Central Oregon Wheelers


Sam Handelman

Sam moved to Bend 17 years ago, and has always wondered why Bend and Central Oregon lacked a recreational road bike club. His answer to that question was to start one! When he was 11 years old, Sam began riding with his mother and uncle in the Los Angeles Wheelman club. When he was 19, he rode across the US on a J.C. Penney sponsored ride. He now rides with whoever is willing, including his wife Barb, who is often riding with Sam on their new Co-Motion tandem. Sam was a Board member at COTA and Meissner Nordic.  email: sam@cowheelers.com

Mark Pilliod

Mark Pilliod retired two years ago after serving 10 years as Deschutes County Legal Counsel. A Wisconsin native, you might find his endless chatter about the Packers a bit much, especially if you’re from Minnesota or Chicago. Road riding is his passion. He’s ridden through the Canadian Rockies, Glacier National Park, San Juan Islands, Cycle Oregon, Crater Lake, the Death Ride, RAMROD, STP, Reach the Beach, Tour de Blast, Mazama, , High Pass Challenge, Torture 10K, Tour des Chutes, Pioneer Century, Covered Bridge Century, Wildcat 100, and the Central Oregon 500. His backyard favorite is climbing McKenzie Pass, especially before ODOT opens the road to motor vehicles. email: mark@cowheelers.com

Dave Slavensky

Dave (and his wife Lori) moved to Bend in 2003 to be closer to the activities they enjoy and the people who enjoy them as well. Dave started cycling while attending C.S.U. Chico where he did his first week long self supported ride. Since those days of wool shorts with real leather chamois he has been riding both road and mountain bikes. He looks forward to helping create a fun club! email: dave@cowheelers.com

Kevin Briggs

A native of Florida, Kevin moved to Bend with his girlfriend in 2010 after a handful of years in Portland.  Over the years he had enjoyed a range of cycling, from racing triathlons to touring overseas.  His cycling focus in Bend for several years has been a weekly ride that has evolved from a Meetup group, to an email list, and now to a COW ride.   His favorite cycling moment:  the image of a seventy-something French cyclist passing him on a climb in New Zealand and the thought—I want to be like that one day.  email: kevin@cowheelers.com

Dave Brown

Dave is an avid health nut and  a Health Coach with a background in medicine and computers. He was a RN in the ER, so he's a good person to have on your rides! Dave was also a competitive cyclist for the US Paralympic National Team.  He volunteers at OAS (Oregon Adaptive Sports) assisting people with many types of disabilities. An experienced motorcyclist, kayaker, rock climber, and of course, cyclist.  Dave moved to Bend from Spokane in 2006. email: daveb@cowheelers.com

Central Oregon Wheelers is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization. PO Box 542, Bend OR, 97709

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