that it's still the same.  Does that make sense?  Being pretty new to the team and beginning to tackle mountain bike, I've had a lot of help, especially from the gals, to get comfortable.  It's been lots of "Ok, you're here; this is what we're going do, and it's going to be great," -- and I love that.


What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

There's one moment I have that stays in my mind that I like to keep to myself.  And aside from that, I think I move on from one thing to the next pretty quickly, so nothing sticks out.  Big thing done and on to the next, so to speak.  And I think it's better that way; you can't progress if you're constantly looking behind you.  And you can't stretch your capacity if you're always circling the past.

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike.

Reading. Reading. Reading.  That's all I ever want to do off the bike. But really, I'm home with our two kids or taxiing them from one thing to the next. Maybe there's some dancing in the kitchen while I make supper.  And then I'm back to reading.

 

Kenneth Priebe

What do you love about riding/racing?

I enjoy being able to go on a ride and get away from everything and just focus on the ride and the road for a few hours.

What do you love about riding/racing with ViM?

I enjoy the camaraderie of others who enjoy training and really pushing themselves at races and our “friendly” rides.

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

Some of my proudest accomplishments on a bike are my first Cyclefest finish in 2011 and becoming the Cat 4 state road race champ in 2018.

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike.

I have big sweet tooth and eat lots of cookies and ice cream.

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Zack Belew

What do you love about riding and racing your bicycle?

Riding and racing bikes is a passion I’ve been fully into since 2015, after my first mountain bike race in Comfort, Texas. What I love so much about riding is the places a bike can take you and all the things you can see.  I’ve ridden and raced in places from Texas all the way to British Columbia. Being out on a bike, in nature, with awesome friends and teammates is truly one of life’s greatest joys. 

What do you love about riding/racing with ViM?

ViM Racing is an amazing group of talented athletes who love cycling. It’s hard to pinpoint what I love most about riding and racing with ViM, but if I had to I’d say its the sense of belonging to a team that’s truly impacting our cycling community in a positive way. 

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

Being a father of two and not always having as much training time as I would like has kept me humbled for sure. If I had to say, my proudest moments on the bike we’re finishing the BC Bike Race and winning the Hotter’N Hell road race this year. BCBR was one of the coolest weeks I’ve spent on a bike and finishing 7 consecutive days of racing was awesome, and winning the HHH road race was big for me, because I never expected to have a chance to win it. 

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike.

When off the bike, I’m mostly dad and coach. I’m fortunate enough to be able to spend time with my family. We are always on the go from Travel baseball to skiing in New Mexico. It’s never a dull moment

 

Katie Briscoe

What do you love about riding and racing your bicycle?

I love riding and racing my bike out of town and learning about the different terrains and how to maneuver through them.

What do you love about riding/racing with ViM?

Racing with ViM is always a new journey and full of laughter!

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

My biggest accomplishment so far has been finishing my first marathon mtn. bike race!

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike.

Something you may not know about me is that I have backpacked the “Camino de Santiago”, hiked Machu Picchu, and canoed across lake Titicaca! 

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Von Doria

What do you love about riding and racing your bicycle?

I love getting outdoors, into the elements and going ridiculous distances and speeds. I love meeting new people and seeing others progress. I love what riding and racing does to my mental and physical health. 

What do you love about riding and racing with ViM?

I love being part of a team that trains and competes together. We challenge each other to be better and also support each other. I also love that we are able to give back to our community through charities and service. 

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

I enjoy raising funds for various charity rides like the MS Society’s Bike MS and 24 Hours in the Canyon’s Cancer Survivor Center. In 2016, three other ViMsters and I set the record (which still stands) for No Country for Old Men’s 383 mi ultra race. 

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike (hobbies, work, something we don’t know).

When I’m not pushing the pedals, I create GIS maps for the oil and gas industry and hula dancing for Aloha O’Hawaii.

 

James Struble

What do you love most about riding and racing your bicycle?

I like the simplicity of getting on the bike and just riding. I never am one to capture a podium but I enjoy being with others who have that same appreciation.

What do you like most about riding/racing with ViM?

I like being associated with a team that the community looks up to not only as a collection of great cyclists but also a group willing to help others.

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

My proudest moment as a cyclist would be doing the MS150 in 2016. It felt great to be recognized as one of the faster riders but more importantly, the team I rode for at the time had a member whose husband suffered from MS. It made the ride and fundraising feel that much more important. I also loved hearing his stories of riding prior to his illness and made you realize we all have today and tomorrow us up to someone more powerful than us.

Please tell us something about yourself and life off the bike.

I think most people know I’m a Physician Assistant at the Midland Women’s Clinic. They may not know that I’m on my 16th year there. I am a New York Native and spent 4 years in the Marine Corps. I was a radar operator for the anti-aircraft missile system. While there, I was also a bartender that I hoped to do while in college at Southwest Texas State (Texas State) but life had other plans. Fellow teammate and co-worker, Randal Morgan and I have spent many hours and miles over the last 19 years either studying, riding, or driving somewhere. Usually coffee is involved, which he got me addicted to. I’m also a big time nerd with a huge comic book collection, which is for sale if anybody is interested.

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Randal Morgan

What do you love most about riding and racing your bicycle?

I love that cycling allows me to stay fit and healthy.  It's also a great way to reduce stress.  Through biking, I have met many close friends.  I enjoy that racing is not always about being the strongest or the fastest.  It is often about having the best race tactics and following a plan.  Racing is definitely a game and we are all always learning.  

What do you like most about riding/racing with ViM?

Vim is like a family.  We not only ride and train together but at races or tours we often camp and eat together.  There may also be some tall tales shared around a campfire.  

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

My proudest moment in cycling was in 2017 when our 4 person team won the 24 Hours in the Canyon road race.  Unfortunately we were not able to break the event record due to weather delays, but there will always be next year.  

Please tell us something about yourself and life off the bike.

Off the bike I am blessed to have a supportive wife who loves to run.  I am a father of two young men.  My oldest son is a student at UTPB studying biology and works at Buffalo Bur’s Custom Cycles.  My youngest son loves tennis and I am confident will beat his dad very soon.

 

Blake Linnerud

What do you love about riding and racing your bicycle?

Getting to spend time doing something healthy in the great outdoors

Why do you love riding/racing with ViM?

The amazing members of ViM is what makes riding with the team so awesome. 

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

Cycling 9 days in a row in France with over 32 hrs in the saddle and 48,000’ of climbing.

Please tell us something about yourself and your life off the bike (work, hobbies, something we don’t know).

I love everything else outdoors - snowboarding, hiking, running, camping, exploring

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Jeff Ledford

What do I love about riding and racing?

Riding feels like it sets you free and you can forget everything that bothers you even, if it’s just for a short time. Racing and competing allows me to push it to my limit that day. If you’re a competitive person, you need a little bit of that in your life.

Why do you love riding with ViM?

Who doesn't love riding and racing with a few of your good friends.

What are some of your proudest moments or biggest accomplishments on the bike?

24-hours in the Canyon 4 person Co-Ed victory 2017 and Finishing 2019 Marathon Nationals.

Tell us something about yourself and life off the bike?

I love camping with the family and just being outside and hiking. I'm also closet video game nerd and enjoy playing Fortnite with my 9 year old.