Derek began his cycling career as a BMX racer in the 1980’s. He also had a role in the manufacturing side of the cycling industry by helping to develop and test products that contributed to the evolution of the sport and its technological advancement. Derek is on the USA Cycling board of trustees and is dedicated to the progression of the sport. He currently races professionally in XC, Super-D, CycloCross and Downhill, and was inducted into the Big Bear Mt.Bike Hall of Fame in 2008, gaining recognition as a leader and avid supporter of the mountain biking community. Derek became president of Team Bear Valley Bikes in 2000 and led them to win the Rim Nordic Series “team of the decade” in 2010.
John Nobil began racing at age 14. He discovered mountain biking a few years later and has since been a lifelong promoter of the sport. He is passionate about riding and also about the health, nutritional and mechanical side of the industry. John has been a dedicated member of Team Bear Valley Bikes since 2006 and has raced nationwide Pro level cross country since 2009. Some of his top results include the 2008 semipro short-track national series champion, 2009 California state cross country series champion and 3 time winner of the Mark Reynolds Memorial Stage race, Big Bear. Since 2007 he has had over 10 wins and counting at the local level and 4 top ten results in the highly competitive Colorado series. In 2009 he ranked 17th overall in the U.S. John islooking forward to the 2013 season.
Greg recently moved to Big Bear and stormed the CA race scene placing 3rd in the US Cup Super-D and 2nd in The XC Marathon at the Big Bear Shootout. He then Raced the 12 Hours of Temecula on a singlespeed and not only won his category but rode the most laps out of all the racers in the entire event. Greg is a strong endurance and xc racer and is ranked number 1 in CA in XC Marathon. Greg loves to ride and competes as much as he can in California and around the US. He is looking forward to the 2015 season with Bear Balley Bikes racing a mixture of XC, XC endurance, Super-D and Enduro.
Dan is a Cat 1 racer and competes in Cross Country and Super D. Growing up in Big Bear he has also been a part of the shop and the team since the beginning. In the winter Dan is a Park Staff supervisor at Bear Mountain Resort and keeps bike fit by riding his snowboard daily.
Paul has been competing since 1994 and races Cross Country in Cat1. He is from Running Springs, CA and his favorite place to race is Rim Nordic. When asked about his racing achievements, he answered “How about becoming tenacious, becoming driven, enhancing confidence, yet learning humility. Oh yeah, almost forgot. I even got to stand in the middle of the podium a few times.”
Steve has been competing his whole life in the “main stream sports” and played 4 years of high level NCAA scholarship experience in both Wrestling and Football. After a knee injury in the Army and eventual knee replacement, he began riding bikes for exercise. 7 years ago he met Derek at the Rim Nordic series, and has been a part of the team ever since. Steve races in Cat 2 in both Cross Country and Super D. In 2004 he won the Triple Crown Series in CAT3. Steve advanced to CAT2 in 2005 and always finishes in the top 3 at Rim Nordic. In the So Cal State series, he has remained in the top 5 in the state. In 7 years of racing he has only had one DNF due to a broken chain. Steve’s favorite races are Sage Brush Classic, Rim Nordic and Sea Otter.
“I am always proud to ride the Bear Valley colors and the lifelong relationships this experience as created, Derek and his crew have always treated me with enthusiasm and respect, and I love these folks and plan to be a part of this group until I cannot ride any longer.”
Stuart is a High School English teacher from Corona, CA and has a background in running cross country and track. He began racing mountain bikes in 2000 and has been competing in Cat 1 since 2004. He joined the Bear Valley Bikes race team in 2010 and was proud to wear our kit when he placed 10th in Warrior’s Society Traverse. In 2006 Stuart came 3rd in the USA cycling national championships. In 2006 and 2007 he was 2nd on overall points in the NMBS and then became the overall points champion in 2008.
Mark has been racing for the past 4 years and competes in Cat 2 MTB and Cat 5 Road. He lives in Big Bear City, CA and his favorite place to race is Rim Nordic. In 2010 he came 2nd Overall in the 2010 Rim Nordic Super D-(CAT2 30-39) and in 2008 was 5th Overall in the Fontana Nationals XC-(CAT3 35-39).
“I’ve met the best friends of my life riding and racing with the BV Bikes Team. Best shop, best mechanic, best bikes, & best trails. You can’t beat Happy Hour at the shop either!”
