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Featured Athletes and Teams

Every story has a beginning and at BTD, ours starts with a passion for cycling. Our mission has always been to share that passion with our customers by providing the highest quality product selection and outstanding customer service.

From WorldTour pros turned gravel racers, to ultra-endurance cyclists, BTD is fortunate to partner with some incredible athletes and teams who share that same passion for cycling. We're thrilled to introduce you to our team of featured athletes.

Stefano Barberi

Stefano Barberi is a Brazilian/American professional gravel and mountain bike cyclist. Stefano began competing in mountain biking in 1992 at the age of eight and jumped to the professional ranks in 2003 before switching to road racing full-time for the next 14 seasons.

Going back to his off road roots In 2024, Stefano will be competing throughout the United States at the most prestigious MTB and Gravel races. We are so excited to join him for the ride!

Follow Stefano on Instagram @stefano_barberi.

Cynthia Carson

Cynthia Carson is an Ultra Endurance Cyclist whose journey into the world of Ultra Cycling began in 2021 with first place at Rockstar Gravel 250 followed by a fourth place at Unbound XL. Since then, Cynthia has found herself in the top step at some of the biggest ultras in the world including Unbound XL, Badlands, Across Andes, Atlas Mountain Race, GranGuanche Gravel, Transcordilleras, and Memory Bike Adventure.

Stay in the know as Cynthia travels the world racing Ultra's at, subscribe to Watt Wagon on YouTube, and follow along @watt_wagon on Instagram.

Emmett Culp

Emmett's been a part of the BTD family for eight years and raced his bike in the Pacific Northwest for even longer. His race calendar for 2024 includes national and international track cycling races.

When he's not making left turns on the velodrome, he's pursuing a degree in Industrial Design and is a collegiate athlete for the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Follow along on his Instagram @emmettculp.

Alex Howes

Already a decorated professional road racer, Alex Howes announced his retirement from the pro peloton in 2022 and fully dedicated himself to racing gravel.

From his home in the mountains of Colorado, Alex puts our top rubber to the test as he trains to compete in off-road events across the United States. Alex finished 8th in the Lifetime Grand Prix overall standings in 2023.

Keep up with Alex on Instagram @alex_howes.

Emily Joy Newsom

Emily Newsom has always forged her own path. Entering competitive cycling at the unlikely age of 34, she quickly rose to the top of her field, traveling internationally from 2018 to 2022 to perform in the most competitive races in Europe. In 2022 she was selected for the Tour de France Femmes—she later won the yellow jersey for a stage at the Tour de Pyrenees the same year.

Most recently, she's set her sights on gravel racing, where she's become a force to be reckoned with on the circuit — winning races and even be selected for the UCI Gravel Worlds. But Emily is more than just a cyclist at the top of her field—she's also a proud wife and mother.

Follow Emily on Instagram @emilyjoynewsom.


BikePOCPNW is a community-based cycling group in the Portland Metro area centering the lives and experiences of BIPOC folks.

Since their inception in January of 2021, they've hosted gravel, mountain bike, road, and party pace rides. BikePOCPNW has also put on bikepacking trips, WTFNB-only events, and currently has a once-a-month maintenance night at local non-profit, Bike Farm.

In 2023, BikeTiresDirect and BikePOCPNW teamed up to support cyclists interested in learning and racing cyclocross. We're looking forward to further project collaboration in 2024!

If you're interested in learning more about BikePOCPNW, you can email them at [email protected] or visit their website. Follow along on Instagram @BikePOCPNW.

Team Biciclista US

Team Biciclista US is a Pacific Northwest-based all-inclusive team for riders of all ages, skill levels, and competitiveness that aims to create a positive shared for all team members on and off the bike.

The team can attribute its success to bringing the vibes and uniting people around the stoke for bikes.

Follow them on Instagram @teambiciclistaus.

Team Oregon

Bringing in its 32nd year, Team Oregon is the longest-running cycling team in our lovely state of Oregon.

We are proud to support Team Oregon's mission to enhance the sport of cycling in Oregon by organizing an accessible team with resources to help all members reach their goals within the sport. Team Oregon also promotes bicycle races, community events, and coaching.

Meet the team and learn how to join at Follow them on Instagram @teamoregonracing.

Valkyr Cycling

Making their debut in 2024, Valkyr Cycling is a women's cycling team based in the Pacific Northwest.

Bringing riders from all skill levels across the northwest together, Valkyr's mission is to provide tangible opportunities for women to race bikes and to develop smart, confident athletes.

Learn about more about Valkyr Cycling, watch our exclusive Introduction to the Team on YouTube, and follow along on Instagram @ValkyrCycling.

Interested in working with BTD? Submit an inquiry form. We'll review submissions at the end of the year and reach out with the next steps if we'd like to continue the conversation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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