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Meet Our Crew

Shawn Tevendale


Opened Blue Ridge Cyclery in 2010.

Favorite kind of riding: Long mountain rides in the woods

Fun facts: Lifelong fisherman; hates kangaroos

More History

Jaruchan "Jip" Palakawongs

General Manager

Years at BRC: 8

Favorite kind of riding: Bike park and cross country

Fun fact: Climbed Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia.

John Stott

Store Manager, Downtown

Years in the Industry: 25+

Favorite kind of riding: Singletrack

Technical certifications: Master Technician, DT Swiss certified wheel builder, RockShox certified suspension/brake technician

Fun Fact: Once fell down a well. (He made it out.)

Chris Philips

store manager, warrenton

Favorite kind of riding: Gravel

Fun Fact: Visited and toured all of Rome in 36 hours

Matt Taylor

Sales, hollymead & downtown

Years at BRC: 6

Favorite type of riding: Group road rides

Fun Facts: Will eat anything pickled, is mildly addicted to audio books, and once beat Lance Armstrong in a time trial

Matt Dalton

Bike Fitter, Sales, Downtown 

Years at BRC: 7

Favorite kind of riding: Bikes

Technical certifications: Trek Precision Fit Certified

Fun Fact: Is a shameless nerd

Meredith McCreight

Marketing & Outreach Manager

Favorite kind of riding: Road... but slowly being converted to MTB

Fun Facts: Melts at the sight of a really cute dog (so... a dog); owns a small design business

Rob Whittaker

Service manager, hollymead

Years working in bike shops: Since he was 12

Favorite kind of riding: Anything 30 miles or less, though historically commits to grueling endurance rides

Technical Certifications: Trek Certified Technician

Fun Facts: At age 16 he toured CO on bike for a week with his dad; was a bouncer at a night club for one whole night

B.O.B. Leftwich

Mechanic, Warrenton

Technical certifications: If it's bike related tecnhology, he's either been trained in it or helped develop it

Fun Facts: Regular Ironman event pit crew volunteer; owned and operated Bike Stop Warrenton for 38 years!

Justin Matijasic A.K.A. "Kreegee"

Mechanic, Downtown

Years wrenching: 12

Favorite kind of riding: Cyclocross

Technical Certifications: Certified Spin Doctor

Fun Facts: Is the son of a preacher man, practices siddha yoga

Tim Chambers

Mechanic, Downtown

Years wrenching: 19

Favorite kind of riding: Urban/Mountain

Technical Certifications: UBI suspension, wheel building, master technician

Fun Fact: can tell you the horse power of any car ever

Kristin ("KK") Kesecker


Favorite kind of riding: Fun riding. If it's fun, she's in! Mostly mountain and gravel.

Fun Fact: Her bikes are named Princess Unicorn and Mountain Unicorn

Jules Reid

Sales, Warrenton

Favorite kind of riding: Leisure

Fun Facts: Has over 30 pairs of sunglasses; loves roller coasters

Will Tilman

Sales, hollymead

Favorite kind of riding: Enduro, park, backcountry

Fun Fact: Owns 5 pairs of Vans

Steve Wells

Mechanic, hollymead

Favorite kind of riding: The kind of trail riding that makes the inside of a car smell like a horse

Fun Facts: Hates neighborhood yard sales; used to be on an inline skating team

Mitch Slaymaker

mechanic, downtown

Technical Certifications: A lifetime of bikes

Fun Fact: Used to be a hardcore road racer in the 70s

Teri Glennon

Mechanic, hollymead & downtown

Favorite kind of riding: A toss-up between hardcore big mountain riding and any ride with a friend. 

Fun fact: Recently rode her bike from Richmond, VA to Bar Harbor, ME and hopes to ride the Pacific coast next year

Shaina Rhodes

sales, hollymead

Favorite kind of riding: Trail

Fun Fact: Did a K9 biathlon with her dog, Gypsy

Victor Hengarter


Favorite kind of riding: Trails

Technical certifications: Robot builder (that counts, right?)

Fun fact: Built a robot that participated in an international tournament

Carl Turner


Favorite type of riding: Mountain

Fun fact: He was born 1500 feet from our Warrenton store

Dale Walker

Mechanic, hollymead 

Favorite kind of riding: Shenandoah National Park on a road bike

Technical certifications: Nope. Years of experience

Fun fact: Speaks German

Nate Paolella

Check-in tech & sales, downtown

Favorite kind of riding: Road

Fun Fact: LOVES Wawa

Matt Ralph


Favorite kind of riding: Backcountry MTB

Fun fact: Scared of bees... which makes the backcountry riding interesting

Nathan Masters


Favorite kind of riding: Downhill

Fun facts: Dislocated his shoulder 6 times in one year and earned the nickname "LEGO"; completed the One Chip Challenge (look it up)

Shaine Smith

Web Consultant

Years with BRC: 3

Favorite kind of riding: Rocky, techy singletrack in the desert

Fun Fact: Terrified of roller coasters


Head of puplick relations

Full name: Reese Witherspoon Plott

Favorite kind of riding: Cross Country

Fun Fact: Loves chasing bears, remote controlled cars; will do anything for crab meat

Wanna join our crew?