Airborne Bicycles has named six new members to
its Flight Crew for 2011, who will join six returning riders for
2011. The company announced the news on its Facebook page earlier
Joining the Airborne Flight Crew-a group of citizen riders who
receive fame, fortune, travel, and free schwag in exchange for
supporting the brand via social, video, and other media-
Arleigh Jenkins, XC/'Cross
rider, social media wizard, and publisher of the popular Bike Shop Girl website. Arleigh
rides and races XC and 'Cross in North Carolina.
Brent Davidson, Journalism
student at the University of Missouri and Collegiate
Nationals-level XC racer. He also maintains the Ride Columbia site
and other blogs.
photo/videographer, self-described "bike bum," and Durango, CO
resident. Jerry's had his work published in numerous bike magazines
and even been featured on the cover of Dirt Rag, but "My
biggest claim to fame," he says, "is shopping at the same grocery
store as Ned Overend." You can see his work at jerryhazard.com.
McCall Schilling. The
youngest woman on the Flight Crew team, McCall is president of the
Southern Oregon University cycling club and shreds some serious
downhill while not pursuing her double major in Marketing and
Outdoor Adventure Leadership. She also does skateboards, scuba and
Neal Bryant is an
entry-level freerider, self-described "funhog," and pro-
fessional videographer from West Monroe, LA. The Airborne staff
spotted him when he purchased a Marauder bike and immediately began
posting weekly video updates visuals of his adventures in the
sport. See his stuff at his Mountain
Bike Fun Hog blog.
Wendy Davis. A stay-at-home mom who
first started riding after giving birth to her daughter (now five).
Wendy races XC under the nom de guerre Sasha Petrosevitch
with something called
Team Seagal and authors the intriguingly named blog,
A Pabst Smear.
The six new Flight Crew members join returning
veterans Dan Lucas, Greg Heil, Kevin Bonney, Marty Tank, Todd
Haskins, and Tony Caruso.
"We're very excited about the Flight Crew this year," says
product manager Jeremy Mudd, who works closely with the Crew on
product development and rider input issues. "having a wider range
of riders to work with, especially women, helps us develop Airborne
bikes that appeal to riders of all styles, disciplines, and degrees