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Nox Composites is proud to support a variety of elite amateur and professional athletes though individual and team sponsorships.
Below are the riders and teams we sponsor for 2017:




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Aaron Fader


Aaron Fader is a Cat 1 mountain bike racer who lives in Bloomington, Illinois. Aaron's interest in bikes and bike racing was picked up through his older brother who worked in a bike shop for many years. According to Aaron, the only thing better than working in the bike industry, is having a brother who works in the industry! Aaron has been racing mountain bikes, cross bikes and road bikes on and off for the last 15 years, but has really focused on mountain bike racing for the last few years. He won the Illinois State Championship XC Series in 2012, and was 3rd in the Series in 2013. He has tried his luck at a few endurance races as well. He finished in the top 20 in the Lumberjack 100 in both 2011 and 2012, and finished 11th in the Berryman Trail Epic in 2013. Aaron says that 2014 might be the year he gets serious about endurance racing and makes a run at a few races.

When not on his bike, and spends his time with his wife and two young girls and is also active in promoting cycling through his local team, Bloomington Cycle and Fitness.



Age: 40
Racing Category: Cat 1 MTB
Specialty: XC / Endurance
Bike Setup: Specialized Epic WC with Nox XCR - 29 Wheels


Brian Rogers


Atlantan Brian Rogers competes in ultracross--an event that combines gravel road, mountain bike, and cyclocross racing and demands both endurance and keen bike handling skills as its participants negotiate 60- to 200-mile courses. Brian was the 2011 and 2012 mens open division winner of the American UltraCross Championship Series. Also in 2012, he finished the 200-mile mind-numbing, bone-rattling Dirty Kanza 200 (Emporia, KS) in 16th place with a time of 13 hours and 8 minutes on his first attempt. When not traveling around the Southeast and up and down the East Coast in search of racing glory, Brian endeavors to see new places and find new roads on multi-day and multi-state bike adventures. In April of this year, he completed a 10-day, 900-mile solo ride from Walhalla, SC, through the western North Carolina and Virginia mountains, and along the Potomac River to reach Washington, DC. He strongly believes that the best way to experience any place is by bike.



Age: 34
Racing Category: Elite
Specialty: UltraCX, endurance
Bike Setup: Custom Black Cat/ Nox XCR-29


Brick Oven Cycling Team


While we have some great trails near us in Knoxville, TN - we can't help but daydream about the world-class riding out at Crested Butte, CO. We try to make the trip out there whenever we can and it's some of the best riding in the world as far as we're concerned. So when the opportunity to sponsor the Brick Oven Cycling Team based in Crested Butte came up we jumped at the chance. Not only is this team full of some seriously strong and experienced cyclists, but they also get to train and race on some gnarliest terrain around on a daily basis. Their home trails are great testing grounds for our products and we look forward to supporting them and working with them over the next year!



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Specialty: Everything
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Bryson Deppe


Bryson Deppe is a Cat 1 Racer from Salt Lake City, Utah.

He currently races in Cross Country, Endurance and Enduro with top placings in all disciplines. He was the overall champion in the Cat 2 Category in his first full Cross Country Racing season, Bryson has since bumped up to Cat 1 and is growing here as well with a 1st Place finish and multiple podiums this season. His main focus at this time is to continually grow and advance his skills in all 3 Categories. In order to do this he will travel around the western U.S. riding in the NUE Series such as the Park City Point to Point, Pierre's Hole 100 as well as Racing in the Bell Enduro Cup and the Intermountain/USCS Cup in his home town of Utah.

He started Mountain Biking with his Dad around the age of 14. He was not a strong rider to say the least and thought that he had asthma everytime he was on a ride due to the high altitude riding and his lack of mental and physical strength. Since then, he has aquired a love for climbing and has advanced and grown into a dedicated part time racer and full time lover of all things biking.

In his home town of Salt Lake City, Utah he is only minutes away of some of the best riding the nation has to offer and takes advantage of it daily!

He enjoys helping others learn about cycling by teaching them the knowledge that he has learned over the years as well as learning from others and their experiences.

Look for Bryson as he continues his fast ascent to the top of the podium in all three disciplines!



