Program Parts Manager…4 weeks in Steamboat Springs and at Moots…a 2007 Toyota Matrix named Kervin brought Thad to Moots from TN…called Nashville, TN “home” for the last 20 years…when asked skier or snowboarder he asks, “What’s snow?”…first bike was, “A green neighborhood bike that all the neighborhood kids learned to ride on. It got passed around house to house as we kids got to pedaling age. At age 3 in 1976, I got my first bike, a sesquicentennial Schwinn Jr. Sting-Ray. I remember having blocks of wood strapped to the pedals just so I could reach them. That bike opened the door to adventure for me.”…current quiver is all Moots: a 2008 Moots Rigormoots Rigid Singlespeed, a 2011 Moots MX RSL Rigid Singlespeed, and a 2012 Moots Psychlo-X…Thad is still exploring the area, but one of his favorites so far is the Mad Creek/Red Dirt/Strawberry Park Hot Springs. He recommends starting at Moots, ride gravel to the trail, ride the trails, stop off for a dip at the hot springs, and then back to Moots. It’s 24ish miles of spectacular views, great climbs, fast descents, relaxing and has two brewery options waiting at the finish – either (or both) The Butcherknife Brewery is just before returning to Moots and Storm Peak Brewery is just a quick spin past Moots if headed into town…other favorites include anything Pisgah, the Womble, North/South trail at LBL in Kentucky, but probably most favorite is the Sewanee trail in Tennessee…his Dad got him into cycling, “I remember sitting on the curb crying because my older sister learned to ride before me. It was me, my neighbor friend Mike Pepple, and that old green neighborhood tattered kids bike, with my dad taking turns running behind us, pushing us and telling us to pedal. After several wobbles and crashes, I finally got it and I’ve been going ever since. Dad also rode his bike to work and took nightly rides around the neighborhood. I’d get to go with him and sometimes we’d stop for ice cream…admires Stanley Wills. Thad refers to him as the Godfather and there’s an annual ride put together to honor, thank, and ride with Stanley back in Tennessee. “He’s everything you could ask for in a cyclist: friendly, inquisitive, tough as nails, loves seeking adventures, always finding great new “roads” and routes, stops and meets people all along the way, and is always smiling no matter how bad the ride gets.”…another cyclist he admires is Scott McConnell, who apparently is just like Stanley, only 30 years younger. “It’s worth getting to pedal with both of them.”..a dream cycling trip to Belgium enjoying cobbles, waffles, cross, and beer is on his to-do list…before pedaling it’s waffles, pancakes, or Noosa and afterwards well, it depends on the season, during Spring and Summer, raw oysters and beer, and when the temps drop, wings, pizza and beer are on the menu…in the few remaining hours of the day that he isn’t on his bike you can find Thad typically playing in a creek with his four-legged buddy, JD, working on his bike, or staring at maps dreaming up adventures…enjoys cooking, dancing, and fine wine with good friends…never turn down a good cheese and fruit board, and the 2 weeks he spent in Northumberland, UK this year were the best of his life thus far.
What working at Moots means to Thad:
“It means being able to follow one of my passions with people who share that passion. Plus it’s a rich culture of outdoors, adventure, bikes, dogs, exploration, giving back, being good stewards, and trying to enjoy every moment of these way too short and sometimes painful lives we live. It’s a healthy immersion.”