My name is Brian Staby. I grew up in Marin County during the 80s. Mountain biking was just beginning to boom and I was at ground zero. I still remember tearing around Mt. Tamalpais in my first mountain bike– a Specialized Stumpjumper. I attended college at the University of California at Santa Cruz where I learned more about the subject of “life” than any other subject in school. But I had to graduate in something, so Biology it was. I played soccer for the college team, The Fighting Banana Slugs (our mascot) and taught kids at a local soccer camp in the summers. That was my first experience with coaching and I loved it.
After college I worked in the outdoor industry with the company Patagonia. This job gave me time to pursue my career, fire fighting. My first job was in the small Central Valley town of Merced, CA. And while Santa Cruz had tons of mountain bike trails, Merced had none. So I switched to a road bike. After 2 years I moved from Merced to Santa Rosa,CA. Santa Rosa has quite a reputation as a cycling mecca. I thought I would give racing a try at their legendary “Tuesday Night Worlds”. I got lapped in my first criterium race. Not to be deterred I joined a local club team, hired a coach and I was Cat 2 in a matter of 3 years.
Looking for a new challenge, I took up Cyclocross. I am not sure why I chose to go to my first Cyclocross race, but it seemed like everybody was smiling at these races and having a lot of fun. I rode in the C’s for my first year, then moved up to Master’s 35+ B’s the next year. My biggest accomplishment that year was taking the overall Bay Area Super Prestige title by winning all 5 races
I have been racing the Master’s 35+ A’s for the past three seasons. One of the most competitive categories in the Bay Area, if not the entire country, the 35+ A’s regularly boasts at least a half-dozen current and former national champions and now a world champion. I am the team owner/racer with the newly formed CX Nation Cyclocross Team.
I have raced nationally in the USGP and have been a regular attendee at the National Championships. I plan on continuing this schedule for 2018 with my sights set on the National Championships in Reno, Nevada.
As many of you know, all this would not be possible without a supportive family at home. My wife, Andi, my daughter, Addison and our dog, Zoey, keep me grounded and always provide the support that is essential when competing in any sport.
Now let’s get out and ride our bikes!