Age: 29
Racing Category: Cat 1
Specialty: Enduro,Super D, XC
Bike Setup: Yeti 5.5c


Dan Atkins


Dan Atkins is a Cat 1 mountain bike racer from the Baltimore, Maryland area. Dan grew up surrounded by cyclists, so it was no surprise when he started ripping around on the bike. During his high school years he became intrigued with his dad’s IF Steel Deluxe singlespeed and it wasn’t long before had a singlespeed of his own. After showing up to every group ride he could find, Dan started to hit the local XC race scene and found success. To fund the addiction, Dan started his several year stint as a shop-rat where he was introduced to many great people who have helped him along the way, though he now works for a small Managed Service Provider. XC racing is where Dan excels but his heart is still in endurance racing and the NUE series, racing both Open and Singlespeed categories. In the past year or so, he has upped his technical and descending skills and is excited to get into the Enduro race scene, even if it’s on his hardtail. Dan is also active in the trailwork/advocacy community and leads rides for new riders through his team, Old Line Velo. For 2014, he is excited to race his favorite XC and endurance races, as well as roostin’ around some Enduro events!



Age: 25
Racing Category: Cat 1, SS
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Bike Setup: Trek Superfly, BlackCat SS, Prototype SS


Dave Franks


Dave Franks has been an avid cyclist for most of his life. He started racing XC races in the late 90's, with relative success. With a 10 year break to start a family he decided to jump right back into competitive racing by signing up for his first 24hr mountain bike race as a soloist.

Dave's first 24 hour race was the 24hrs of Adrenalin in Canmore, AB. He finished the event in 6th place and ever since then he has been hooked. The following year he placed 3rd in this event, and the year after, he went on to win it.

Since then Dave has competed in 9- 24hr solo races and is not planning on slowing down anytime in the future. You can find him training and enjoying riding in the Rocky Mountains of Canada with his young son who is aspiring to do the same.



Age: 46
Racing Category: Cat 1, Solo endurance
Specialty: 24hr, endurance events
Bike Setup: 2014, Carver 420 Ti, with Nox XCR-29 Chris King wheels


Derek Eysenbach


Derek Eysenbach is an XC racer based in Santa Rosa, CA. As a geographer, he has been able to integrate training and racing into his other professional adventures around the western United States. He began racing in Tucson, AZ, frequently reaching the podium in the demanding MBAA Marathon series. In recent years, he has turned his efforts to ultra-endurance events. His 2013 results include 1st Place at the 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest/24 Nats (McGaffey, NM) in the Mixed-Duo, and 2nd Place in the Boggs Enduro (Cobb, CA). His 2014 race schedule will take throughout California to Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon. Derek’s favorite trails are in the high altitudes of the mountain west, but he won’t complain about his year-round training grounds on the California coast.



Age: 35
Racing Category: Cat 1
Specialty: Marathon XC and Ultra Endurance
Bike Setup: Niner Air9 RDO and Niner Jet9 RDO / Nox XCR-29 wheels


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Donald Laury


Don is a physicist and Cat 1 racer residing in Grand Junction, CO. 2017 is shaping up to be a good year starting with a 4th place Masters finish at the Whiskey 30 and sub-8 hour (7:50) White Rim in a day. He doesn't do it alone though. You'll see his beautiful wife Doralene at every race, making sure every bottle handoff goes smoothly, and providing much needed encouragement. Look for him at the Grand Junction Off Road, Gunnison Growler, Palisade Gran Fondo, Ridgway RAT Race, and 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest!



Age: 46
Racing Category: Cat 1
Specialty: XC, endurance
Bike Setup: Ibis Ripley LS with MRP Stage fork and Nox Skyline wheels


Isaac Neff




Age: 30
Racing Category: Pro
Specialty: Cyclocross and XC Mountain Bike
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain Element and Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie with SRAM


John Russell


John is the youngest of three children who were all raised on bicycles. His older brothers were part of some of the first bmx races held in Texas and seeing that sparked a life long passion. John grew up on a bmx bike and started racing when he was 13 years old. He raced seriously until college and that was when he discovered the freedom of riding a mountain bike. It was not until he was 31 years old that he entered his first XC race. He quickly shot through the ranks and has been successful as a Category 1 MTB racer in the Austin Texas area. In 2008 John raced his first 24 hour solo race and finished first in the sport category. He was hooked. Since then he has tested himself in many 24, 12 and 6 hour races around the country and Canada and really enjoys the endurance scene. He has a true passion for the sport and really lives for being on the bike. When he is not working at Dell Computers he can be found on the bike riding all the single track Austin Texas has to offer. Look for him at a 24 hour race near you soon.



