Meet the Captains
Amy de Boisblanc, Mountain Bike Captain
Amy is originally from the UK and moved to Texas in 2010 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.
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, 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 again on racing in the single speed category this year. As an added challenge, Rob has raced cyclocross the past few years as a way of getting fit for his true passion, mountain bike racing.
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.
In 2014 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.
Since her first race, Claudia's passion for endurance sports, particularly triathlon, has only grown. She began racing triathlon in 2001 at the suggestion of her husband, Rob, and after 5 years racing triathlons, took a short break from competition to start a family. When Claudia returned to triathlon, she qualified for her first 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater and has sense competed in countless triathlon events, including 11 Ironman events--4 of which have been Kona Ironman World Championships. And she recently qualifyed for her fifth trip to Kona with an AG win at Ironman Arizona in 2015. She has been a six-time All American Triathlete, as well as one of the top masters racers competing at the World Championships for half and full Ironman distances. Claudia has competed on Team USA and is a three-time 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 10 year-old girl and and 11 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 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 invited her to cyclocross practice. After just one practice, Leigh purchased a 'cross bike and dove wheel first into the sport!
Leigh races in the Master’s Women 3/4 and Women’s 3/4 category and competed in 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!
Laura Jane, or “LJ”, is a Texas native who found her inner athlete later in life. In 2008, LJ’s New Year commitment was to complete a sprint triathlon and her first marathon. That commitment turned into 10 triathlons and a successful San Antonio Marathon race for the year.
After a one-year break for a deployment to Iraq (LJ is an active duty Army Officer), she decided to get serious about her triathlons and found her way to Bicycle Sport Shop. LJ then joined the Bicycle Sport Shop Cycling Club when it first started in January 2013, and has been an extremely active member as an athlete, co-captain, and all-around cheerleader. She completed her first Ironman in 2014, and has since toed the line at The Driveway Series (crit racing), road racing, and time trials, with gravel grinders and cyclocross on the horizon.
This year ushers in transition from her role as the 2015 BSS Road Club Co-Captain to the 2016 Women’s Ambassador. LJ’s new role will include coordinating and planning women specific rides and events, serving as a resource for female members of the Bicycle Sport Shop Cycling Club, and simply doing whatever it takes to encourage more women to ride!