Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Schmidt for being awarded our Rider of the Month for June.
Name: Kevin "Doc" Schmidt
How did you become interested in mountain biking?
Came from a background of professional motocross, road, and cross country motorcycle racing. As land closures limited where to ride, I got my two wheeled/off road fix by taking up mountain biking and getting to ride the same trails that I got kicked out of for riding my motorcycle on! And then there are a whole lot of other areas, that I never had access to, that I have now! Then health issues, and a short familial life span, finally made me take up mountain biking full time! Been loving it ever since and other than work it dominates my life.
At what age did you begin mountain biking?
What was your first mountain bike?
A Cannondale, 1993 Delta V 1000. One of the first full suspension mountain bikes, Cannondale made. Have bought three more Cannondales since then.
When did you start riding with the Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association?
2009. Vice president of SSFTA 2014.
What do you enjoy most about the club?
Promoting the sport of mountain biking! A great sport you can ride till the end of your life...and I plan to. Fun watching the explosion of the sport in the last few years.
What bike are you currently riding?
Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 29 (XC) and Cannondale Trigger Carbon 29 (Enduro).
What is your favorite trail (local and/or out of town)?
Cactus-Sleepy Hollow-Serrano Cow-Live Oak Trails (linked together) in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Orange County. Beach Cruiser at Mammoth is a close second. But then being outdoors, riding, where can you go wrong?
Do you have any upcoming races or events planned? What are your goals or plans for the upcoming year?
Just finished helping the Tehachapi Mountain Trails Association put on the first annual BrewFondo, mountain bike Gran Fondo and Beer Festival! Money will go to purchasing a trail making machine for the Lehigh Trails to eventually turn into a 10,000 acre, 365 day a year, mountain bike park with lifts!
Working on establishing a National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) middle and high school teams for mountain bike racing as a regional member of the SoCal League in Bakersfield, grades 6-12, open to boys and girls.
And of course, always promoting mountain biking!
Is there anything else you would like to share?
A board certified emergency physician by profession and CEO of several companies.