Age: 42
Racing Category: Cat 1, Open
Specialty: Endurance, XC
Bike Setup: Lynskey Ridgeline with Nox XCR-29, Giant Anthem with Nox XCR-29 Wheels


Joshua Blum


Joshua is an Area Highway Maintenance Coordinator for WisDOT from the La Crosse, WI area He began riding mountain bikes in 1989 at the age of 11, and began racing at the age of 13. During his time racing bikes he’s competed in everything from Road Racing to Downhill. He currently competes in various MTB events along with the Wisconsin Off-Road Series, and Minnesota Mountain Bike Series. 2012 was his best season to date winning the USAC Midwest Regional Championship in the Single Speed Class (39 under) and the Single Speed Class at the Bell’s Beer Copper Harbor Fat Tire Festival (long course). He plans on riding and racing a full calendar of events in 2016 including the Borah Epic in Cable WI, Bell's Beer Fat Tire Festival MI, Numerous Wisconsin Off Road Series Events, MNMTB Events along with some Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series events. After traveling from the east coast to the west coast and places in between his favorite place to ride is Copper Harbor, MI which has something for everyone. When not riding he can be found volunteering as a Trail Boss for the Outdoor Recreation Alliance along with leading Jr. Group MTB rides. His personal life consists of pedaling with his wife Rachel and raising their daughter Cadence Corrine, along with having another daughter on the way. During the winter months he stays busy coaching for the Mt La Crosse Youth Alpine Ski Team and Mt La Crosse Development Program.



Age: 37
Racing Category: Single Speed Open
Specialty: Single Speed
Bike Setup: Trek Superfly Single Speed


Michael Reardon


Mike began competitive XC and endurance racing about 5 years ago upon relocating to Chattanooga, TN and being surrounded by miles and miles of wonderful singletrack. As an outdoor and sports enthusiast, he spent summers in Wyoming mountaineering and rock climbing until suffering three knee injuries and subsequent surgeries. During the third round of rehab he turned his attention to cycling and has been hooked since then. He mainly spends time racing endurance/NUE events in the Southeast including Big Frog, Mohican, Syllamoe's Revenge and Fool's Gold. In 2013 he managed a 1st singlespeed, 4th overall in the Big Frog 65 and 3rd singlespeed in the Lula Lake 50. Yet, the highlights for the 2013 season were traveling to Italy to race in the Single Speed World Championships and competing in the six day Breck Epic and Pisgah Production's two day Double Dare events. With a solid base from several seasons of endurance racing, he plans to broaden his racing for the 2014 season to include some super D and enduro events as well as more multi-day/stage races. Off the bike Mike spends his free time with his wife and two young children. At the age of two his son Campbell already enjoys mountain biking on his Strider at the local trails and pump track and had fun at the kids races hosted during the mountain bike events.



Age: 36
Racing Category: Cat 1 ; Singlespeed
Specialty: technical XC and enduro
Bike Setup: Fuel 29er with Teocalli / Rocky Mtn Altitude with Farlows


Michael Pastore


Michael has been riding and racing bikes since 1989 and has no plans to stop anytime soon, if fact, he believes he can still improve on the bike even at the ripe age of 44. Michael's been living in the high Colorado mountains for 18 years now and honed his mountain biking skills in and around the Sedona, Arizona area while attending college at Northern Arizona University. Michael is a Cat 1 mountain biker specializing in Enduro and Super D formats, you will also see Micahel jump into an occasional road criterium from time to time as a Cat 3 racer. Some of Michael's past results include the following: 5 time Masters National Super D Champion (’04, ’05, ‘09, ’11, ’12), 2 time Colorado Crankworx/Freeride Festival Masters 30+ Champion (’11 & ’12), 2011 Ashland Mountain Challenge 30+ Enduro Champion, 2012 Mountain States Cup Crested Butte Super D 1st Place Pro Men, 2 time Colorado State Super D Cat 1 Champion, 2012 Ride Sun Valley Super Duper D Pro Men 3rd Place, 2012 Ride Sun Valley Fat Tire Criterium Pro Men 7th Place, 2012 Tour of Vail Criterium 1st Place Cat 2/3 men, 2011 Tucson Old Pueblo Grand Prix 1st Place Cat2/3 men, 2011 Aspen Cycling Festival 1st Place Masters 35+
• 2012 USAC #1 Ranked Cat 1 Super D racer Colorado
• 2012 USAC #3 Ranked Cat 1 Super D racer USA

Michael's focus this season will be on all Big Mountain Enduro Events, the EWS stop at Winter Park, CO, the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro 5 day stage race, select Utah based Enduro Cup events and up to six total events in the NAET series (North American Enduro Tour). Michael will also most likely jump into the Masters Nats Crit in Ogden, UT with a top 10 finish as his goal.

