The OGE Enduro Race Team is a brand new, female-dominated team that focuses on both competing at the highest level as well as breaking down barriers to bring new people into the sport of enduro. Fully sponsored by the Outdoor Gear Exchange, a Burlington Vermont staple, our team’s goal is to raise participation by creating an inclusive and fun community in which to race and train together. Additionally we seek to boost female participation in a male-dominated realm by supporting women who have never raced before and those who have been self-supported and crushing it in the past.
Read on to meet our riders!
SARAH HOWERTER – Pro Women
Sarah is one of our two pro team riders, and this year you can find her shredding both the enduro and downhill courses at the ESC, and also jumping into a couple of EWS races for her first time. Sarah’s been riding mountain bikes since 2015 and has found a love for steep, chunky east coast trails. She started racing enduro in 2018, jumping right into the pro women’s field. One of her favorite parts about mountain biking is creating community and inspiring other women to get into the sport. She does this through a lot of local ride leading and organizing and by being a huge part of getting this team started! With multiple podiums and winning the last two ESC enduros of 2019, Sarah is stoked to see what the 2020 season will bring!
ANDREW NELSON – Pro Men
Andrew is the team manager/owner and coming into his first full season of pro enduro racing is mostly hoping to make it through injury-free and progress steadily through each race. He is extremely excited and proud to be surrounded by the first non-male dominated team he’s heard of in Enduro and can’t wait to get to it!
SARA SPENCER – Amateur Women
Sara is one of our many female riders on the team this year. She has been competing at the collegiate level with UVM for the past 3 years after starting to enjoy riding mountain bikes 5 years ago. She grew up in Vermont and has been riding all over the state for years, loving the diversity that each trail system holds. Her favorite part of mountain biking is going on long group rides with the wonderful community of people that fill this sport. While she started out as a pure XC rider, each year she enjoys going downhill more and more, but still feels the need to earn her descent. She looks forward to entering her first Enduro season this summer before going into her senior year of college.
SAMMY HEDLUND – Pro Men
Sammy is a longtime bike racer hopping into the Pro category for 2020. After years of racing road, cyclocross, XC, dual slalom, and downhill, his transition to Full Enduro is nearly complete. He hopes to put down some solid results this year (and grill and chill in the pit zone) after missing much of last season due to injury.
KIM QUINLAN – Pro Women
Kim is one of our two pro team riders, and her main focus for the 2020 season is the 7-day BC Bike Race! Kim’s been riding mountain bikes since 2007 and started racing with an ESC DH event in 2011. She jumped into the early east coast Enduro scene after that and fell further in love with the sport and the community. Since then she’s raced in Elite UCI local and national xc races dabbled in stage racing with the Pisgah and Trans-Sylvania 5-day events and earned the women’s overall title for the 2019 ESC Enduro series. Kim also helps out with leading rides, mentoring kids on bikes, and supporting more women on bikes, and can’t wait to do more of that and race with the OGE team this season! Sponsors: Outdoor Gear Exchange, Shimano, Vittoria, Julbo Eyewear, Velocio Apparel
ANDREW SAMPSELL – Pro Men
Andrew likes riding his bike fast downhill. On pedally stages, he frequently questions mid-stage why he is racing Enduro instead of DH, but after it’s all over he wants to go back up and do it again.
KRYSY STECKLER – Amateur Women
Krysy found her love for downhill mountain biking while she was in school at UVM and got into trail riding around 3 years ago and has been totally hooked since. 2020 will be her first year racing and she is stoked to have a group of people around her who are all supporting each other and helping to overcome barriers of access to the sport of enduro.
ANGELO FILIPPONE – 30-39 Men
Angelo started racing bikes while living in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. He spent a few years working in the local bike shop, building trails, and racing XC. Angelo recently moved to Vermont and can’t wait to start his first full season of enduro racing. He is looking forward to riding with the OGE team and working to build an inclusive racing community.
GINA MURAKAMI – Amateur Women
This is Gina’s first season racing bikes altogether. She found her love of biking in Utah and Colorado before being able to explore Vermont terrain. She primarily loves discovering new trails either solo or with friends, but is excited to enter the world of racing in such a supportive community.
HANNAH HARRINGTON – Pro Women
Hannah first raced mountain bikes at the ESC Victory Hill enduro in 2017. Hooked since then, she has raced in a variety of ESC events and will be stepping up to the pro field for the first time this season. To Hannah, there is nothing more challenging, exciting, and grounding (often, quite literally) than riding and racing bikes.
JESSIE KLINCK – Amateur Women
After her first full season on a mountain bike this past year, Jessie is keeping her stoke alive for this sport by jumping right into the enduro race scene. She is excited to surround herself by an awesome community of people who inspire and encourage her to keep pushing herself. She loves to be in the woods, go fast, and feel the wind in her face.
CAROLYN LAWRENCE – Amateur Women
After four years of having a blast on bikes with friends, Carolyn is ready to try enduro racing for the first time in 2020. Encouraged by her amazing riding friends and coworkers to get into the sport, she is stoked to enter the racing scene surrounded by this supportive community! (And to continue exploring all the amazing trails Vermont has to offer in between races!)
LAUREN POMERSON – Amateur Women
Lauren has been riding bikes since 2015 and is excited to jump into her first season of enduro racing! She loves being in the woods surrounded by friends and exploring new trails. She is excited to see what this season will bring and to continue to progress on her bike. Lauren is stoked to be a part of a female dominated team and to become more involved in the awesome local community!
LEELA HORNBACH – Amateur Women
Leela is a life-long cyclist, including racing in college, and has found her place in cycling by being a beacon of positivity for other women and girls getting into mountain biking. She does this through her work with Little Bellas as well as her IMBA instructor certification which she puts to good use heading up the Outdoor Gear Exchange’s women’s skills clinics. While Leela has taken a break from competing for a little while she is excited to get back to the start line alongside her rad team!