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Meet the Captains

Jodie Eldridge, Mountain Bike Captain

jodie_eldridge@hotmail.com

Jodie started mountain biking in 1999 on a rigid steel frame bike.  She will never forget the patience and support of her riding partners who provided her with the skills to make it up and down Forest Ridge and City Park. Today, she is still paying it forward by helping bikers at all levels. 

For the past two years, she has led a beginner road ride at Bicycle Sport Shop’s Research shop.  The best part of these weekly group rides has been hearing the positive feedback and seeing the smiles on the riders’ faces at the end of the ride.

A Bicycle Sport Shop employee since December 2003, she has worked at all 3 shops at one time or another.  Jodie is a proud owner of a Niner Jet 9 RDO and a Specialized Ruby. 

Rob Spooner, Mountain Bike Captain

supspn@yahoo.com

A California Native, Rob Spooner grew up playing Water Polo and Swimming. After playing Water Polo for UC Santa Barbara and, unfortunately, tearing an ACL, he decided to try Triathlon as a way of getting back in shape. After getting his feet wet with a sprint triathlon, he stepped up to the half ironman distance and then to the full distance (Ironman California 2000). He thought it'd be fun, but that wasn't the case. Still, he tried again the following year.

At about that time, Rob met his wife Claudia and together they competed in two more Ironmans. After relocating to Texas, Rob was looking for a new challenge. He found Xterra Triathlon. He taught himself to moutain bike and had numerous trips over the handle bars and into trees.

Now, five years later, he owns multiple bikes from hard tails to single speeds and full suspension, has raced the TMBRA series the last few years and plans on racing in the single speed category. As an added challenge, Rob competed in Cyclocross the past two years as a way of getting fit for riding his true passion, mountain bikes. 

Carolyn DeFoore, Road Cycling Captain

cdefoore@gmail.com

Carolyn began her road cycling "career" in the 7th grade, starting out by trying to hang on to her dad's wheel. She was soon a regular on her dad's weekend club rides and even did some junior racing at the Alkek Velodrome in Houston, TX. Cycling has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember, and she plans to keep it a part of her life as long as her legs will move. She enjoys an occassional race just as much as a casual cruise to the local coffee shop or pub.

She loves seeing people new to the sport of cycling and encourages cyclists of all levels to get out and put in some miles! She's always happy to meet new folks, so don't be shy, and say "hello!"

Todd Musick, Road Cycling Captain

todd_m@bicyclesportshop.com

Texan by birth and cyclist by choice, there are few things better in life for Todd than rolling down a farm-to-market road in the spring with longhorns and bluebonnets on one side; cool-water stream and pecan trees on the other. Of course, crushing his friends on the weekly shop ride and watching their lungs and legs catch on fire is fun for him, too.

He's not a racer, per se, but he does enjoy competing against the "young guns" when he can. Fortunately for Todd, being a cyclist doesn't require a pro card or team sponsor; all that is needed is a bike – and he certainly has a few of those. Either way, racing or just riding, Todd always has fun on his bike.

This year Todd will be certified as a USA Cycling Coach. Furthermore, as Road Club Captain, he will be participating in the BSS weekly shop rides, the monthly BSS Women's Ride, and several of the BSS Signature Cycling Series rides. Just for fun, Todd will also throw in a few century rides as well as test his racing skills at the Driveway.

So, no matter if you're a racer or rider and regardless of your fitness or skills, please come join Todd and the BSS Road Club as they ride in 2013. Get up, get out, and go for a ride.

Claudia Spooner, Triathlon Captain

claudiaanns@yahoo.com

Claudia Spooner started racing marathon 20 years ago with her first marathon in 1993 in Dallas. Since that first race, she has been passionate about running, cycling and swimming for over 20 years. She has been ranked All American for the last 3 years and qualified to race as a professional this past November at Ironman Arizona. With this passion for racing and training, she took every step to learn as much as she could about the sport and ability to teach and encourage others.

She is a Certified USAT Level II Elite Coach, USA Cycling Level II Coach, USA Swimming Level II coach, and USA Track and Field Certified Coach. She also just recently got her TRX pro certification and her USAT Youth and Junior coaching certification.  

Her passion to teach and grow this sport is evident in how she lives her life and encourages others to live healthy active lifestyles.

She is a wife and mom with a 7 and 8-year-old girl and boy who she absolutely adores and encourages them to swim, bike, and run all with a healthy balance in life.

Jason Lentzke, Triathlon Captain

jason_l@bicyclesportshop.com

Jason grew up in the midwest and played soccer through high school and a bit in college. To stay in shape when he hung up his cleats, he started to run. By 2005, Jason was competing in marathons and ultramarathons. Later that year, he signed up for his first sprint triathlon. It wasn’t pretty, but Jason was hooked after his first race. Soon Jason was placing at the top of his age group. Jason enjoys racing all distances, but his true love is long course triathlon.


To share his passion for training and racing with others, Jason received his coaching certification from USAT in 2008. Since then, he has coached beginners and world championship qualifiers to personal success. For the last two years Jason has lived and trained in Austin, Texas with his wife, Jennifer.

Daniel Curtin, Cyclocross Captain

daniel_c@bicyclesportshop.com

Daniel, a Bicycle Sport Shop employee since 2007, has been an avid roadie since 1984, dabbling in races but mostly riding for fun. While threatening to get a cyclocross bike for years, it wasn't until 2011 that he took the plunge and toed the line at his first 'cross race. Not only did he find the racing challenging, but it was fun, and as serious as each person on the course wanted it to be. With short courses typically run in public parks, and short races, most under an hour, he found that his wife and daughter loved to come and enjoy a morning outdoors and watch the races along with many other racers' families. Burgeoned by the 'cross community's warm and welcoming nature--despite the good-natured heckling--and inspired by Austin being awarded the 2015 US Cyclocross National Championship, he helped found the Bicycle Sport Shop Cyclocross Team (now the Bicycle Sport Shop Cyclocross Club) and acts as an ambassador for the fastest growing cycling discipline in Texas. Daniel currently races as a Cat 3 'cross racer and is a part-time stay-at-home dad.

Carla Jennings, Cyclocross Captain

cjenn@austin.rr.com

Carla started riding bikes again as an adult in 2005. She got the racing bug early and has been racing mountain and cyclocross bikes since 2006. Carla’s raced for Bicycle Sport Shop since 2010.

Carla likes to exhibit good sportsmanship, promote the benefits of biking, and coach and encourage new riders. She hopes to draw in more women of all ages into the sports of mountain biking, cyclocross, and racing.

When she’s not on her bike, you can find Carla in a kayak. She’s an American Canoe Association certified kayak instructor, and teaches kayaking for Pure Austin Gym and for her own business, Konyag Kayaking.

 

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