Lev Stryker

12 Seasons with Cog

Lev brings a long history of cycling to Cog Wild. He started mountain biking at fifteen in Santa Cruz and never looked back. Name a type of cycling and Lev has probably done it. From racing road bikes and DH racing to Freeride trips to Whistler, and everything in between, Lev likes to have fun on a bike. He lives in Bend with his wife Kirin and daughter Nola. Lev has been riding in Central Oregon for over 16 years and has intimate knowledge of the trails and road rides. His involvement with the bike community in Bend includes trail adoption and crew leadership with COTA and coaching young riders in with Bend Endurance Academy.

Lev Stryker

Todd Schetzsle

First Season with Cog

Between Todd’s five different bikes, it’s not likely you’ll see him apart from a helmet or at least a pair of bike shoes. He runs with a self-proclaimed “singeltrack mind”, which is quite conducive to Bend living.

Reed Melton

First Season with Cog

A PMBI Level 1 instructor, Reed is a recent transplant from Sun Valley, Idaho with a passion for teaching others how to get the most of their time on the trail. Aside from coaching and riding bicycles, Reed enjoys skiing and riding motorcycles.

Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Strawberry Lemonade

Krista Koehn

First Season with Cog

Krista has spent the past half-decade splitting her time between Bend and a handful of exotic destinations around the globe researching wildlife as a biologist. She is excited to join the team at Cog Wild, showing off some of her favorite trails in the world. After your ride, you can often find Krista bartending at the Crater Lake Spirits tasting room in Downtown Bend.

Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Mango Passionfruit

Gabe Lanning

2 Seasons with Cog

Gabe has enjoyed riding the trails of Bend as a resident since 2000. In his off-time, Gabe loves snowboarding, trail running, and climbing. He’s a father to a 3 year old ripper named Van. We’re excited to welcome Gabe to the team!

Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Coconut Lime, Lemon Ginger

Randy Brus

First Season with Cog

Born & raised in Tacoma, WA, Randy moved to Bend in 2011 and is excited to join the team at Cog Wild. Randy attended Cal State Long Beach on scholarship for swimming, and competed as a water skier for a number of years. He spends his winters in the Palm Springs area riding in the sunshine and warm weather year round, but loves the warm season here in the PNW.

Andrea Meholic

First Season with Cog

Andrea has enjoyed the Bend lifestyle since 2007, and is excited to join the Cog Wild family to share it with others. Aside from riding her bike, she enjoys trail running, skiing, hiking and just hanging out with her dog Luna. She brings over a decade of guiding experience to the Cog Wild crew. Andrea currently works as a nurse at St. Charles Bend.

Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Blueberry Mint

Alex Flood

8 Seasons with Cog

Love anything with wheels and the rockier the better. Enjoys long naps in air-conditioning, often found on the couch at Cog Wild snoozing after miles of riding.

Favorite Deschutes Brewery Beer:
Fresh Squeezed, Mirror Pond, Hop Trip
Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Original, Blueberry Mint
Alex Flood

Chris Bowman

17 Seasons with Cog

Bowman is an avid topographer, skier of the slopes at Mt. Bachelor as well as hiking out into the backcountry of the central Oregon Cascades. His two kids have voted him #1 Dad the last 3 years in a row, despite the early bedtimes.

Favorite Deschutes Brewery Beer:
Fresh Squeezed, Red Chair, Hop Trip
Chris Bowman

Debbi Mason

Debbi grew up in Miami and slowly migrated west. She attended Appalachian State in Boone, NC acquiring a minor in Outdoor Recreation Management. After graduating from college, she guided for NOLS before moving to Eureka, CA. to manage a ropes course for CampFire. She met her husband in Breckenridge, CO and moved to Bend in 2007. Debbi enjoys mountain biking, skiing, volleyball and spending time with her two daughters.

Dillon Caldwell

6 Seasons with Cog

Bend native Dillon Caldwell is a Category 1 road and mountain bike racer. Racing in the PRT pro road circuit, Dillon travels all over the US to race and train. Despite all his travels, Dillon still thinks the trails in Central Oregon take the cake. He’s also a USAC certified cycling coach – don’t hesitate to ask him for some pointers.

