You’ll find James behind the scenes filling the shops to the gills with the best gear and working the dream so the dream works.
He has assembled a group of high achievers who are excited about getting new riders down the road or trail and want to belong in a growing organization. Know someone like that?
His ideas include educating every person in the community how to change a tube, making drivers see cyclists as humans rather than objects, and having all humans think bicycle before car.
Cycling can be inviting and unintimidating, easy, fun, and the healthy distraction from everything else going on in the day. He hopes you feel it in the stores with the following fine advocates and practitioners of the bicycling lifestyle.
Will, along with his wife, dog, and two cats, moved to Huntersville in 2015 to be closer to family and mountains. Prior to North Carolina, he worked at The Bicycle Shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
He enjoys cyclocross and road riding as well as exploring the local mountain bike trails. When not riding or helping customers find the right bike, he enjoys being outside or watching college football - Geaux Tigers!
Pete, a retired fire captain, comes to us from Colombia, SC. An endurance athlete who loves all the joy and freedom that riding a bike brings to life. On the road or in the woods, he can help you find the right bike to bring that same joy to your life.
Jackson is Pete's service dog and an all around rock star! He helps Pete navigate day to day life while living with a medical condition. In his off time, Jackson can be found chasing a frisbee, swimming, or just flopping over for Pete to rub his belly.
Jamie "Bananas" Foster caught the bug in 2014 as she competed in her first sprint triathlon. Soon afterwards she broadened her biking experience to touring the GAP / C&O canal and FANY trails. A couple years into wrenching she was recruited to crew for the endurance cyclist #411 Geoff Brunner in Race Across America in 2018 & 2019. Since moving to North Carolina her repertoire has expanded to the mountain biking scene and also training for her first Ironman.
When Jamie is not in the shop or on a bike she can be found in her second office working with athletes to get them out of pain & reach their performance goals as a licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Orthopedic Massage
Welp...It started early. Seen here, Matt is riding alongside his hero and mentor (or Grandfather), Harry in Pleasantville, NY. After using training wheels for one day at age 4, Matt has been jumping, scuffing, grinding, and flying on (and off) two wheels. He rides and fixes all sorts of cycling disciplines and has an obsession with figuring out how things work.
Matt is an artist, musician, an experienced outdoor guide, and if he isn't riding his '54 fixed gear Raleigh to get groceries, he builds cars and custom wood furniture in his "down time". His goal at Spirited is to get YOU and your family outside, preferably on a bike. If you have any questions pertaining to BMX, vintage bikes, bike-packing/touring, how to use rollers, what to look for in a fixed gear, or want to chat about food, Matt is your man!
“Riding my bike makes me feel like a kid again, and that’s why I ride.” Cathy enjoys road and mountain biking for recreation which happily equates to physical fitness.
She also enjoys her neighborhood runs and hikes just to be out and moving. Cathy has a history of involvement with the Dirt Divas, Charlotte’s nonprofit woman’s mountain bike club and the Tarheel Trailblazers, the local volunteer based trail building club.
Former employment included years of business to business sales and she intends to use those skills to form long term community cycling outreach opportunities for Spirited Cyclist.
Matt moved to NC in 2014 with his now wife to further his career in the racing industry. Coming from Ohio to NC has been a major improvement in the quality of life for Matt and his family. This is where he was truly able to find his love for bicycles. Matt works part time with the spirited team. When he is not traveling to races, you can find him at the shop helping make dreams come true. Bikes are life.
Matt enjoys riding all disciplines of 2 wheels. He spends most of his time riding his mountain bike, but also loves to get some good road miles on his steel framed Raleigh. Steel is real! You may also catch him at the pump track or around town riding his dirt jumper.
Monica grew up on bikes. It was the best mode of transportation around what used to be a rural part of Northwest Mecklenburg County. Yes! Monica is a local! She left the area for a few years to attend college at Clemson and began her career in Greenville, South Carolina. She moved back to the area in 1999 and retired in December 2019 after a 30 year career with BellSouth / AT&T.
In January 2020, Monica began working as a youth triathlon coach and adult swim coach with the HFFA triathlon program. She is the new race director for the HFFA Sprint Triathlon and the HFFA Kids Triathlon. She started racing running events that morphed into triathlons with the 2011 Ramblin’ Rose Sprint Triathlon. She was quickly hooked and has done many Sprint and Olympic events as well as multiple half ironman events. She finished a full ironman event at B2B in 2015. She is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and triathlon coach.
Monica is new to the retail business and is enjoying the learning process, even if it means being pushed outside her comfort zone! She is also a local polymer clay artist! So come see her on the sales floor and you might catch her at local artisan events.
Louis Gregori (Lou G) comes from New York State, just a bit north of the city. From the moment he had access to a bike with two wheels all bets were off. If Lou is not riding his bike or at the shop he is spending time with his family. There is a probability they're spending that time on bikes.
Lou G got his start in the Cycling Industry working in Bike and Ski shops then transitioning to the corporate sector working with various bicycle and bicycle wheel companies. He also served as an environmental enforcement and conservation officer for 10 years. Thirsty for change and new experiences Lou G and Family relocated to North Carolina.
Lou G is always up for riding especially if they are "jumps".
Jeremy loves the utility of cycling and can often be seen commuting to work by bike. An avid lover of camping he transitioned that into cycling and has gone on numerous bike packing or bike touring trips including the Blue Ridge Parkway. Jeremy got into the outdoor industry a few years ago and has worked as a shop mechanic in Charlotte and Colorado. Having trained at Barnetts Bicycle Institute set him up to be the true “Wrench” he always wanted to be. You can find him in the back of the shop working on anything bike related.
