Gary Sjoquist, Founding Chair
Gary Sjoquist is the Advocacy Director for Quality Bicycle Products, the nation’s largest bicycle parts distributor. Gary has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1990, when he founded the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) to help build and maintain mountain bike trails in MN. He was also instrumental in helping develop the mountain bike trail system at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Northern Minnesota, and since 2005 has served as Series Director for the statewide Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, an 11-race regional series serving nearly 4,000 racers. A former high school English teacher who has coached baseball, soccer, hockey and volleyball, Gary is passionate about mountain biking and how it can enrich the lives of teenagers and their parents.