Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Collective

Proudly introducing the adrenalin project roster for 2013. Learn more about the amazing crew we assembled.

Will Kelsay is a professional off-road athlete specializing in XTERRA triathlons, mountain biking and trail running. If it's adventurous, dirty and fun, you can expect to find Will there with a smile on his face and dirt in his teeth. Since 2000, he has earned 18+ overall career wins and 70+ top 5 overall finishes. In 2012, Will finished 3rd American at both the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship and the XTERRA USA Championship. In the XTERRA USA Pro Series he is ranked 4th American (6th overall). This year Will plans to tackle 15+ races around the world including endurance mountain biking, trail running races, XTERRA triathlons, adventure races, and more!

Jason Michalak is a professional Xterra triathlete who has been spending the last couple years branching out with an assortment of endurance racing and adventures.  Last year consisted of multiple backcountry 100 mile mountain bike races, running the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim, winning the Moab Adventure Xstream adventure race with teamate Luke Jay and tons of Colorado backcountry adventures.  This year he plans to focus on Xterra, racing the entire US pro circuit and the Xterra world championships in Maui.  This will leave plenty of time for more adventures like racing mountain bikes for 24 hours, running unsupported across the pristine and massive Weminuche Wilderness, flying across Arizona with his teammates in a 300 mile continuous mountain bike race, attempting his own Colorado backcountry ironman distance triathlon, and a many more days in the mountains.

Trapper Steinle  was born and raised in Colorado, as a youth he rose to the ranks of State Champion in Alpine skiing and defended that title.  Born with the spirit of competition, skiing was just the bacon on the end of the stick.  More recently Trapper has focused on the multisport world and completed nearly 60 triathlons of varying distance, and stood on the podium at many races.  Trapper's modest demeanor and "never fail" attitude has dubbed him "creeper" by many of his friends and competitors.  He earned a coveted spot in the 2010 Xterra world championships from a stellar race at the Xterra Mt championships in Colorado.  Trapper went on to compete in the last year the race would be held at the iconic and sacred Wialea venue.  After that race, Trapper narrowed his focus to XC and endurance mountain biking. Trapper has finished the Leadville 100 MTB race three times under 8 hours with his most recent time at the 7:30 mark.  Trapper earned his international pro license in 2011 and plans to continue racing at an elite level until he can pass the torch to his sons Talon (4) and Triston (new born). 

Luke Jay has been competing as a top amateur athlete in Xterra triathlons, and cycling over the last several years. In 2008 he was Xterra national champion (age group). Since then he has remained focused on Xterra as well as competing in multiple endurance races and epic challenges. In 2012 he ran the infamous Grand Canyon R2R2R(44miles). As a true all around endurance athlete Luke excels in long events with multiple disciplines. He was 3rd place pro in the Ultimate Mt Challenge at the 2012 Teva Games which included kayak, trail run, mtb, and cycling. He and teammate Jason Michalak have also won several adventure races (Moab, Summit). For 2013 he is tackling the AZT300, and the incredibly tough Leadville Leadman in which he will attempt both the 100mile mtb and 100mile run only a week apart. You can find him chasing his two rowdy boys (age 5 & 2) for extra training.

Jason Hilgers has been competing as a top amateur athlete in Xterra and on the mountain bike over the last several years.  He competes in running, mountain bike, and triathlons events including the Pikes Peak Double (marathon and ascent), Leadville marathon, Leadville Trail 100 MTB, Bailey Hundo, Firecracker 50, Laramie Enduro, Xterra triathlon series as well as local Colorado events.  He was the Xterra Mountain regional champion in 2011 and has finished consistently in the top 10 amateurs at the Xterra National Championship.  In 2012, Jason finished on the podium in the pro field in several local Colorado mountain bike races, finished as the second singlespeeder overall in the Baily Hundo 100 mile mtb, and within the top 100 of the 2000+ field in the Leadville Trail 100 mtb race.  For 2013, Jason will continue his diverse racing schedule with a primary focus on the Breck Epic 6 day mtb stage race, Bailey Hundo, and Xterra race series. 
 Sean Fey has competed in a handful of Xterra races and several ultra distance mountain biking events during his brief time on a bicycle. A former motorcycle racer, he has quickly found a passion for the "self propelled" version of the two wheeled sports, and has a number of podium and top ten finishes to his credit..  His main focus for 2013 will be the Breck100 and Breck Epic mountain bike races, while encouraging others to tackle their own adventures through his bicycle shop Adrenalin Cycles.
 Patrick Valentine started his athletic endeavors with the sport of swimming before the age of 5! He then went to college at Purdue University and was a “walk-on” to the swim team and continued on to swim 4 years as a varsity swimmer. He tried his first triathlon at age 14 was hooked. While in college he a member of Purdue University cycling club and triathlon club. Since moving to Colorado in 2009 he worked his way up the ranks as a consistent top amateur triathlete finishing as 20-24 age group National Champion, and then earned the  honor of making the switch to a pro triathlete. At any given you can find him involved in everything from Xterra triathlon, Adventure races, and just about any other activity that involves the great outdoors.

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