Meet Our Guides
Chris: Local Tour Guide & Bikepacker
Chris Gray - pulled out his old 26" Peugeot in the summer of 2014, having let it sit for 20 years, in order to lose weight for his brother-in-law's wedding. After dropping 60 lbs, and months of riding he was hooked again and bought his first modern hardtail. Since then his love for biking and trail running has continued to grow, especially towards endurance events like the Snake Creek TT, Death March Revival, and Fool's Gold. Bike packing in particular has become a very focused passion for Chris, leading him to complete the Cohutta Cat as well as the Huracan 300 for two years in a row. Having earned top 10 finishes in both events, Chris now has his sights set on the 2018 Trans North Georgia Adventure. Chris loves helping people learn to ride, have a great time in the woods on a bike, and become more confident in themselves. He is also certified as a PMBIA instructor.
Dave: Tour Guide
David Lack - As far as Dave can look back, he's spent his entire life on and around bikes. In 1979 at age 16, he started working at a bike shop in Lake Wales, Florida. His parents bought the bike shop and eventually opened a second location in Winter Haven. After Dave's parents retired in 1997, Dave owned and operated The Bike Shop of Winter Haven, meeting many locals and travelers in Central Florida. Dave ran the shop until 2013 when he sold it and relocated to North Georgia, bringing his multitude of bike knowledge and mechanic experience to Ellijay. He now works part time at Cartecay Bike Shop as well as guiding for us. Dave has been taking mountain bike trips to the North Georgia mountains for over 25 years and knows our local trails as well as we do. He's frequently seen on our local trails with his ultimate trail dog Lucy Lou.
Loretta: Local Tour Guide
Loretta Simpson - A retired City of Miami Firefighter/paramedic. She moved to North Georgia when her husband took a job at an Atlanta hospital. She has been a competitive cyclist off and on since her time at the Fire Department where she entered the firefighter olympics. Thirty years, 2 children and a few broken bones later, she's still crazy about the bike. Loretta discovered mountain biking at the age of 38 and took up racing upon moving to Georgia. As a Cat 1 racer she has competed and trained on most of the trails and gravel in North GA and the Southeast. Highlights of her racing career include an age group Masters national championship in cross country, topping the podium at the Snake Creek TT, Cohutta 65, Bump and Grind and podium finishes at Fools Gold 50 as well as the buckle at the Leadville 100.
Loretta no longer "trains" and only competes occasionally but loves to keep her fitness up and ride with other cyclist in the community. She hopes to share her experience with others through guiding and working with High School mountain bikers such as the NICA league (National Interscholastic Cycling League) and is also a PMBIA certified instructor.