Ambassadors

Ride dirty and smile! One of our mottos. And … our Ambassadors help bring that smile. Dirty Freehub would not be what it is without their efforts!


AndrewM (aka: MacGyver)

Training
AndrewM standing by his gravel bike.

Andrew loves his bikes and where they take him. He enjoys riding and racing gravel and mountains, bike packing, bike touring as well as backpacking, skiing and playing guitar. Originally drawn to Bend several years years ago by the areas mountain biking trails, he’s discovered the unending amount of great gravel riding in this area to be his favorite. You’ll most likely spot him riding with his significantly tougher wife, “Flower Power” April.

Andrew is our MacGyver guy. He can repair it all in the field and he is our “go to guy” for all things tubeless. He does a “killer” seminars on tubeless tire technologies and in field repairs.

What He Rides
Norco Carbon Search XR with 1×11 gearing, Redshift Shockstop stem, 40mm Maxis Rambler Tubeless tires (naturally) on Praxis carbon rims. 

What He Navigates With
Wahoo Bolt

His Favorite Route
Over the Rainbow


BenG

Route Development

BenG is our bikepacking expert. He has documented several great multi-day bikepacking routes including the Steens Mountain Tour loop in Central Oregon and the Tour of the Giants in northern California and southwest Oregon.

BenG started riding as a child in The Netherlands. He began touring with his brother as a young teen to visit the grandmas … riding all day … little did he know that was his first century.  Ben has made Central Oregon home for both work and play since 2000, dabbling in summer and winter sports that offer adventure. His favorite ride is the “The Oregon Outback”.

What He Rides
A Niner RLT9 Steel, with a super compact crank making for 32*48 up front and a 11*32 cassette. The stock wheel set is Stan’s Grails rims with Swalbe 40 mm tubeless tires at ~ 40 psi. He has a second Nox carbon wheelset for road rides, running Continental Gator Skins.


DavidB

Route Review

He’s been obsessed with riding bicycles his entire adult life. He might even have been fairly fast once (his quote, not ours!), although that’s arguable now. What’s not arguable is that despite being pretty darned slow now, he is still obsessed with the efficient elegance of bicycles and with riding them. Since retiring and moving to Central Oregon in 2011, his mind has been pretty boggled by all the ways he can ride in varied and beautiful places away from traffic.

What He Rides
Custom Sage Ti “monstercross” bike running SRAM Eagle 1X because it’s all about progressive geometry and wide tires!  Specifically, 29×48 mm Rene Herse Oracle Ridge tires (most versatile tire ever made?) on Weareone carbon rims for “normal” gravel.  He sets this bike up with a suspension fork and a CushCore equipped MTB wheelset when he wants to peg the fun meter on singletrack and gnarlier roads.


DennisK

Route Development

DennisK is a one of our Central Oregon Route Ambassadors. He also has extensive knowledge of Northern California and Arizona.

Some of the routes he has authored include Horse to Horse and Trade Wars.

DennisK gave up the “usual” road riding concept due to so many distracted drivers, but somehow is still riding roads. Dirt, that is! He likes rides that have some technical parts and surface changes. And he is one of the most fit 70+ year olds that you will find on a bike. He and Gravel Girl are great riding companions.

What He Rides
An all black Salsa Warbird (version 4) with Shimano Ultegra Di2, an Easton 46/30 crankset with 11/34 cassette, Maxxis Ravager tires (40mm, 22/24 psi) on HED Ardennes Plus wheels. His previous Warbird has been converted into his road bike.

What He Navigates With
Lezyne Mega XL

His Favorite Route
Post 35


DeWayneW

Route Development

DeWayneW is one of our Willamette Valley Ambassadors.

He has authored several routes in the Willamette Valley including Sublimity HIlls.

DeWayneW is a recent convert from an exclusive trail rider to gravel grinding. In the spring of 2019, he was challenged to enter a gravel race with Mudslinger Events and has been hooked on gravel ever since. He still regularly rides his home single-track in Silver Falls and Shellburg Falls parks but now tackles 5-Star DF routes as often as possible while still working full time. He still enjoys gravel racing, but only races from aid station to aid station! He was married on Leap Day 2020 and has added tandem gravel grinding with his wife to his list of everyday adventures, most recently the Big Summit Prairie route.

What He Rides
DeWayne recently upgraded from a converted CX bike to a Trek Checkpoint ALR5 running WTB Riddler 45’s, but will switch back to his favorite Gravel King SK 43’s when those wear out. The Checkpoint has a Brooks C13 saddle and Salsa Cowchipper 46mm bars that make all day rides much more bearable.  The gravel tandem is an older Raleigh that is upgraded to 9″ disc brakes and 27.5 wheels with, what else, Gravel King SK’s!

What He Navigates With
RWGPS Mobile App and records with a Garmin Edge 200.

His Favorite Route
Horn of the Metolius


JoshV

Route Development

Josh started riding gravel in August 2019 and has been loving all aspects from the adventure of exploring Arizona’s beautiful and primitive backroads, to the rush and competition of races, and the fitness of the daily grind. He still enjoys bombing his mountain bike around as well.

What He Rides
2020 Salsa Warbird Custom with GRX600, Panaracer Gravelking SK Plus 43mm (700c), Hunt 35 Carbon Gravel Disc X-Wide Wheelset, Skingrowsback Lunchbox and Plan B bags.

What He Navigates With
Wahoo Roam

His Favorite Route
Rim Road 40 (so far!)


SamH

Route Review

Sam is new to gravel but long in the tooth for road, and somewhere in between for mountain biking. Sam rides a Trek Checkpoint ALR4 with 40mm tires. Sam was also the founder of the Central Oregon Wheelers, a local recreational bike club.

He is also a board member of the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).

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