Mountains Why Cycles | Ambassadors


We feel pretty lucky to have teamed up with these rad people- check ’em out below! Why Cycles ambassadors are riders who share our passion for creating awesome experiences on bicycles, whether in a race, a group ride, or a solo, multi-day bikepacking expedition. Bikes are about more than fancy titanium and neat frame features- they’re about improving our lives and the lives of others around us, one pedal stroke at a time. These ambassadors exemplify that attitude to the highest level- so if you see them out on the trail give them a big ol’ high five and check out their sweet Why Cycles bikes that they’re riding.

Pete Basinger

Durango, CO

One of the most storied, experienced and humble bike packers of our time, Pete was a bike packer before it was cool.  Pete has won the Iditarod trail invitational at least 6 times, has ridden the tour divide, has won 24 hour single speed worlds, competed in the RAAM at age 19 and was an integral part in developing fat bikes in Alaska.  Most recently Pete set the Baja Divide trail record by riding 1,570 miles in 11 days on his Why Cycles Wayward 29+ bike.
Iditarod sled dog trail (1100 miles in the middle of winter)
Pete was Adam Miller’s first bike coach


Why Cycles Wayward-SRAM X01, Industry 9 BC450, RS Pike

Instagram: @pbasinger00


"Fixie"Dave Nice

Colorado Springs, CO


I’m “Fixie” Dave Nice head service guru, wrench, mechanic at Cafe Velo.  I’ve been riding since training wheels but the last 15 years I’ve rarely coasted. I’m obsessed with long distance routes and self supported bikepacking.


Little Creek-SW Utah, Kokopelli trail-CO/UT, Fish creek falls-Steamboat Colorado, Barr trail-Colorado, Whitefish Trail-whitefish Montana.



Why Cycles S7-Fixed gear, Rigid Fork

Instagram: @Fixiedave

Facebook: Fixiedave

Kim Murrell

Ocoee, TN


Kim spent the majority of her life traveling the world in search of adventure. Her quests have taken her everywhere from mountains in Nepal, kayaking at the pre-worlds in Spain, to surfing in Bali.  It wasn’t until Kim was recovering from a serious injury in her early 30’s that she discovered her true passion for mountain biking and creating long distance routes. Kim has since logged thousands of miles on the trail.  Her goals have always been to simply savor the journey and the people she meets along the way.


That changes on any given day. There are so many incredible trails out there!


Why Cycles S7-SRAM XX1 Eagle,  ENVE M60 rims, RS Pike

Instagram: @kimmurrell

Facebook: Kim Jordan Murrell


Zenon Sharko

Invermere, BC

My name is Zenon Sharko, I spend most of my time being a dad to two rad kids and a husband to my beautiful wife. Every other moment past work and family is spent in the backcountry biking, hiking, skiing and camping. I have a history of working as a ski technician for the Canadian ski team and have helped athletes accomplish multiple medals in both Olympics and Xgames.
My favourite ride is “Deja View” A super flowy trail with multiple view points looking over the Columbia Wetlands. One of the worlds largest protected wetlands. And a spectacular view of snow capped glaciers. It’s an unsanctioned trail and may be taken away from riders in the upcoming years, so I ride it as much as possible.
I am the Roasting team leader at Kicking Horse Coffee.  I love coffee way past work and usually bring it everywhere.


Why Cycles S7-SRAM X01, Velocity rims, RS Pike

Instagram: @backcountrybarista

Facebook: @backcountrybarista

Twitter: @protestwax

Ben Handrich

Salem, OR


I spend my days as a high school counselor and Cross Country coach and my afternoons and weekends in the saddle.  While not a fan of reducing oneself to compartmentalized labels, when forced to I self-identify as a Vegan, exercise addict, and mountain biking enthusiast who uses the dark and dreary days of winter to dream up future bikepacking trips for the spring and summer, with a few winter bikepacking mistakes thrown in for good measure.


Black Rock and Shellburg Falls Trail system


Why Cycles S7-SRAM X01 eagle, Knight Carbon rims, RS Pike

Why Cycles R+-Force Carbon 1x, Reynolds Carbon ATR wheels, ENVE CX1 Fork

Instagram: @pedals_packs_and_pinots

Blog: Pedals packs and pinots

Christian Mannsfeld

Granite Bay, CA


50 year old guy who has been riding mountain bikes for around ten years.  Work as an ER doctor and medical director, which I love, but my passion is riding bikes.  I have raced all over the world with my mountain bike team out of Costa Rica, Team CoreCo,which is really just a group of guys and girls passionate about mountain biking.


Locally, the Auburn Confluence, Cape Epic and the Whole Enchilada in Moab, UT.


Why Cycles S7-SRAM XX1 Eagle, Nextie carbon rims, RS-RS1 fork

Why Cycles R+-SRAM Force 1x Carbon, Knight carbon rims, ENVE CX1 fork


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