Connor grew up in Big Bear and is a prodigy of the Big Bear High School Running Program, the very same program that Ryan Hall began his running career with. At age 15, Connor came to Bear Valley Bikes Shop to buy a road bike to cross train for his running. He soon discovered he was also very talanted on a bike and found it more enjoyable, and so joined the team a year later. He began racing mountain bikes cross country and has always dominated his age group and category locally. Connor turned his talent to road racing in 2010 and has had a meateoric rise through the sport, going from Cat 5 to Cat 2 in just a year. In 2011 he won Stage 3 of the Cascade Classic in Cat 2 open and this year hopes to graduate to racing road in Cat 1.
Connor continues to also race his mountain bike and after mechanical problems still placed 3rd at the 2011 Marathon National Championships. In 2012 he and Bear Valley Bikes owner, Derek Hermon, won the 12 hours of temecula in the 2 person open category, beating the closest competitors by an entire lap and between the duo completing an amazing 17 laps total.
Mark has been a long time recreational mountain bike rider for 25 years, While working the finish line at Rim Nordic for 3 years he kept wondering if he could possibly keep up with those guys. After a few successful Super Ds and a trial XC race at Rim Nordic; Mark decided at age 60 it was time to go for it. With the help of Derek and the Bear Valley Bikes staff, Mark got set up with a new Specialized 29er, and finished first in all 3 Kenda Cup races he entered, and all the XC and Super D races at Rim Nordic for the Cat. 2 60-64 age class in 2011. Feeling he was more closely matched to the Cat. 1 60-64 competitors, he stepped up to Cat. 1 for the Rim Nordic Autumn Cup, finishing first. Mark finished off 2011 at the Specialized Cup State Championship with a 2nd place finish. Mark is hoping to get through winter in better shape than last year so he is ready to compete with the youngsters in 2013.
Born in upstate NY and moved to SoCal in 1993 after college. Steve resides in Torrance but has a place in Moonridge and comes up frequently in the summer with the family. Started riding in 1995 after his volleyball career ended from a torn rotator cup and began competing in 2002. Raced on and off since then, in between having kids, coaching youth sports, and traveling for business. Took 3rd in Clydesdale Sport 34 and under in 2003 and won the state championship the following year in the same XC category. Now Steve enjoys the simplicity of his steel single speed and is having a good time with the challenge of racing that bike in the Cat 2 SS category.
Trey is our Estonian rider, who joined the team in 2011 and raced Cat 3 at the beginning.
He started racing one day after his very first real mountain bike ride at Southridge Winter Series 2011 and joined Bear Valley Bikes at the first race he attended.
After finishing overall in 2nd in winter Series and winning overall Kenda US Cup, West Series in 2011, he moved up to Cat 2 for Rim Nordic Series and finished 2nd overall in that series in cross country and won the overall Super D in 2011.
He finished 3rd place in California State Championship 2011 in Super D.
2012 he started racing in Cat 1 and won overall Rim Nordic Series title in XC and Super D and also won overall in DH, Cat 3.
2013 is the season that is planned to be breakthrough season and after competing in US Cup, West Series, he also plans to race couple races at the Pro XCT series in East Coast.
Scott ‘Red Bear’ Hyde
Former BVB Team
Dean Swank joined the Bear Valley Bike Team in 2005. He was supported by Derek who helped him from his early days as a Cat 3 cyclist (think board shorts and tennis shoes) to a National Champion Cross Country sport rider and then a Worlds winner in 2008 placing fourth as a Cat 2 racer in 2008. In 2010, Dean ranked fourth in USA Cycling Mens Cat 1 Cross Country. He also won the California Kenda Cup State Championship, The Rim Nordic Series, and was the California State Cross Country Champion.
Dean not only enjoys cross country cycling but also enjoys road time trials and won a number of races and podium positions.
Casey has been racing for the Bear Valley Bikes team for the past 8 years. In 2008 he won the Cross Country National Championships and then the 24 hour National Championships in 2009 and 2010. Other wins in 2010 include the State High School Championships, the Sea Otter Classic and the Fontana City Nationals. Next Year Casey hopes to represent the U.S. On their Junior World Cup team, with future aspirations of joining the U.S. Olympic team.
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