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Our Team

GrindStone is comprised of talented group of cyclists from beginner to elite.

Steve Carpenter

Steve is a Category 1 Road Racer and a USAC certified coach. Steve has over 19 years of road racing experience and has been formally coaching athletes for 5 years. "The first 10 years I competed I have made mistakes in my training that have allowed me to fully analyze what works and what doesn’t in the overall development of the cyclist. Through too much trial and error, and eventually some very sound mentoring, my focus and abilities have evolved to a point where I expect results every time I line up to race. It is that experience that enables me to provide solid mentorship to my coaching clients." Steve is married (13 years) with 4 young children at home (all boys; 8, 5, 3 and newborn). He holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Marshall University (1994). Steve is an Athletic Trainer by profession and is currently employed in the hospital setting as part of a high school sports medicine outreach program. His work experience also gives him great insight into avoiding and managing sport related injuries.

Tim Stone

Tim Stone, a category 2 rider,  Ironman finisher and two-time Escape from Alcatraz competitor, has a distance running background and took up the sport of Triathlon after a 15 year commitment to the martial arts. After achieving his 2nd degree black belt, an ACL tear during competition forced him to switch to a more friendly sport, not requiring the violent actions required of martial arts. With impressive bike splits in Triathlon, Tim was encouraged to hang up the running shoes and swim goggles to focus on bike racing. With time trial being the core of his training, Tim went on to win the GA Masters State Time Trial Championship with several other podium finishes over the years. Still racing the occasional P12 race, you will find Tim racing with his Son Michael who is a professional with the Greenville SC based BMC Hincapie Development team and making an annual pilgrimage to Master Nationals.  With his focus on supporting his new team in 2013, he will line up in the hotly contested masters category helping to support his teammates. With a degree in information Technology, Tim is founder of RS Technologies LLC and is married to Nancy Jones with two children, Lauren and Michael.  Tim is a certified USAC coach and enjoys helping others with their cycling development.

Tracy Saine

Tracy, a category 2 rider, bought a used mountain bike shortly after graduating college and has been hooked ever since. He did a few mountain bike races before switching over to primarily road racing in 2002. He raced for several years in Cat 4, 3 and 2, winning races at each level and placing on the podium at master’s nationals. He also helped set course records at numerous challenge centuries such as 3 State 3 Mountain, Cherohala Challenge and Six Gap. Tracy is a graduate of North Georgia College and Georgia Tech with degrees in Mathematics and Industrial Engineering. He works for Aramark Uniform Services as a Sourcing Manager in their Procurement Department. He lives in Lawrenceville with his ultra-high energy lab mix, Lady. In addition to cycling, Tracy enjoys hiking, paddling and spending time in the north GA mountains.

Alex Harrod

Alex, a category 4 rider. When Alex turned 30 he found himself with high blood pressure and 60 pounds overweight.  When he learned that he and his wife, Susan were expecting their first child he determined to make a positive change in his life  to ensure that he would be around to see his children grow up.  Over the course of the next 3 years he dropped from 233 pounds down to the low 170s.  After completing several sprint distance triathlon events and running road races he realized that the pounding of running was too hard on his knees, so he started cycling full time.   The camaraderie and competition in cycling quickly turned into a new lifestyle, that he shares with his entire family.    Alex turned his competitive spirit to road racing in 2007 and has been successfully balancing the demands of a full time career, dad, husband and road cyclist.   Alex is currently working in the Ad Specialty industry where he manages New products , Sales and Marketing.   Alex studied Business at Georgia State University, and is the devoted father of 2 wonderful boys and the happy husband of his very supportive wife, Susan.  When he isn't training he can be seen riding through the Dacula, GA. area with his wife, or his kids.  Alex has a keen interest in  all things fitness related and is interested in becoming a certified coach.  Alex is particularly interested in finding ways to make cycling a safer sport for our kids and new cyclists. Whether through education, training, or advocacy, cycling is a wonderful sport the whole family can and SHOULD enjoy.

