Growing up in a family of motorcycle racers I learned at a young age the appreciation for competition and the support systems that racers need. As I kid I witnessed my parents putting up their home for racers like Bob Hannah and Jimmie Erickson. Also being the 7th child with 9 other siblings the art of chaos and importance of family just comes naturally. After almost 30 years of being a part of my families motorcycle dealership legacy Chris and I decided to sell our Harley-Davidson business to further pursue the passions of raising our 7 children and growing the family we started in 2010 with our cycling team. To me there is nothing as valuable as growing great and caring contributors to society through the appreciation of hard work, camaraderie and self awareness. I thank God everyday for the opportunity to touch lives.
Jim was a two-time Missouri Elite Road Champion and qualified for both the 1983 Pan American Games Cycling Team Trials and the 1984 Olympics Cycling Team Trials.
After retiring from racing, Jim obtained his USAC elite-level cycling coach license and coached the Spirits of St. Louis Junior cycling team – the top ranked Junior team in the US in 1990 and 1991. During his time as coach of the Spirits of St. Louis junior team, Jim placed 7 riders on the US Junior National team, 3 riders on the US Junior World Championship team and placed in the top three in the US Junior National Team Time Trial 3 times. Three of the riders Jim coached on the Spirits of St. Louis eventually turned pro. Currently, Jim coaches the Gateway Harley Davidson / Trek U25 cycling team, the top ranked elite team in the US in 2016 and 2017.
Special thanks to Josh's wife Nikki and Jim's wife Cheryl for all the feed zone work, cooking, cleaning and extra work they do outside their other jobs to keep the team taken care of.
Volunteers, parents that give their time and host families make the sport of cycling one big family! Thank you