Spoke Apparel 2016 Downhill & Enduro Race Team

We’re pleased to be supported by Industry Nine, RaceFace, Hawley, Santa Cruz Bikes, Five Ten and Smith Optics for the 2016 season.

The Team Schedule

We’re going to be riding the Eastern States Cup (Atlantic Series), some ProGRT’s and some Eastern States Cup Enduro.

Downhill Team Riders

Amy Leishear

Leishear
About Amy
Amy is the 2015 Gravity East Pro Women’s overall champ and MAC Dual Slalom series Pro Women’s overall champ for 2015. She’s a proven all-around shredder whether she is riding her trail bike, single speed, road bike or downhill bike. A true competitor, Amy also took first in 2013 for Pro Women at the East Coast’s only endurance DH race; Snowshoe Mountain’s Chomolungma Challenge.

Amy’s Stats:

Category………….Pro
Years Racing…….5
Podiums…………..16
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Specialized Demo 8

Jon Hanson

Leishear
About Jon
An 8 year vet with over 25 podiums, stoked to have another Mountain Creek local on the squad. Jon embodies the spirit and soul of the sport in a manner we feel solid getting behind. He will be racing ProGRTs, GES and ESC races this season. Jon will also be lending his creative input to the development of our 2017 freeride jersey.

Jon’s Stats:

Category………….Pro
Years Racing…….8
Podiums…………..26
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Commencal Supreme DH v4

Justin Brigandi

Brigandi About Justin
Brigandi was the Gravity East Series overall Pro champ in 2013 and the US Open champ in 2011. He is no stranger to trail building and has consistently served as one of the main builders and course testers for the World Cup track in Windham, NY. Justin is a resident pro at Mountain Creek Bike Park and Spoke Apparel’s only supported freerider.

Justin’s Stats:

Category………….Pro
Years Racing…….7
Podiums…………..15
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Canfield Jedi, Santa Cruz Nomad
Social…………….@burger_brigandi (gram) Facebook

Jeremy Fahey

Fahey
About Jeremy
When we asked Jeremy to send us a pic for his bio, he sent us this. When we asked him for a brief write up on himself, he responded “I like to race.” Suffice it to say, we have a black sheep on our hands. And that’s fine with us. This guy can do or say whatever the hell he pleases. We’ll just let his numbers do the talking. And if we ever figure out what kind of bike he rides, we’ll be sure to replace his response below.

Jeremy’s Stats:

Category………….Cat 1, 40+
Years Racing…….6
Podiums…………..25
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Says he’s more of a lace-type guy.
Social………………Facebook

Bobby Michailides

Bobby About Bobby
We invited Bobby to his first race back in 2014. He was immediately hooked. A year later, he coined himself the Berminator. He made us print it on his race jersey. He quickly moved up to Cat 1, and immediately became a winning threat. If nothing else, he’s earned his nickname. And our respect. Big ups, Bermy.

Bobby’s Stats:

Category………….Cat 1, 40+
Years Racing……..3
Podiums……………13
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Canfield Jedi & Balance
Social……..@BMichailides (gram) @birdseyeww (twit)

Mike Karfakis

Fakis
About Mike
Closing the 2015 season as the Cat 2 30-39 overall champ in the Gravity East Series, Mike is racing Cat 1 in 2016. He got his start riding XC/AM in the mid-Atlantic. After riding downhill for the first time in Bootleg Canyon, NV, he was hooked. A few seasons later, he was racing.

Mike’s Stats:

Category………….Cat 1, 40+
Years Racing…….6
Podiums………….9
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Commencal Supreme DH v3, Santa Cruz Nomad
Social…..@SpokeApparel (gram) @SpokeApparel (twit)

Dylan Blachek

Blachek
About Dylan
Dylan grew up riding moto and BMX (street). He credits his flow and line choice to twisting throttles and mucking around town on the BMX with his boys. He stumbled upon DH a couple years ago and immediately fell in love. New to the Cat 1 division in 2015, Dylan’s looking forward competing for that top step against some very worthy contenders.

Dylan’s Stats:
Category………….Cat 1, 19-29
Years Racing…….3
Podiums…………..9
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Giant Glory

Chris Pound

Chris Pound
About Chris
Chris picked up racing casually to challenge himself after having been off a bike for over a year do to a serious hand injury. Since that time he has raced DH, Super D and Enduro. His best result was first place in the Vermont State Super D Championships at Sugarbush. With the support of our team in 2016, Chris looks forward to regaining his speed and results.

Chris’ Stats:

Category………….Cat 2, 40+
Years Racing…….4
Podiums…………..16
Race History……..click here
Whips……………Canfield Jedi & Canfield Riot
Social…………….@LBS707 (gram)

Joe Shack

Joe Shack
About Joe Shack
Shack Attack’s energy and good vibes are infectious. He is an avid freerider who got into the genre as a way to build the strength back in his leg after a bad break riding moto. Joe has more passion than anyone for speed and the podium. When he isn’t racing, he is filming riding sequences, building trails, and riding dirt jumps.

Joe Shack’s Stats:

Category………….Cat 2, 30-39
Years Racing…….5
Podiums…………..12
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Kona Operator, Santa Cruz Bronson
Social…………….@rider_j_shack (gram)

Joe Pharaoh

Joe P
About Joe
With his ZZ Top beard and his full-on, all-in attitude, Joe goes in fast and hard and leaves it all on the mountain. Hailing from Ithaca, NY, Joe is just as likely to show up on the day of the race, or with camper and family in tow two days ahead of time. Either way, he’s a super fun time to have around.

Joe’s Stats:

Category………….Cat 1, 40+
Years Racing…….5
Podiums…………..16
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Kona Operator

Mike Render

Render
About Mike
Mike started riding MTB long before DH forks revolutionized the world with 2.5″ of travel. He’s the definition of a bike bum (with a smarty-pants day job) and a go-to guy for anything industry related. Mike’s been turning wrenches ever since we can remember is our team wrench along with Gary.

Mike’s Stats:

Category………….Cat 2, 40+
Years Racing…….3 (DH) Many XC
Podiums…………..5
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Specialized Status

Gary Lessner

Lessner
About Gary
A former trials champ and pioneer of the sport, Gary’s bike handling skills are second to few. He is a joy to watch ride on any occasion, on any ride, simply because you never know what he is going to do next. He holds a USA Cycling Race Mechanic’s License and is our team wrench along with Mike Render.

Gary’s Stats:

Category………….Cat 2, 30-39
Years Racing…….5
Podiums…………..1
Race History……..click here
Whip……………….Commencal Supreme DH v2, Transition
Social………………@mobtownvelo (gram)