About Brent Winebarger
Born: June 8th 1977 – Riverside, CA.
Racing Age in 06’-29
Occupation: Shop Manager at Cottonwood Cycles
Home: Aztec, NM
Hobbies/Interests: Cycling, snowboarding, XC skiing, snow shoeing, camping, fishing, traveling, Frisbee with the Fuzz, zoning out on the playstation
Bicycle and General History: After falling in love with the bike at an age of three, it was long after that the competitive streak played a part in racing. Starting off racing BMX at the age of 7, I spent a lot of my Summer days at the local BMX track. Although the racing scene in Sheridan WY. faded at the age of 11, I never stopped enjoying the bike. I then hopped on my first Mountain Bike in 1989 after a family trip to Missoula, MT. The family was hooked and the folks bought us our first mountain bikes. Through the teen years, interests changed, but I always had a bike. Soon after high school I moved to Farmington, NM. to live with my cousin. I was able to get a job at Cottonwood Cycles. With past retail experience, and the fact that I rode, it made me a perfect minimum wage candidate. I began racing when I was 19, but was not committed. Still with other interest, I met a girl who eventually drew me away from Farmington and racing. I spent 2 years away from the four corners. I lived one year in Minneapolis, MN where I got my first Store Manager position at a bike shop called Bennett’s Cycle. I then moved to Odessa, TX where I pursued getting fat and selling mobile homes. After 10 months of what I would call hell, the lady and I split up. I packed it up and headed back to The Land of Enchantment. Waiting for me in Farmington was the Store Managers position at my now family’s bike shop Cottonwood Cycles. I immediately began cycling again. My focus initially was to shed some weight. After meeting some key people who have helped push me over the past 5 years, I have now taken cycling further then I ever imagined.
Now going into my second year as a professional on the mountain bike, I look forward to what lies ahead.