Michael is extremely excited and proud to be a part of the NOX Composites Grassroots team and loooks forward to many steps atop the podium this year.



Age: 46
Racing Category: Cat 1, Open, Cat 3 Road
Specialty: Enduro, Crits
Bike Setup: 2014 Specialized Enduro 29, 2014 BMC TE01 29, BH Ultralight road bike


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Motorless Motion/Cannondale Elite Off-Road Team


Motorless Motion/Cannondale Elite Off-Road Team

Corey Stelljes
• Hometown: Madison, WI
• Born: December 17th 1980
• Twitter: @CSstelljes
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/C.S.stelljes
• Blog: raceofattrition.blogspot.com

Relatively new to top level racing, Corey was a collegiate national 10k champion and competed as a top level runner before turning to bike racing. Corey has quickly proven to be one of the Midwest’s top talents.
Corey’s day job includes designing and improving bicycle facilities for the City of Madison, one of the Midwest’s leading cities in bike infrastructure. His job allows him to site and implement critical bike routes throughout the city so people in every neighborhood have access to safe routes to school and work.

2014 Highlights:
• 4th Overall WORS Elite
• 5 top 5 WORS Elite Finishes
• 2014 Wisconsin State Road Race Champion
• 2 Triple Crown (Ore to Shore, Chequamegon 40, Iceman Cometh) top 5 finishes
• Ranked 10th nationally in USA Cycling’s Pro Cross Country category

Career Highlights
• 2011, 2012 Midwest Cyclocross Champion
• 9 Cyclocross race wins
• 2014 Wisconsin State Road Race Champion
• 5th Place Ore to Shore 2014
• 5th Place Chequamegon Fat Tire 40 2012
• 4th WORS Elite Overall 2014
• 15th 2012 Place Professional Mountain Bike National Championships
• Olympic Trials Marathon 2007



Age: 34
Racing Category: Pro
Specialty: Cross Country
Bike Setup: Cannondale Scalpel and F-si Team. Skyline rims laced to DT 240 Rear/Lefty Front hubs.


Philip Van Hemelen


Philip Van Hemelen is a elite race who lives in Belgium. At only 22 years old, he is one of the youngest competitive endurance / marathon racers in Belgium. Despite his age, Philip managed to win 2 races and gained several podium spots in the past few years. In the big marathon races in Belgium he is always competing for a top 10 finish. Philip also participated in top European racers where he competed against pro riders. Philip did great at the Salzkamergut Trophy in Austria with an 8th place. In Neustadt an der Weinstrasse (Germany) he had to drop of top 10 due to illness. This illness could not stop him from continuing the race and finishing 20th in a very strong field (for instance Karl Plat, multiple winner Absa Cape Epic, was 2nd). While Philip is a true mountain biker, in the off-season he takes on some duathlon races and trail runs, also with great success. Last year he became the Belgian champion long distance off-road duathlon U23. This is a very famous race in Belgium and it is called 'The hell of Kasterlee'. It's a grueling endurance race which consists of 15k running, 110k mountain biking and 30k running. Next season Philip is aiming higher. He will compete in some international stage races. Also he will take part in a UCI Marathon World series, witch is about the highest level you can compete at for mountain bike marathon racing (except for the world championships). Hopefully Philip can ride his Nox Composites wheels to a nice result!



Age: 22
Racing Category: Elite
Specialty: Endurance
Bike Setup: Trek Superfly X01 XCR-29 Wheels


RBikes.com Richard's Bicycles


RBikes.com race team is based out of the Chicagoland area, consisting of 12 strong elite riders. The team races a bit of everything, including XC, endurance mountain biking, cyclocross, and even some road racing. Since the team was formed in 2010, they have had much success, taking state titles in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois. They have also taken many podiums along the way at big events including the Iceman Cometh, Lumberjack 100, and Subaru Cup. These guys have a true passion for racing and Nox Composites is proud to be their wheel sponsor for 2014!



