The Backcountry cycling team is growing at an alarming rate. The idea was hatched at the shop this winter and became reality this spring. Compared to the larger Anchorage teams we have just a handful of riders, but they've kicked ass this year. Our laid-back approach to cycling, willingness to support other team members, and appetite for good beer make the Backcountry team a ton of fun.
Our newest addition is Kirk Louthan, a young man who definitely fits the Backcountry model. Kirk is a 3rd year civil engineering student at UAA and lives in Kenai. Kirk started riding a mountain bike around the Kenai-Soldotna loop for fun his senior year of high school. He saved his fishing money and has since picked up a road bike. This year Kirk was awarded the Supper Randonneur by completing a 200k, 300k, 400k, and 600k Randonneur in the same year. Great work Kirk - quite a stretch from pushing a 40lb mountain bike around dirt roads!
It's great to have this guy as part of the Backcountry team. Look for Kirk during the distance events next year and call him if you need a road or bridge built.