Sam Skidmore
Sam Skidmore

Sam Skidmore


Born in the Shenandoah Valley, I grew up biking and snowboarding. I started working at the local bike shop Shenandoah Bicycle Company when I was 15, which really opened the door to our cycling community for me. I currently build mountain bike trails during the summer with Dirt Artisans trail building company and run a snowcat at the local ski resort in the winter.

Sam's Kit

To me, the bicycle is very simple, but satisfies me in many ways; I seek enjoyment from it every time I ride, but it also helps very much with my physical and mental wellbeing.

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What is the cycling accomplishment you are most proud of?

The Massanutten Ring; a 68-mile perfect loop that is a short drive from home and is known to be very challenging riding. It is mostly singletrack with lots of amazing rock riding. The route is very popular for ultra-runners with 250 finishers completing the route, but only 8 people have completed it on bike. My friend Charlie and I set out to do it for the first time in Spring of 2017, and we completed it in 15.5 hours, which is currently the fastest time on bike.

What kind of cyclist are you?

Mountain biking is my passion and my primary focus; I just can’t get enough of quality trail experiences and long awesome days. I also spend a good bit of time on my road bike to mix it up and enjoy the great riding this area has to offer.

How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?

I’ve been riding since I was a kid, but at that time I was more interested in air time than riding time. As I got older, I started to appreciate time spent on the bike and out in the woods more than anything. My jobs are directly influenced by cycling, so I’m surrounded by biking all the time and really enjoy that.

What’s your favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?

The Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia have so much trail variety and unique landscapes. I cherish the quality riding and these public lands we have close to home.

What’s your favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?

There’s a lot of riding out west that I often think about, especially when it’s hot and humid or cold and raining at home. Mostly dreaming about perfect weather and new trails.

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?

To me, the bicycle is very simple, but satisfies me in many ways; I seek enjoyment from it every time I ride, but it also helps very much with my physical and mental wellbeing.

How do you see your future as a cyclist unfolding?

Down the road, cycling will probably still be the majority of my life. Working and riding only help me to appreciate what is within reach of my day-to-day life.

Who inspires you and your riding?

Many people - from my girlfriend, Lindsey, to the folks in our bike club and people I work with. I love the people who just live it; I call them do-ers. And at the same time, I still get so excited to go ride alone. Often, it’s just thinking about a ride or certain trail that makes me want to get out in the forest and go.

What is your favorite Salsa bike model and why?

The Salsa Redpoint is my favorite bike for most of my riding and is built for what I really enjoy getting out of my riding. Smaller wheels, good suspension, and a short wheelbase makes it a fun bike on harder trails or tight and twisty downhills.

What are your favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?

Start with coffee and a solid breakfast in the morning. On a short ride I like a little sugar and on a long ride I crave real food somewhere during the ride, mixed with bars and candy throughout. I’m always eating while riding. Soda and some chips are my favorites for after riding.

What are you doing when you aren’t cycling?

I’m often fishing when the weather’s bad and working when the weather’s good. I’m very passionate about trail building and snow grooming at my local ski resort which keeps me busy, and the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, our local bike coalition, hosts weekly trail work days through most the year, and there’s always trail clearing to be done on your own as well.

What don’t you leave home without on a ride?

Water, snacks, pump, sealant, tire plugs, chain link, and some tools.