Tom Bender aka ‘Chops’ aka ‘Sasquatch’ has been in and around the bike industry going on 22 years. It started with a gift from his parents for his 10th birthday: a hot purple and yellow Specialized Hardrock. Tom began his racing career in the Midwest while participating in the Wisconsin Offroad Series. He has been fortunate to travel across the nation racing a variety of events with a focus on cross-country and endurance races. He now finds himself based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the community and the support from his better half keeps him grounded. Tom can usually be found chasing his brother Jeff in and around the mountains of Salt Lake or strapped to a computer running multiple businesses.
Utah Cyclocross, Draper Bicycle Park – 3rd Place
Utah Cyclocross, Barnes Park – 2nd Place
Mt. Ogden 50k – 4th Place
Cohutta Challenge, Tennessee – 1st Place
Wisconsin Offroad Series – 4th Place Overall
Palos Meltdown – 1st Place