Meet the Backroads Team, Wizards of Tour DaVita

We wanted to take an opportunity to introduce the folks that will be the backbone of Tour DaVita, the Backroads team. This group has more than 60 members who will be spreading their magic to help out with bike repairs, mechanical support, logistical support and anything else you may find yourself in need of for your ride. They are also the folks who will be moving your tents and luggage from campsite to campsite.

Allow me to present to you the magical Backroads team leads:

JASON STAWISKI

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita:

As Co-Director of this year’s Tour, I will be making sure that Backroads is doing everything possible to provide the ride of a lifetime!

2. How many Tours have you been a part of?

This is my 5th Tour!

3. What aspects of the Tour are you looking forward to the most?

An even larger moving village!  With such a great turnout for this year’s Tour, I’m really looking forward to sharing this experience with so many Teammates, both new and experienced.

4. How have you prepared for this year’s Tour?

2 parts heart, 1 part passion.

5. Gandalf or Dumbledore?

Gandalf.  Gandalf the White.

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Aaron Heugly

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita:

My role at Tour DaVita is that of a Camp Crew Lead overseeing “tent city” and the details that go along with it.

2. How many Tours have you been a part of?

This is my 3rd Tour DaVita that I have had the pleasure of being a part of.

3. What aspects of the Tour are you looking forward to the most?

It’s always amazing to see the camaraderie between all of the riders and hearing about their challenges and accomplishments from the days ride. As part of the Backroads team, the best aspect of the tour for me is to see the rider’s smile as they cross the finish line; you can feel their pride of what they’ve accomplished and know it will live with them for weeks to come.

4. How have you prepared for this year’s Tour?

I’ve prepared for this year’s Tour by counting, counting, and counting loads of gear! Personally, I prepared by putting fresh batteries in my headlamp (both physically and mentally)!

5. Gandalf or Dumbledore?

Gandalf of course. There’s no other wizard that compares.

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Grant Robertson

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita:

Lead Bike Mechanic: Work with 4 other mechanics to build up personal bikes, and to fix any bike problems during the ride.

2. How many Tours have you been a part of?

This is going to be my 4th tour.

3. What aspects of the Tour are you looking forward to the most?

Eating M&M’s all day long, and seeing all the old familiar faces.

4. How have you prepared for this year’s Tour?

I just got my hair cut.

5. Gandalf or Dumbledore?

I’m more of an Obi Wan Kenobi.

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Katie Sheldon

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita:

I will be working in bike receiving.  I will be the person at the end of the ride letting everyone know where to put their bikes, checking out the bikes for the next day ride, and helping to point everyone in the right direction post-ride.

2. How many tours have you been a part of?

I have worked for Backroads for 8 years, but this is my first year working the Tour DaVita…I’ve heard amazing things and am incredibly excited!

3. What aspects of the Tour are you looking forward to the most?

I embrace chaos…I am really looking forward to witnessing and leading such a large-scale ride.  The more the merrier…right??

4. How have you prepared for this year’s Tour?

I have been leading trips for Backroads all summer.  I am currently taking 2 weeks off to rest up for the Tour!

5. Gandalf or Dumbledore?

Dumbledore for sure.  I am a nerd at heart and love academia.  Nerds rule the world!

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Kelly English

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita:

I am the “DaVita Liaison” which means if Backroads and DaVita need immediate communication for problem solving, I’m the go-to person.

2. How many Tours have you been a part of?

This will be my 5th tour.

3. What aspects of the Tour are you looking forward to the most?

The aspects of the tour I’m looking forward to the most is reuniting with you DaVita folks that I only get to see once a year!

4. How have you prepared for this year’s Tour?

To prepare for this year’s tour, I’m checking the batteries in my headlamp and training myself to survive on less sleep.

5. Gandalf or Dumbledore?

Gandalf.

See you guys soon!

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Krista Greenlee

 

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita:

Hi! My name is Krista and I am the Support Team Lead for this years’ Tour Davita. I direct all the van drivers, rest stop attendants, mechanics, and bike welcome members that support your cycling route each day of the event. I am also the friendly and helpful voice that will answer the Backroads emergency phone if you need some help and we aren’t already on site.

2. How many Tours have you been a part of?

This is my third Tour DaVita, 2nd as Support Team Leader.

3. What aspects of the Tour are you looking forward to the most?

After helping to develop the routes this year I am looking forward to seeing the whole ride come together smoothly and being able to support avid cyclists and newbies alike to go for some beautiful rides through the Iowa countryside.

4. How have you prepared for this year’s Tour?

I’ve been out to Iowa a few times to work on cycle routes and all the logistics behind creating a safe ride. I have had the opportunity to work with many very sweet Iowan Police officers and Sheriffs to ensure we are on the right roads and have traffic assistance whenever it is called for.

5. Gandalf or Dumbledore?

Aren’t they the same guy????

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Susie Gaskins

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita:

As the Backroads Crew Support Lead, I help take care of the 60+ Backroads crew so that they can take great care of the DaVita Teammates!

2. How many Tours have you been a part of?

This year makes 4.

3. What aspects of the Tour are you looking forward to the most?

Seeing all the innumerable moving parts of this amazing event finally come together!

4. How have you prepared for this year’s Tour?

Running up and down the steps of Philadelphia City Hall.

5. Gandalf or Dumbledore?

Dumbledore

 

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