Age: ALL
Racing Category: Pro, Elite, Cat 1, Cat 2
Specialty: XC and endurance
Bike Setup: Trek Superfly / Superfly 100


Tim Gale


Tim is a mechanical engineer living in London, Ontario.  He's been riding as long as he can remember and racing occasionally since he was in high school.  His first race was a local Wednesday night race series at Hardwood Hills, where the national championships were just held. He doesn't remember how he did but it doesn't matter, because after that he was hooked. After he graduated from university he got serious about racing.  He loves to push himself to go faster, and hence, his primary focus in the summer is the Ontario Cup.  This is the biggest and most well attended race series in Canada.
Although this series is his summer focus, he races everything from short local series to 100 milers and the occasional mtb stage race. He honed much of his skill racing the 8-hour solo format. Here he learned what his body was capable of and how to push past what he thought were limits. Those 8-hour races gave him a huge base to build on in the coming years.
His goals are to continue to improve and learn to race faster and smarter. But more importantly, to never stop having fun on the bike.



Age: 34
Racing Category: Master Expert
Specialty: Technical XC Endurance
Bike Setup: Niner Jet 9 RDO, XCR-29


Tommy Rodgers


Tommy began racing bicycles at age 13 on a BMX. He first rode a mountain bike the summer after 11th grade and was hooked. He raced his mountain bike the next summer for the first time, and rode regularly off and on for several years. However, it wasn’t until he turned 33 that he began racing seriously again. Since then he has raced mountain, road, and cyclocross bikes. He quickly climbed the ranks, and he has been successful in Category 1 MTB, Category 3 & Masters road, and Category 2 cyclocross racing.
In 2012, on the mountain bike, he finished 2nd overall in the Maxxis Southern Classic Series (Category 1 30-39, after suffering an untimely collar bone break). Tommy returned to racing 13 weeks after his injury to win 3 consecutive XC and endurance races (thanks to much trainer time). He was also titled the 2012 VA and SC State Champion, and 2nd overall in the Triad MTB race series. Tommy reached the podium in 91% of the 11 MTB races he entered in 2012, winning 6 outright. He also reached his ultimate goal in 2012 by obtaining a professional license within 3 years as a Cat 1. To achieve this he raced against the toughest competition in the Southeast region.
2013, Tommy’s first season in the pro ranks, resulted in 4 wins, two seconds, a third, and 2 fourth-place finishes. He continues to race road, CX, and both XC and Endurance MTB.
Tommy is a Registered Dietitian and works with athletes in his private practice. His beautiful wife, Melanie, is a Registered Nurse working in pediatrics. They have a 2-year-old daughter, the lovely Lillian Rose, who already has a running bike awaiting her as soon as she is ready!



Age: 39
Racing Category: Pro/Elite
Specialty: XC/Endurance
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon with Nox 27.5"/Industry Nine wheels


Wesley Lamberson


Wesley is a professional collegiate racer from Limestone, TN. His introduction to racing was at a 12 hour race when he was 12 years old, where he won an award for the slowest lap.

Since then, Wes has diversified his interests to include short track, cyclocross, cross country, marathon, 12 hour, 24 hour, dual slalom, downhill, super D, time trial, BMX, and 4X races.

As a junior, Wes raced for the Cycleyouth Elite Junior Team, representing the USA at races in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S.

Upon receiving his pro license at the age of 18, Wes began racing the U23 Pro class and competed at Pro XCTs and the National Championships.

Wesley now races for Union College in Barbourville, KY as part of their varsity cycling team. He was a member of their 2011 MTB National Championship team and earned himself a MTB Collegiate Individual Omnium National Championship in 2012 and 2013 in Banner Elk, NC.

These days, you can find Wes either working at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-a-Way in Ellijay, GA, or shredding the trails somewhere in the Southeast. Look for him to be a threat in any race he enters, whether it be endurance races such as cross country, short track, or marathon, or gravity events such as dual slalom or downhill.



Age: 21
Racing Category: Pro
Specialty: Omnium
Bike Setup: BMC Speedfox SF29, Nox XCR-29 / I9 Hubs