Meet the Captains

LJ Stephens, Road Captain

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, 2015 Road Club Co-Captain, 2016 Women’s Ambassador, and all-around cheerleader. She completed her first Ironman in 2014, and done crit racing at The Driveway Series, road racing, time trials, and gravel grinders.

This year ushers in her new role as the 2017 BSS Road Club Captain. LJ’s position will include coordinating and planning weekly rides, events, clinics, and ride leader training, continuing to serve as a resource for female members of the Bicycle Sport Shop Cycling Club, and simply doing whatever it takes to encourage more folks to ride!

Chris Morris, Vice Road Captain

Chris is a native Austinite who started cycling back in 2009 to try and get in shape. He competed in a few sprint triathlons, half and full marathons. He really enjoyed the training for endurance sports, but eventually gravitated toward road cycling. Chris found the BSS road club at the Lamar store in 2013 and became a member.

His goals for this year are simple...ride more, compete in his first road race, and meet more club members. He enjoys spending time with his family, has been working at Samsung Austin for almost 12 years, and is a Navy veteran.

Dani Pedroza, Vice Road Captain

Dani started riding bikes fairly recently, but dove in head first. In preparing for a study abroad trip in Southeast Asia in 2015, she decided that bicycle transportation was going to be her best option. When she returned to the states, a new Ruby was waiting for her and she made 2016 count. Her first 50-mile ride quickly led to her first 100k which lead right into her first century (now an annual BSS ride, Dani's second annual First Century). Dani is on the board of directors of Team Snacks, an all women's cycling group; helps her husband Dan run Velo View Bike Tours (Texas), and can be found cheering and heckling at the Driveway Crit series as well as the cyclocross races in the fall.

Jeremy Watkins, Mountain Bike Captain

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 has raced in the local TMBRA series and done many endurance events for several years running now, racing in both the geared and single speed categories. He enjoys the atmosphere at races and cheering on friends and club members. He looks forward to meeting fellow club members and leading weekly rides and monthly out of town rides to the various MTB trails in the area. He also hopes to utilize his IMBA certification with smaller sessioning groups or clinics.

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

Noel Reuter, Vice Mountain Bike Captain

As a long time, avid mountain biker, Noel was coaxed into his first race back in 2001. He found out that racing is a good excuse to ride more often, so he became hooked! He joined the BSS mountain bike team shortly thereafter.

While primarily focusing on the Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association series, he also does longer marathon races and shorter CX races. He competes in Cat 1 and enjoys the challenges and camaraderie of 24-hour team relay races. Noel and his wife, Leslie, live in Cedar Park and can often be seen riding the trails and roads on the north side of town.


Wes Robinson, Vice Mountain Bike Captain

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.

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Claudia Spooner, Triathlon Captain

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 since competed in countless triathlon events, including 11 Ironman events--4 of which have been Kona Ironman World Championships. She qualified 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 in order 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 and mother of a 10-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy – and as with others she meets, she encourages them to swim, bike, and run all with a healthy balance in life.

Frank Hinnant, Vice Triathlon Captain

Born and raised in Texas, Frank’s first escapade on a bicycle was at Walnut Creek in 2000. After a 13-year hiatus, he watched a good friend complete the Jack’s Generic triathlon and thought to himself, “I can do that.” And so he did.

Frank joined the Bicycle Sport Shop Triathlon Club in 2014 and became and avid competitor. He can be seen participating in group rides at all of the Bicycle Sport Shop locations, supporting the Cyclocross team, cheering on the team 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.

Jon Epperson, Vice Triathlon Captain

Jon is an easy-going business professional with an enthusiasm for all outdoor sports. His passion for cycling started with riding mountain bike trails in Ohio and southeast Michigan in middle school. It has developed into a favorite pastime riding the numerous trails of Central Texas.

He purchased his first road bike in 2011 and has been active in the triathlon scene ever since. He enjoys training on both road and trail and looks forward to engaging those who are interested in training for off-road triathlon and duathlon races.

Dan Pedroza, Cyclocross Captain

A native Texan growing up in El Paso, Dan moved to Austin in the Spring of 1994 where bicycles were the furthest thing from his mind. After spending over 15 years building and racing cars, Dan hung up his helmet for the last time and went searching for a new hobby.

In late 2012 his first bicycle purchased was a hybrid touring bike just to start pedaling on the road and the addiction started. Wanting to learn more about bicycles and meet more like-minded riders he joined the inaugural Bicycle Sport Shop Club in 2013 and has been an active part of the club since day 1.

That same year (2013) with a strong push from CX Women's Club Captain at the time, Carla Jennings, he bought his first road/CX bike from Bicycle Sport Shop and jumped into the world of cyclocross head first. Thankfully he learned the ropes relatively quickly (if you can call 3 years relative quick) from veteran BSSCX racers Brett Kinsey, Daniel Curtin, Joey Machado and Ray Frias.

"Cyclocross is the absolute best social sport of bicycle racing. It brings the entire family together along with friends to enjoy a great day in the park. We take great joy in the ability to teach others all about CX, just as I was taught from friends. BSSCX has a well-deserved reputation of being the largest fun club in Austin and we're the 'Go To' club for the beginner clinics and Women's Clinic. Nothing makes me happier than to see a new CX racer smile after they mastered their first skills unique to cyclocross."

Dan is currently a Cat 3 CX racer, Cat 2 mountain bike racer and husband to Sierra for the past 15 years. They have one beagle, Olaf, who will turn 15 this summer. When not on a bike you might find Dan actually at work where he is the owner/operator of Eagle Transmission in Pflugerville, TX.

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Leigh Busby, Vice Cyclocross Captain

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.

She loves the community and camaraderie of Cyclocross and wants to share her passion for 'cross with others, especially female cyclists who are ready to jump from the sidelines onto a run-up. Leigh is a CPA and works as a Controller at an insurance company.

Bill Swinford, Vice Cyclocross Captain

Bill began riding on a recreational basis in 1988. On a dare, he rode his first Hotter Than Hell 100. Although woefully under-prepared for the ordeal, he survived...barely. Based on that experience, he started training in earnest and went on to race criterium and road races throughout the early and mid-1990's.

After a hiatus from competitive cycling, Bill has returned to race for Bicycle Sport Shop in the Masters 50+ cyclocross category.

Bill's race schedule this year includes gravel events, the occasional road race, Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons (a new challenge!) and, of course, cyclocross.


Andy Bevan, Social Ride Captain

Andy is originally from London, England, but got to Austin as soon as he could in December 2012. Andy is a senior software developer, whose family has cycled most of his life, including the London to Paris bicycle tour.

Once in Texas, Andy decided the best way to meet people and stay fit was on two wheels. He joined the BSS Road Club’s Tuesday night ride from Research on a regular basis, as well as jumping onto an occasional Sunday Lamar ride, and cheering BSS members at multiple triathlon events. By 2015, he had already joined the BSS clubs as a Legacy Member, led multiple Sunday Beginner rides, volunteered at numerous Women’s Day Rides, and toed the line at The Driveway Series. In 2016, Andy continued all of his volunteer efforts with BSS, as well as planning and joining social rides, including the April century distance ride and annual December holiday lights ride.

Andy will fill a new Social Ride Captain position in the BSS Clubs. This role will include coordinating and planning monthly social rides and events. These rides will focus on both leisurely social networking, routing through pubs, restaurants, and coffee shops, as well as giving back to the community through food drive rides and holiday family fun.



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