George has been part of the OTE family since the beginning. He worked at OTE in high school and was part of the original crew of "renegades" building trail at 18 Road. George raced as a semi-pro XC racer from 1997 to 2002 and was ranked 5th nationally. After his racing career George completed a degree in business with the hope of melding his love of cycling into a successfull business. In August of 2010 the opportunity to purchase Over The Edge Sports, Fruita presented itself. George partnered with his long time racing buddy, Ross Schnell, and the rest is history. George is proud that Over The Edge and Fruita are one of the most desired biking destinations in the world.
"I didn't just buy a bike shop, I bought Over The Edge"
George Gatseos III
Recent favorite ride: Mack Ridge to Troybuilt
The bike you ride: Rocky Mountain Element 950 with swapped Magura Brakes and Continental Tires
Post ride refresher: 90 Shilling
Whats your best nick name: Jorge (Hor-hay) (Given to me by everyone I have ever met)
Favorite food: Bagel Sandwich from Aspen Street Coffee
Favorite Quote: "Find the hole in the fence and sprint through it like a delirious zoo animal" Schwinn mountain bicycles advertising poster circa 1996-97
If I weren't here, I'd be... here : ).
What takes you over the edge? Swamp Coolers, they suck.
What's your trick, skill or the thing that gives you an EDGE? I am very patient, sometimes too patient.
'Rad' Ross Schnell
"I'm a desert rat who loves red rocks and technical riding".
This is a typical understatement from our Co-Owner Ross Schnell. Ross has been riding and racing bikes his whole life. He was the Colorado State BMX champion in 1991. He is a long time sponsored pro with Trek Bikes. He won the 2008 All-Mtn World Championships, and the 2009 World Single Speed Championships. Ross is freakishly fast on a bike, up or down. He's also one of the nicest, most humble pro athletes you'll ever meet. Ross' role here at Over The Edge is to promote our store by doing what we all love to do- RIDE BIKES! http://rossschnell.com/
Favorite Ride: "The Ribbon" to "Free Lunch" to "Holy Cross" @ Lunch Loops
The bike I ride: Trek Remedy
Post-ride refresher: Cold, delicious beer
Best nickname: "Rad Ross", from the 80's BMX days
Favorite food: Nutella, or pizza from the Hot Tomato!
Favorite quote: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right" Henry Ford
If I weren't here, I'd be... Somewhere else!
What takes you over the edge:
People who think they "know it all". Problem is, my girlfriend says that about me all the time. Doh!
What's your trick, skill, or thing that brings you over the edge: In life: I'm not afraid to fail, obviously, because it happens all the time.
Actual skills/tricks: I use a lot of "bike separation" and proper body position to corner fast. It works well when I do it right- still working on it though.
Landon is a thirteen-year bike industry veteran. When he's not in the shop he can be found exploring new and uncharted trails all over Western Colorado, Utah and the world! In 2009 he completed the grueling Moab route known as "The Centurion"- over 100 miles of Moab's toughest terrain in one day. This is quite an accomplishment, considering he had a severe back injury a few years before. Landon also has lately been freelance writing for Dirt Rag and Mountain Flyer magazine. He and his wife's story about their dog Gus received more mail then any other article ever written for Dirt Rag. Landon recently had to dump out his "Bucket List" bucket because it had gotten too full. http://www.commandonlandon.blogspot.com
Recent favorite ride: Pucker Up Trail at Lunch Loops
The bike you ride: Trek Remedy
Post ride refresher: A Vanilla shake!
Whats your best nick name: "Commandon Landon" (Thanks Nate!)
Favorite food: A buffalo burger from Milts in Moab, or a slice of Pizza from the Hot Tomato in Fruita
Favorite Quote: "My goal in life isn't to meet my end in a well preserved body, but to skid into the grave broadside, completely worn out, used up and loudly proclaiming - WOW WHAT A RIDE!" - Edward Abbey
If I weren't here, I'd be... Shredding sweet trails with my hot-rod Wife Mary, and my little muppet of a dog, Dinka Jane.
What takes you over the edge? People who won't listen to Mary because she is a girl.
What's your trick, skill or the thing that gives you an EDGE? "Skipping" - a counter-steering technique I learned from a homeless man who lives in a van. Skip taught me that I am never so good that I can't learn something new.
Mary grew up in Moab, UT and has worked in the bike industry since she was 14 years old. She was a "free rider" before any of us knew what that meant. She's one of the most accomplihsed female bike riders any where and has a habit of singing Disney songs while kicking butt at the front of a group of fast guys. A friend once described her this way..."Mary will destroy you on a six hour bike ride, then bake you cookies when you get home." That's our girl!
