Our team for 2016 features 4 national champion cyclists (2 on the women’s team and 2 on the men’s). Aventon Racing is back this year in full force. Check out the bios below to learn more about our riders and get a look into their world via social media!
MEET THE AM BEHIND AVENTON RACING!
COACH SEAN BURKE
Sean Burke has ridden and raced just about every type of bike there is. He has coached riders from 7 to 70, including state and national champions. He loves long climbing rides, but is a track racer at heart. He managed to ride his bike in 8 countries last year. And plans to lead Aventon Racing to a successful season in 2016. Sean is the founder and head coach at Crank Cycling as well as the co-founder at Appetite 4 Adventure.
Chris began riding BMX at the tender age of twelve and it remains one of his passion in life. But after repeated injuries he decided to build strength by doing 100 miles fixed gear rides, and then later road bikes. He went “all in” in 2015 and the results show it. His 2015 results include winning a Driveway cat 1,2,3 race, 4th at Shortline Crit and 7th overall Wolfpack Hustle Series, and traveling around the country with his teammate Joaquin Najar. Outside of racing, Chris loves riding BMX, filming and editing videos, following the obscure world of high-fashion, dabbling in photography, and traveling.
Tristan began racing bikes at the tender age of 4 when he accompanied his parents to a local mountain bike race, and he has been hooked ever since. He traveled the world as a junior racing national events and even the world championships. As an adult he’s raced just about every type of bike, and has focused on the “off the beaten path” style events. In January 2016, he won the single speed cyclocross national championships. Tristan lives in the fitness crazed city of Austin Texas and works as a bike mechanic. But one day he’ll quit his job to go live in a shack in the mountains.
David is a natural athlete who ran for UC Irvine under an athletic scholarship. He started bike racing in 2009, and quickly moved through the ranks to the top amateur levels in both mountain biking and road racing. David rode his first fixed gear bike only 10 days before he won the 2015 WolfPack Hustle Civic center crit. David is eager to pursue a full season with the Aventon Racing, WolfPack Hustle and Redhook Criteriums, as well as the local San Diego velodrome racing. His wife Suzanne is a lawyer, and his dog sprocket won him a keg of beer in a handsome dog contest.
Olivier is the first international rider on the Aventon Racing Team. He was born and raised in Dijon France, where he works as an electrician. Olivier races in over 10 fixed gear crits each year, and will be focusing on the Red Hook Crit series, as well as the National Moutarde Crit in his hometown of Dijon. When he isn’t working, training, or racing, he’s enjoying the excellent food and wine of the Bourgogne region.
Gretchen is a national champion rower, who took up cycling when she began medical school in San Diego in 2013. In 2015, she also became a national champion cyclist. She is also a former smoke jumper and a med school student, as well as a professional road racer on the Colavita Bianchi women’s team. She raced her first fixed gear crit for the Aventon Racing and finished 3rd at Red Hook Barcelona. With the combination of good endurance, a strong sprint, and now a little more experience under her belt, she’ll be a top contender in 2016.
Kym got her bike racing start in alleycats while working as a bike messenger in NYC. After winning the North American Cycle Courier championships and the Track State Championships in the same year, she took a long hiatus, during which she released 2 albums with the electro-duo No Way Josie, performed stunts on the movie Premium Rush and circumnavigated the globe on the Amazing Race. Upon relocating to LA, Kym returned to racing, kicking off her first fixed crit season with Aventon. When she’s not racing, Kym is bike commuting around LA, teaching classes at Soulcycle and garnering a small cult following via her Youtube channel, KymNonStop.
Nissy started racing bikes at 12 years old. Her first ride was on the road, but she was quickly drawn to the velodrome. “I still remember my first day; the moment I saw the track I knew this was where I belonged.” After the loss of her mother she found that cycling to be therapeutic. The bike is almost a part of Nissy. She says it is what makes her feel happy and whole. Nissy has won the Wolfpack Hustle Grand Prix on multiple occasions, and has been on the podium in several other fixed gear events. Nissy enjoys skiing, camping and skateboarding.
Sammi is a reptile lover ,an artist, and a bicycle courier in Austin, TX. She will take any type of bike you give her and smash the pedals. When she isn’t racing a fixed gear crit, she is racing mountain bikes, cyclocross, or road bikes. She started crit racing 4 years ago and was simply addicted. “It was like I’d found a missing part of myself.“ After a strong finish in her first fixed gear race at RHC Brooklyn, she was recruited by Coach Burke to race for the Aventon Racing, and has proven to be a strong rider who is always at the front end of the race.
Esther Walker, moved from North Dakota to California, where she started doing triathlons, followed by road racing, and then track/ fixed gear racing. She spends many hours racing and training on the San Diego Velodrome, she has won multiple state championships, as well as a national championship in the Madison. She’s particularly excited to be part of the Aventon team again this season, which allows her to combine her track riding with her road riding in a fun and exhilarating way. Esther’s as smart as she is fast and is working on her PhD in Cognitive Science. When she’s not training or in the lab, she’s likely refueling with donuts, coffee of craft beer.