Meet the Captains

Amy Parkinson, Mountain Bike Captain

Amy is originally from the UK and moved to Texas 4 years ago for a work opportunity. After discovering the amazing trail riding available here it was not long before she had her mountain bike shipped over and began to explore the local trails. 

Three months later she raced in her first Cat 3 TMBRA mountain bike race and despite finishing in last place she loved every minute. Her technical skills and fitness have come a long way since then and this year she will be racing in the TMBRA Pro/Open category. She prefers competing in the shorter distance XC races but has been know to race the occasional Xterra triathlon, cyclocross race, and MTB marathon race including the Leadville 100!

With a background in sport science, she loves to share her knowledge and help out all levels of cyclist. Amy loves being involved in the cycling community and hopes to encourage more women to get involved in mountain biking. 

Rob Spooner, Mountain Bike Captain

A California native, Rob grew up swimming and playing water polo, including for UC Santa Barbara. After tearing an ACL he took up triathlon as a way of getting back in shape. After getting his feet wet with a sprint distance race he stepped up to the half ironman distance and then to the full distance at Ironman California in 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 and found it in Xterra Triathlon. He taught himself to mountain bike and had numerous trips over the handlebars and into trees doing so.

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

Laura Jane Stephens, Road Captain 

A native Texan, Laura Jane—or  LJ—grew up riding horses instead of bikes. In 2008, LJ’s New Year’s resolutions included competing in her first triathlon and marathon. Of course, she hadn’t ridden a bike in 29 years, done a pool workout or open water swim, or run more than a 10k!  YouTube “How To” triathlon videos became her first coach. One triathlon became 10 that summer and she completed her first marathon that November. Consistent racing and training was interrupted though for more than a year as LJ was deployed overseas as LJ is also an active duty lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army stationed at Camp Mabry.

LJ’s New Year’s goals for 2012 included more triathlons and preparation for her first half Ironman in 2013 and first full Ironman in 2014. That’s when she walked into Bicycle Sport Shop and never looked back. A club member since 2013, LJ started the weekly Camp Mabry lunch ride and brought Bicycle Sport Shop into the annual American Heroes Open House held at Camp Mabry as the first and only local bike shop.

Besides being a competitor herself, LJ is a staunch supporter of every club member whatever form of riding or racing they enjoy. She was seen at dozens of triathlons and cyclocross races and was a fixture at last year’s Driveway Series cheering on her club mates. This year, LJ is testing the criterium and road racing waters herself and will toe the line. LJ is excited for the opportunities to foster new and old friendships and invites cyclists of all skill levels to get out and ride!

Todd Musick, Road Captain

A practicing lawyer, Todd has worked part-time at Bicycle Sport Shop since 2012. He calls it his “fun job” and enjoys helping people select their new bikes so they can experience the same sense of freedom he feels when cycling. Todd began cycling as a gym alternative and found it more rewarding and more challenging. He could never have imagined how many doors cycling would open for him, the inspiring and interesting people he would meet, or that he would be in his 40s and racing bikes.

Last year Todd was one of a only handful of cyclists that raced every week of the 32-week season at The Driveway Series a local weeknight criterium series unrivaled in popularity and talent perhaps anywhere in the country. Aside from the racing, Todd enjoys the ride with friends to and from Bicycle Sport Shop to the Driveway each week, cheering on his club mates, and of course having a cold beer afterwards with friends and rivals.

As road club captain Todd has increased the number of shop rides happening and has watched the number of weekly participants grow steadily. He is proud of his clubmates who have ridden thousands of miles with him and of those that come ride for their very first time on those rides--all with big smiles. Todd hopes to see more new riders on our shop rides and encourages everyone to join the Bicycle Sport Shop Cycling Club.

Claudia Spooner, Triathlon Captain

Claudia has been competing and coaching for over 20 years. Since her first race, her passion for endurance sports, particularly triathlon, has only grown. She has been an All American Triathlete the last 5 years, as well as one of the top masters racers competing at the World Championships for half and full Ironman distances, including three Kona World Championship finishes. Claudia has competed on Team USA and was 2013 and 2014 All World Gold Ironman Athlete.   

Claudia has taken every step to learn as much as she can about the sport so as to improve her ability to teach and encourage others. She is an Elite Level 2 USA Triathlon certified coach and has her Level II USA Swimming, Level II ASCA, Level II USA Cycling, and USA Track and Field coaching certifications. She is also certified as a USA Triathlon Youth and Junior coach. 

Claudia is a wife (to MTB captain Rob Spooner) and mom with a 7 year-old girl and an 8 year-old boy who she absolutely adores, and as with others she meets she encourages them to swim, bike, and run all with a healthy balance in life.

Leigh Busby, Cyclocross Captain 

Leigh is a native Austinite whose love affair with cycling began in the late 90s with a mountain bike. After spending so much time bruised and banged up from the Barton Creek Greenbelt, she moved to the road in 2003. Leigh spent her weekends doing charity rides, several centuries including the MS150, and even spent a week with Trek Travel in 2005 for the Tour de France, where she climbed Mont Ventoux, her most challenging ride to date!

Leigh joined the Bicycle Sport Shop Cycling Club in 2014 and was instantly addicted to the group rides and the amazing folks she met there. A fellow club rider--and now dear friend--invited her to cyclocross practice. After just one practice, Leigh purchased a 'cross bike and dove wheel first into the sport. She trained at almost every club practice in preparation for the Fall race season.  

Leigh raced 19 races in the Women’s 3/4 category, a Master’s race, and the 2015 Cyclocross National Championships held right here in Leigh's hometown of Austin. She loves the community and camaraderie of cyclocross and wants to share her passion for 'cross with others, especially with female cyclists who are ready to jump from the sidelines onto a run-up! 

While not on one of her bikes, Leigh is a CPA and works as a Controller at an insurance company. She  loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Daniel Curtin, Cyclocross Captain

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 this year's US Cyclocross National Championship, in 2011 he helped found the Bicycle Sport Shop Cyclocross Team (now part of the Bicycle Sport Shop Cycling Club) and acts as an ambassador for the fastest growing cycling discipline in Texas. Daniel currently races as a Cat 3/40+ "baby masters" 'cross racer, is a Cyclocross Magazine contributing author, and is a part-time stay-at-home dad. 


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