Recent favorite ride: Lunch Loops! Yeeehaa!
The bike you ride: Trek Remedy
Post ride refresher: Sea Salt Caramel Gelato
Whats your best nick name: The Velvet Hammer
Favorite food: Strawberries dipped in Chocolate.
Favorite Quote: "Happiness is not a destination...it is a way of life."
If I weren't here. I'd be... with my Hubby and my Little Girl Dog riding into the sunset....
What takes you over the edge? People who won't listen to me because I'm "just a girl."
What's your trick, skill or the thing that gives you an EDGE? "Singing my way down the trail, it makes me go faster!"
Max, described in two words...Customer Service! Max is the most helpful sales guy you will ever meet. We have to send him home on his day's off because he won't stop "working"- which to him isn't work at all. Max can't wait to help you have the best time you can possibly have while riding bikes in the Fruita area. From trail advice, to bike advice, to "where can I get a beer?" Max has the answer to your questions.
Recent favorite ride: Butterknife
The bike you ride: Rocky Mountain SLAYER!!!!!
Post ride refresher: PBR
Whats your best nick name: Maxmatic (given by Timoni Slusher)
Favorite food: Whatever I'm eating at the time.
Favorite Quote: "Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever."
Where is your favorite place... Somewhere that doesn't exist.
What takes you over the edge? My bike, sometimes.
What's your trick, skill or the thing that gives you an EDGE? I have the incredible ability to not take something seriously and realize it's not that important.
Drew comes to us from Atlanta Georgia. Drew was running his own mountain bike suspension rebuild business serving the Atlanta area shops. But Atlanta is hot, humid, and full of trafic. Drew and his wife Kimala were dreaming of sweet single track and bigger mountains. When we hired Drew we asked him if he was OK being overqualified and making less money. His answer..."Absolutely! Living here is a dream come true." Drew is a compliment to our already pro level wrench team. I've walked into the service area and found Drew rebuilding 3 forks at once!!! How many shops can say their technician can do that? OTE is stoked to have Drew on our team. If your bike breaks while in Fruita you will be happy he's here too.
Recent favorite ride: PBR at 18 Road
The bike you ride: Trek Remedy
Post ride refresher:12 to 16 oz of liquid carbonated refreshment. Does anyone have some Yuengling?
Nickname: Punky Drewster
Favorite food:Pizza from the Hot Tomato or Quaker Steak and Lube
Favorite Quote: "Boulder"
If I weren't here, I'd be...riding with the wife Kimala and the pooch, Ellie.
What takes you over the edge? When the whole staff is upset because someone wouldn't listen to Mary because she's a girl.
What's your trick, skill or the thing that gives you an EDGE? Riding a BMX cruiser. Or just a cruiser.
This is a good picture to describe our Greg...always riding off into the sunset...which he has done since giving up a car in 1997. Greg likes to ride, wants to save the world, but isn't too proud to hitch a ride with friends. He has a penchant for long rides and has toured, mostly on dirt and obscure tracks, throughout Western North America and in Hawaii, New Zealand, Chile and Mongolia. (He once tried riding to the Moon, but suffered from GaLactic Acid build-up.) When not riding he's often taking photos of riding and has been published in Mountain Flyer and Dirt Rag magazines and maintains one of the best blogs on the net. Despite years of experience in bike shops, he still cannot ride a wheelie. http://www.dirtanddogs.blogspot.com
Recent favorite ride: I have to pick favorites?
Often found riding a: Trek/GF Rumblefish
Post ride refresher: Another ride.
What's your best nick name? Greg. Or "The guy who knows nickname is spelled nickname and not nick name. Unless you're Nick. And then it's capitalized."
Favorite food: I have to pick favorites?
Favorite Quote: "The only thing we have to take seriously is seriousness itself." -G. Luck
If I weren't here I'd be: I have to pick favorites?
What takes you over the edge? Gravity. Gravity and "Oops!"
What's your trick, skill or the thing that gives you an EDGE? I take Mary seriously even though she's just a girl....who's worked in bike shops longer than I have!
At OTE we are constantly amazed at the quality of folks who end up working for us. Dan is yet another example of the high quality of folks who "get to work" for OTE. Dan has the work ethic a boss dreams of. Always positive, ready to hustle, and he also has a high degree of mechanical apptitude. Dan is our newest member to the OTE technician staff and we are stoked to have him on board.
Tater Tott is Fruita's most loved citizen. If you haven't met him, you are missing out. Tater stops in the shop most days to give hugs, see what is going on, and greet our customers. Don't be scared if he wants to "give you a funny farm." You won't soon forget the experience. No one loves life more than Tater. Thanks for keeping it real....Budddddy!