Scott Skrove

Scott is a Category 4 and is a relative new comer to the competitive road cycling arena.   Scott's cycling background has been centered around the cross country mountain bike circuit for many years. Scott is most notably a former Florida State Series Champion.   Scott has made the transition to road competition and brings his determined work ethic and self motivated drive.
Scott has been a custom home builder in the Atlanta area for over 12 years. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Scott lived in Tallahassee, FL where he pursued a career in law enforcement as  a police officer for over 10 years. Scott is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Criminology.   Scott is a devoted father of three and shares his life with his loving wife, Monica.

Tom Pleck

Tom Pleck, a category 5 rider, lives in Grayson GA. He began riding a road bike with his brother in law in the MS150 6 years ago and has caught the "bug" ever since. He has raced in several local road races over the past two years with a personal best of 2nd place in the last race in Brooks, GA. Tom has excelled as a bike racer and improved his fitness and bike skills though racing and group riding. We would vote Tom as most improved for the 2012 season. Tom has worked for Southeastern Freight Lines for the past 20 years. His goals for the 2013 race season are to move to Category 4 and race the Masters 35 +. Tom is married to Dawn Pleck & has 2 beautiful daughters ages 7 & 10, all of which are cyclists as well.

Scot Eisenman

Scot Eisenman, a category 5 rider.
 
I grew up in a small farming town in South Texas. Growing up I got to see firsthand what poor diet and lack of exercise can do. Most of my family members were overweight and in poor health. In my early teen years I told myself I would not fall into the same rut. I began running and competing in track and cross country events. After graduating I went to the U.S. Army where I continued to compete in  running events as well as expanding to half/ full marathons and triathlons. I got out of the Army in June of 1997 where I continued to compete this way until around 2000 when I told myself I needed a break. After taking a long break from competition I began mountain  biking in 2008 as just a hobby. It didn’t take long and I was completely hooked with the biking bug. I began looking for every trail and course I could find not to mention faster and more competitive people to ride with. There’s just something about the camaraderie between cyclist’s. In 2011 I was transferred to the fine state of Georgia for a career opportunity with State Farm Insurance where I handle Complex Commercial and Residential Fire Losses. Since moving to Georgia I have begun road biking and continue to mountain bike so I get the best of both. I am constantly working on ways to improve my biking skills through local cycling events and group rides. I am currently married to my beautiful wife Christie Eisenman and have 2 great kids Zachary 13 and Abigail 11. For the following 2013 season I plan on competing in the Masters 35+ division as well as continuing to improve as a cyclist.

Dave Clutter

 Dave Clutter, a category 5 rider.

 I was never ever a cardio fan. I liked the weights more and eventually plumped up to 250lbs. But once I was diagnosed as being in Kidney failure and spent 3 years on Dialysis, I realized that cardio was a necessary part of my life. I bought my first bike in 2009, did one triathlon and fortunately got the call for a kidney transplant. The bike sat in the garage for the next 6 months. I dusted it off, rode it for the first time and puked. This was the beginning of my cycling career. Spent a year on it (26lbs), got a much nicer bike and that’s when cycling really got to be fun. Did a couple of cat 5 races and one criterium in 2012 and realized that the training needed to be taken to a whole new level. Can't wait for the 2013 season!!

Scott Daniell

Scott Daniell, category 4 rider

I started my cycling adventure about three years ago. I spent the last 15 years playing competitive softball which I loved but found myself struggling in the health department and reaching a weight of 276 pounds and feeling poorly. I knew I had to change the way I was living and drop some serious weight to become healthy again because I was only 43 and not supposed to feel this way. I changed the way I was eating and hit the gym hard and now I am in the best shape of my life with still some improvements needed. I had a friend loan me a bike for some much needed cardio (I refuse to ride a stationary bike in the gym) and needless to say I was hooked. I purchased my first bike, met some great friends and found that this was not only fun and healthy but very competitive so I upgraded and bought my second bike that would allow me to be a little more competitive. I look forward to the 2013 racing season where I hope I can improve my fitness even more.  I live in Loganville, GA with my wife Kay of 23 years. We have one son name Tyler who is a senior at Kennesaw State College. Although they think I am crazy to go out in all kinds of weather and ride thousands of mile over the years, they are still my biggest fans.

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Stone Cold Winter Ride

November 4th, 2012

Grindstone Winter Ride to N High Shoals and beyond. 60 miles 18-20mph. One stop at approx 45 miles--meet at Stone Compound 10am. Map my ride link is stone cold winter ride. All welcome.

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