Eric Brandt – Mechanic

Eric BrandtEric Brandt began working with the Drake MTB team in 2005 when his son joined the team as a freshman. Over the years Eric continued to ride with the team, as a parent ride leader and coach.

He has been a mechanic at the races using the skills he gained over 20 years of working as a road race mechanic for Shimano, SRAM and Mavic.

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Joe Breeze – Mechanic

Joe BreezeJoe helps keep the teams gears running smoothly. He also happens to be one of the pioneers of mountain biking.

He was an early pioneer in the development of modern mountain bicycles, and is widely considered to be one of its inventors, along with other pioneers, including Tom RitcheyCharlie KellyCharlie Cunningham, and Gary Fisher. He was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1988.

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2009 Tamarancho 1000 A Huge Success

Super Heroes

Super Heroes!

Super Heroes abound at the 3rd Annual Tamarancho 1000, held on Halloween.

Not only were there riders who were super heroes but an incredible effort by Tony Ruggiero and the Parent Committee made this event a huge success!

Thank you all so very much for putting together an organized, delicious and well staffed event. From the breakfast burritos to the burgers to the lap counters and course marshals, it was, like the awesome Drake MTB Team itself, a well oiled machine.

Many thanks go out to Julia Voilich and the Redwood gang as well for their part in making this a great success. Drake riders rode 114 laps and Redwood added another 51 for a total of 990 miles! Add Coaches laps and we were able to hit the official 1000 mark to make this a true Tamarancho 1000.

Again, thank you all for participating. This is a great start to what I am sure will be an incredible season for Drake MTB.

Roll Pirates!