Favorite Deschutes Brewery Beer:
Pine Drops, Obsidian Stout
Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Coconut Lime, Chai
Dillon Caldwell

Dustin Balderach

2 Seasons with Cog

Dustin moved to Bend in the summer of 2014 seeking sunshine and endless single track after living in Seattle for over a decade. During the summer, Dustin splits his time between guiding for Cog Wild, bike patrolling at the Mt Bachelor Bike Park and mountain guiding on Mt Rainier. In the winter, Dustin works as a professional ski patroller at Mt Bachelor. When he is not mountain biking, Dustin and his partner enjoy hiking, climbing, backcountry skiing and exploring Central Oregon.

Favorite Deschutes Brewery Beer:
Fresh Squeezed, Pine Drops
Dustin Balderach

Emily Haggans

6 Seasons with Cog

Emily visited Bend 5 years ago to ride Central Oregon’s amazing single track. Fell in love on the first ride and moved to Bend, from Missouri two months later. When not riding she prefers to be riding, inspiring others to ride and stand up paddle boarding with her dog Odie. During the winter months she can be found snowboarding, fixing bikes, and napping.

Emily Haggans

Erika Schmid

17 Seasons with Cog

Erika boasts being Cogwild’s longest serving guide. Infamous for her “Big Balls”, Erika embraces the edge in her mountain biking. When not schooling the younger generation on the trails, Mrs. Schmid instructs the whippersnappers in physics and chemistry. Erika loves riding in Canada and New Zealand but Oregon trails are dearest to her heart.

Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Mango Passionfruit
Erika Schmid

Eugene Cathcart

4 Seasons with Cog

Eugene Cathcart lives in Oakridge, Oregon where he works as the lead mechanic at the local bike shop, the Willamette Mountain Mercantile.  He loves the variety of trails in the Oakridge area. When he is not riding you can often find him up on Heckletooth trail with a rake and loppers.

Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Blueberry Mint
Eugene Cathcart

Gernot Bartels

3 Seasons with Cog

Riding with this guy is like your friend in Bend. All about fun, all rides are good rides. No matter your level, Gernot will show you the best lines the entire ride. When he greets you in the morning, relax knowing good times are just ahead.

Favorite Deschutes Brewery Beer:
Pine Drops, Obsidian Stout, Mirror Pond
Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Coconut Lime, Lemon Ginger, Apple Sass
Gernot Bartels

Greg Dixon

6 Seasons with Cog

Local since 1996, Greg splits his time in Central Oregon between guiding trails for Cog Wild and training telemark and alpine instructors throughout the United States as a PSIA National Telemark Team member. When he’s not riding in Central Oregon, Greg loves to go to Zion, Moab, Oakridge, and the Mckenzie to get his fix. In the after hours you can be sure that Greg is a local brewery enjoying a pint, or perhaps sipping an Oregon pinot.

Favorite Deschutes Brewery Beer:
Fresh Squeezed, Pine Drops
Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Coconut Lime, Lemon Ginger, Blueberry Mint
Greg Dixon

Heidi Slominski

4 Seasons with Cog

Heidi is a recent transplant from San Diego, CA, relocating to Bend to enjoy a more active, more diverse lifestyle. She’s an avid endurance mountain biker/racer, traveler, winter sport enthusiast and mother to a soon-to-be ripper named River! Heidi has been coaching for several years now and is excited to share her extensive knowledge of the details that make this sport more enjoyable for all of us.

Favorite Deschutes Brewery Beer:
The Dissident Sour, Black Butte Porter, The Abyss
Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Original, Strawberry Lemonade, Mate, Lemon Ginger
Heidi Slominski

Jason Meyer

10 Seasons with Cog

Jason, aka Big J, brings his passion for cycling and the outdoors to the Cog Wild family. A native Oregonian who has lived in Bend for 14 years, he’s been riding bicycles and motorcycles since an early age. After a short lived basketball career in the late 90’s, he started getting serious about mountain biking, and has not looked back since. Many of his friends call him Big J, and is known to have broken many a bike part. He is a student of Martial Arts, rides his snowboard in the winter, and loves to geek out and modify tuner cars in his free time.

Favorite Deschutes Brewery Beer:
Fresh Squeezed, Pine Drops, Red Chair
Favorite Humm Kombucha:
Coconut Lime, Lemon Ginger, Blueberry Mint
Jason Meyer