Meet the Captains

Chris

Chris Hiltenbrand, Road Co-Captain

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Chris is originally from Strasbourg, France, but has been here for over 35 years and considers himself a Texan. As a teenager, he rode bikes and mopeds for transportation, so he is quite at home in urban traffic.

After purchasing another road bike in the late 90s, Chris rode on his own for a few years. He then started to sweep both the BSS 25-mile Parmer Saturday Ride and the Research Beginner/Intermediate Ride in 2012. He joined the Bicycle Sport Shop Road Club in 2013 and has been leading those two rides and others ever since.

Raymond Martinez

Raymond Martinez, Road Co-Captain

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Raymond is a lifelong learner and educator from the Rio Grande Valley and has spent the last decade in the classroom before landing in Austin during the summer of 2018. Road cycling has been his passion since 2009, with most summers dedicated to pro tour watch parties and daily rides.

Although Raymond has yet to compete in a race, he loves sprinting and going the extra mile on rides. You can find him leading the BSS 35-mile Parmer Saturday ride and supporting most weekday rides out of the Research location.


Wes Robinson

Wes Robinson, Mountain Bike Captain

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Wes rented a Specialized Rockhopper from Bicycle Sport Shop on Toomey Road in 1991 and has been hooked ever since. A year later, he began racing mountain bikes for the University of Texas Cycling Club.

Since then, he co-founded Circle C Ranch Cycling Club, became a master-level cycling instructor for the League of American Bicyclists, served as the education director for the Austin Cycling Association (now Bike Austin), and is a certified as a level 1 ride guide with the IMBA. Wes and his wife, Laurie, have four children and live in southwest Austin near the south Austin trail network where Wes does most of his mountain biking.

Jeremy Watkins

Jeremy Watkins, Vice Mountain Bike Captain

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Jeremy grew up in a small Mississippi town before moving to Austin about 13 years ago. Shortly after moving, he started riding his bike to work and eventually picked up road cycling. After some time on the road, he turned his interest to trails and has been riding mountain bikes ever since. Jeremy’s favorite part of riding is challenging technical trails and he enjoys helping those new to mountain biking with their skills. He has raced the past several years in the TMBRA series, but generally takes it easy these days. Last year he had several opportunities to help local organizations teaching kids about riding and bike safety and he hopes to continue that outreach in the coming year.

Favorite Rides: Pace Bend, Brushy Creek, Lake Georgetown Loop.

leigh busby

Leigh Busby, Vice Mountain Bike Captain

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Leigh is a native Austinite whose love affair with cycling began in the late 90's with a mountain bike. She moved to the road in 2003 and spent her weekends doing charity rides, several centuries, and spent a week with Trek Travel for the Tour de France, where she climbed Mont Ventoux, her most challenging ride to date!

Leigh joined the Team 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 and, after just one practice, she purchased a 'cross bike and has been racing since 2014. Leigh also reawakened her passion for mountain biking in 2016 and now races in the TMBRA Spring series each year. She is happiest with dirt and grass under her wheels!

She loves the community and camaraderie of Team Bicycle Sport Shop and wants to share her passion for mountain biking and cyclocross with others, especially female cyclists who are ready to jump from the sidelines to a start line. Leigh is a CPA and works as a Controller at an insurance company.


Frank Hinnant

Frank Hinnant, Triathlon Captain

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Born and raised in Texas, Frank was inspired by a good friend and fellow club member to volunteer at Jack’s Generic triathlon in 2014. He watched and thought to himself, “I can do that.” So he did.

Frank joined the Bicycle Sport Shop Triathlon Club in 2014 and became an avid competitor. In 2017 he competed in all levels of triathlon from Sprint distance to Ironman Arizona earning him the distinction of 2018 Silver All World Athlete, top 5% in the world in his age group. Frank set the bar high in 2019 and plans to compete in Ironman Texas in April and Ironman Florida in November. He is often seen participating in group rides at all of the Bicycle Sport Shop locations, supporting the Cyclocross team, cheering on cyclists at the Driveway series, swimming at Quarry Lake, Pflugerville or Decker, biking on Parmer or country roads, or running around Lady Bird Lake. Frank is a Human Resources Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army.

Kari Wilner

Kari Wilner, Vice Triathlon Captain

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Kari's background in competitive swimming/coaching and as a cycling instructor led her to try an indoor triathlon at the YMCA where she worked in the Fall of 2008. She had so much fun she decided to try her first competitive triathlon the following summer. She was hooked, and since then she's completed numerous sprint, Olympic and 70.3 (she's only "half" crazy) distance triathlons, including 2017 and 2018 USAT age group nationals.

At the urging of her NM teammates, she took up cyclocross in 2015 and soon after made her way to mountain biking. In 2017 Kari and her husband, Marcus moved to Austin where she attended her first Women's Ride Day with BSS and met Leigh Busby who encouraged her to join BSS and race cyclocross with the team. She attended Dan's cross clinics and was impressed by the friendliness of everyone she met. Kari is thrilled to represent Bicycle Sport Shop and share her passion for cycling and triathlon with those new and old to the sport.


Nicholas Oberski

Nicholas Oberski, Cyclocross Co-Captain

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Nicholas is originally from Michigan and recently moved to Austin from Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Laura, and their son, Isaiah, to be closer to family. Nicholas loves to ride bikes to explore his surroundings in a new and exciting way, meet people from all walks of life, and for the challenge it bringsto always push harder to go farther, faster (Strava KOMs anyone?). Above all, Nicholas loves to ride bikes for the community it brings both through racing and riding in a group. His desire to be a part of a local cycling community is what brought him to join Bicycle Sport Shop Cycling Club.

You will most likely find Nicholas at the Texas cyclocross races or riding the bike path while pulling his son in the Burley to get in his "weight training." Feel free to ask him any bike related questions as he loves to talk tech, training, and technique!

Jim

Jim Hungerford, Cyclocross Co-Captain

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Jim is originally from Omaha, NE and lived in Colorado and Kansas before landing in Austin in 2000. He started riding bikes to lose weight and managed to ride off 130 lbs. Jim likes to feel the wind in [what’s left of] his hair, carbon fiber everything, and a flowery IPA. He is a Network Systems Administrator for a local government organization and the club's unofficial official photographer.

Thursdays are for the Driveway. Fall is for Cyclocross. Spring is for gravel. And every day is for cheering on club members at races.