Rob Versteegh

Global Sales Manager

What kind of cyclist are you?
A curious one.

How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
I can’t remember a time that is wasn’t a part of my life. When I discovered the local bike shop (Marty’s Schwinn Cyclery) at about age 10, it officially became way more than just ‘riding a bike’. Each ride started and ended there. Free time was spent there. Lifelong friendships were built there. A passion to race was fostered there. An education in mechanics was taught there. A desire to work in the bike industry was born there. It’s been more than just ‘riding a bike’ ever since.

The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
Teaching my daughters to ride.

Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
I like the places that surprise you. Some of the most amazing mountain bike trails shouldn’t be in Cable, Wisconsin and some of the most amazing road rides shouldn’t be in Los Angeles, California. But they are, and I love it.

Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
I don’t often daydream of the far-off places. I dream of the amazing ride out my back door that I’ve not found yet…that corner where I’ve always turned left, but the better ride is turning right, and I just don’t know it yet.

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
Fun. Exploration. Freedom. Friendships.

How will your future as a cyclist unfold? What are the next steps in your evolution?
It’s impossible to tell. If you asked the question 20 years ago, I couldn’t have predicted the big gravel rides and fat bike exploration on snowmobile trails we do today. Let’s find out together!

Who inspires you and your riding?
I’m inspired by those that win the game of making it a challenge while keeping it fun. Fast/slow, win/lose, race/ride, short/long, dirt/pavement, lycra/baggy…doesn’t matter, just have FUN while you do it. That’s inspiring.

Favorite Salsa model and why?
Salsa Spearfish, the sleeper in the entire lineup. Such an amazing bike for short rides, long races, and everything in between. It’s the bike I’ve been on when I’ve learned the most about myself, and my ability to suffer.

Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
Pre: coffee and pop-tarts.
During: water and banana bread.
Post: cold beer and grilled meat.

When you’re not cycling…
Kids and wife. #dadlife

What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
Music, maps, camera (iphone).