When Jeremy isn’t working he is probably still on a bike, whether it is mountain biking or just a simple cruise on the greenway with his wife. He enjoys traveling and even spent a year living in a van to travel and ride bikes across the country. A native North Carolinian, Jeremy has lived in the Charlotte area for over 10 years. If He is not riding bikes there is a good chance he is in a cuddle puddle with his Boxer Bull, Ladybug.
Did someone say mountain biking, in the woods, with all kinds of gnarly roots, rocks, and jumps? You must have overheard Derrick talking about one of his recent rides.
Derrick is a mountain biker to the core. He moved to the area to join our team and get closer to the mountains of North Carolina and all the great trails they have to offer.
He comes to us as an experienced mechanic who can overhaul your bike top to bottom. Want to talk about suspension set up/ service, custom bike builds, or maybe you just need a trail recommendation and a good conversation. Stop by the Huntersville shop and say hi!
CJ has been working at Spirited Cyclist Davidson since December 2015 at the age of 16 and worked in the shop all throughout high school. Living in Cornelius all of his life and always rode bikes outside with friends whenever possible. He became addicted when he purchased his first Specialized mountain bike.
CJ is a part-time employee on the weekends while being a full-time apprentice. You can easily spot him on shop rides by the bright colored bikes he rides. On his down time, you will find him in his home garage building a new bike. He is a fan of e-bikes and is a sucker for anything lightweight or electronic on a bike.
Adrian has always been an artist and an athlete. He has a passion for everything he does and loves to teach others about his passions to get them inspired as well. Beginning with BMX bikes as a young kid, he often found himself forced to work on his bike due to a lack of a local bike shop. Fast forward to post college and a relocation, his love for art, mountain biking and road riding all converged to bring him to us.
Chris has been serving the local cycling community in one form or another for a few years now. He loves a challenge and is obsessed with speed. Anything that moves the soul, from a bike, to a car, to a longboard he wants it to go fast! With a background in automotive service and motorsports, and even construction, he can work on just about anything. If you cant find him on a bike or at a local brewery with his friends then he's probably out walking his 140lbs Great Dane. Growing up in western NC his heart lies in the mountains and rivers but he is excited to join our team in Davidson to continue his love of all things cycling. Just dont ask him how many bikes he has!
Maggie's short list for a good day includes any combination of the following: kayaking and fishing the Uwharrie river, hiking the USNWC trails with her dog (the goodest of boys: Lord Stewart Rigsby), biking Greenways and roadways, or finding the perfect spot to pitch her ENO hammock and watch the world go by. After a long day outside, it's time to brew up a great cup of coffee and watch a movie that was preferably made between the thirties and seventies...or listen to a record from the same time period.
She became passionate about cycling and the cycling community in 2019 when she joined The Great Cycle Challenge. The goal is to raise money and ride to support and raise awareness for research to cure pediatric cancer. Before 2019, she had ridden her current bike less than ten times. In March, her tiny role model Grace Mullis passed away after a heroic battle with cancer. In June, Maggie put 200 miles on her bike as she rode in honor of Grace and the 15,700 children who are diagnosed with cancer every year. In September of 2020, Maggie is excited to suit up for The Great Cycle Challenge once again with a goal of 200 miles (and maybe a little extra)! Come by to talk music, outdoors, and riding for a cure!
Peter (aka Wheelie Nut)
Peter (AKA Wheelie Nut) builds and fixes bikes at the Davidson shop.
As a Boy Scout, he planned and built an Eagle Scout project which would benefit the community. You can find his skinny at the end of the mountain bike trail at North Mecklenburg Park.
When he’s not working he likes to ride street trials on any obstacle he can find. You can usually find him riding on curbs, ledges, and drops all around Davidson.
John has spent time on bikes most of his life. Growing up in a rural farm area, that was the best way for John to get around since he didn't want to take a horse everywhere. In his youngest of years, John recalls an older neighbor trying to ride him to the local store via sitting on the handlebars. John cut the trip short by sticking his left foot thru the spokes causing the bike to flip. That was a long night in the hospital and the scars still show today.
After moving to Davidson with his wife in 2007 John stepped back into the cycling scene via way of the YMCA spin class. That soon evolved into road biking which seemed like the thing to do in Davidson. His wife Jennifer followed shortly thereafter and both of them are very active in the local cycling community today.
John enjoys riding all bikes but spends most of his time on a road bike or a triathlon bike. You can find him on the weekly club rides usually toward the back of the pack assisting new riders. If for some reason you don't see him there, you might look at a local triathlon or an Ironman event. There's a good chance he is out there racing or cheering for fellow triathletes.
In his opinion, the cycling community will cease to grow if experienced riders fail to give back, and help newbies. John stresses that intimidation should not be the reason for someone to not want to ride a bike.
John is one of our "weekend warriors" here at the shop. He is also very knowledgeable in bike fitting and has helped many local cyclists find their comfort zone on their bikes. He also volunteers his time to help with local cycling safety events for children and bike to school days.
Sebastiano Blandino (Seb) is a college student at UNCC. His first love was running in the mountains of VA until he decided to mix things up and buy a road bike. With a new way of exploring his hometown of Lexington and enjoying nature on the Parkway from his bike, he fell deeply in love with the sport. In 2019 he ended up moving to NC and eventually stumbled into the hands of the Spirited Cyclist. When he is not in school or riding, he still runs, creates art, and tinkers on just about anything.