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Meet Our Crew

Multi-Location Friendly Faces

Shawn Tevendale

Lead Tire CHanger

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

Favorite kind of riding: Bike park and cross country

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

Kristin "KK" Kesecker

Marketing & Outreach Manager

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

Fun Fact: Loves all things magical, especially Harry Potter and Unicorns.

B.O.B. Leftwich

Mechanic - Everywhere

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

Fun Facts: Self-proclaimed "Shurif of Bumpass"


Kim Parker

Store Manager - downtown

Favorite kind of riding: Road

Fun Fact: Recovering Tri-Athlete & current ultra distance open-water swimmer

Curtis Shaver

Service Manager

Favorite kind of riding: Mountain Biking - shredding all things gnar

Fun Fact: Will be reporting back as soon as he thinks of something

Tim Chambers

Mechanic, Downtown

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

Jonas Collins

Sales & Service

Favorite kind of riding: Technical & Cross Country

Fun Fact: He can tell you the head angle of any bike sold at BRC.

Matt Taylor


Favorite type of riding: Group road rides

Fun Facts: Will eat anything pickled, is mildly addicted to audio books, and plays bass guitar

Will Tilman


Favorite kind of riding: Enduro, park, backcountry

Fun Fact: Owns 5 pairs of Vans

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

Matt Dalton

Bike Fitter, Sales, Downtown 

Favorite kind of riding: Bikes

Technical certifications: Trek Precision Fit Certified

Fun Fact: Is a shameless nerd

Mitch Slaymaker

mechanic, downtown

Technical Certifications: A lifetime of bikes

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

Joe Reinhold


Favorite kind of riding: Mountain

Fun Fact: Former mechanic for VW and Porsche

John Howland


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Saylor Tillman


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Stephen Brewer


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Chris Philips

store manager

Favorite kind of riding: Gravel

Fun Fact: Favorite cookie flavor is garlic chocolate chip.

Carl Turner


Favorite type of riding: Mountain

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

Matt Ralph


Favorite kind of riding: Backcountry MTB

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

Susannah Cadwalader


Favorite type of riding: Adventure

Fun fact: Nickname from BOB is Susannah Nana Nana Nana Banana

Rebecca Leftwich

sales & service

Favorite kind of riding: Urban & Mountain

Fun Fact: Met her husband (BOB) through the bike industry. 




Bryan Oprel

Store Manager - Richmond

Favorite kind of riding: Gravel

Fun Fact: Loves kangaroo facts. Especially red kangaroos and their excellent thermoregulatory abilities.

Erin Shahan

Service Manager

Favorite kind of riding: Finds personal value in commuting by bike

Fun Fact: Rode by bike with their wife from Arizona to Richmond

Andrew Taylor


Favorite kind of riding: Gravel Riding

Fun Fact: Plays the banjo

Bobby Micalizzi


Favorite kind of riding: Enduro

Fun Fact: Has had 9 concussions


Support Crew


Shaine Smith

Web Consultant

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?