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Meet the Staff

Sockeye Cycle Staff

 

The administrative staff, managers, mechanics and guides at Sockeye Cycle are the most resourceful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic people you will meet. We come from a variety of backgrounds; some work summers guiding our day trips and working in the shop, others are long time Alaskan residents that guide our extended tours and work in the office. We have three year round employees and twenty five seasonal employees.

Whether it is tours, rentals, sales or service; at Sockeye Cycle you can expect the highest level of customer service, professionalism and passion for bicycling in our northern environment. Come and meet our team!


Administration

Thom Ely - President

Thom first came to Alaska in 1981 to work for the Young Adult Conservation Corp at False Island near Sitka. He fell in love with the Southeast Alaska environment and returned summers to work as a deck hand on a salmon troller. He moved to Haines in 1987 and bought an existing bike shop in 1988. He continues to bike, hike, paraglide, ski and enjoy the environment of Alaska and the world.

Becky Hill - Office Manager

Becky's love for Southeast Alaska began on a backpacking trip in 1994.  A year later, she sold nearly everything she owned and left the DC area on a 5000 mile road trip to Alaska.  After a couple years of exploring the state, she settled down in Haines where she embraces a relaxed lifestyle full of adventure. She lives with her daughter near downtown Haines. This is Becky's seventh season with Sockeye Cycle.

Dustin Craney - General Manager

In 2009, Dustin sold everything that didn't fit in his station wagon and drove north to work on bikes in Alaska. Since then, the positive community, beautiful landscape, and endless adventure opportunities have made it home. Dustin and his wife Katie live near Fort Seward in Haines.

Paul Duyckinck

Paul came to Skagway in 2014.  From one windy city (Chicago) to another (Skagway), he has spent the past four years riding his bike all over the country.  He loves spending long days in the saddle and helping people enjoy cycling. 

Matt Jillson

Matt has a passion for international bike touring and exploring alpine regions. He's been making Skagway his summer home since 2015.  His upbeat nature is sure to get you excited about cycling.

Guides

Gina St Clair

Gina brings thirty years of Alaskan experience and thousands of miles of road cycling to Sockeye’s long tours. Gina drove her VW bus from Wyoming to Alaska in 1985, with a degree in Outdoor Ed,  and has made her life here, cooking in remote camps, teaching school, commercial fishing, and guiding, running her soap business, and being a mom. Always in motion, Gina keeps active snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, and cycling when she’s not in the garden or the classroom. For the last dozen years, Gina has pursued her passion for cycling adventure, competing each year in the regional bike race and touring Alaska and the western states, camping along the way. 

Lee Close

Lee drove his Tacoma truck from Texas to Alaska in the early 90's. He still has the twang in his voice but his heart is in the North. After many seasons as a fisheries technician his passion for the bike got him a job as a guide for Sockeye Cycle. He spends most of his time in the Yukon with his wife Nicole and dog Keta cutting wood on his lot, cross country skiing and playing disc golf.

Katie Craney

Katie first came to Alaska in 2004 and has worked for the National Park Service in both Gustavus and Skagway AK. In addition to Sockeye Cycle, Katie guides bicycle tours for WomenTours. She balances life in the saddle by creating art, which has been featured in shows around the country.

Brian Kaeter

Brian had his first Alaskan experience four summers ago working as a salmon processor in Bristol Bay. After traveling around the state when his contract ended he knew he had to find a way to get back. With a background in bicycle mechanics and a love of all things outdoors, Sockeye was the perfect fit. Back home in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brian can be found out on the trail canoeing, cross country skiing, backpacking, running, snowboarding, and cycling. Brian is excited to wrench on bikes and be back up in Alaska!

Erin Kennedy

Kennedy joins us from the Midwest, but is no stranger to mountains and big open space.  She has been working seasonally for the past couple of years working on trail crews in Arizona, shredding powder in Keystone Colorado, and running bike tours down the Klondike Highway. She has also completed a few long distance big tours around the United States and is looking forward to the next adventure her life brings.

Laura Patton

After visiting Alaska and completing her first bike tour with her dogs in tow, Laura knew two things.  One, is that the best way to experience a landscape as spectacular as this is from the saddle of bicycle, and the second was that she would need to return to Alaska the next summer for more exploration.  Laura originally hails from California, and has spent the last six years adventuring all over the West while on a quest for the best chocolate chip cookie.  She is excited to share the majestic landscape of Skagway with you! 

Daniel Euclide

While working in Corporate America Dan always said he was going to quit his job and become a bike guide, and Alaska was definitely the best option.  In the winters He hikes and mountain bikes in other coastal mountain ranges around the world, or can be found enjoying tropical sun, and is normally the only one running on the beach.  Dan also believes the correct number of bicycles a person should own is N+1.

Peter Gross

From Santa Cruz, California, Peter is a mover and a shaker. He is constantly looking for a new adventure, whether its trekking up a mountainside with no trail in sight or bike touring around the U.S. Peter is a lover of chili cheese hotdogs, ridiculous sunglasses, and making sure you are enjoying life!

Madi Butler

Madi made the long haul from Jacksonville, Florida. She wanted to work outside and not sit at a desk. She found an opportunity to come to Alaska and loves it so far. In her free time she can be found running, hiking, biking of course, or watching good movies. Although it may be chilly, she will always be down for ice cream.

Anna Bontrager

Anna grew up loving the mountains, trees and ocean in Santa Cruz, California. She has spent lots of time in the mountains, from Hawaii to Montana, and is so happy to be spending her second summer in Alaska. Anna spends her time hiking, climbing and biking and is stoked to get people on bikes to see Skagway, AK!

Patrick O'Malley

Hailing from Massachusetts, Patrick worked for a few years in finance in New York City before deciding that there was too much adventure to be had in the world. After traveling the globe for a couple years, he found himself in Alaska working for Sockeye in 2010. Since then he has been teaching and traveling all across Asia and, seven years later, finally made his way back to Skagway. On all of his travels he has always managed to ride bicycles across many different countries and landscapes and is incredibly excited to spend another summer outdoors in one of the most beautiful places he has ever been!

Wesley Cheney

Wesley Cheney has decades of experience leading bike tours, and a lifelong passion for learning. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Wesley biked from London to Rome via the Route Napoleon, sailed with the USS Kearsarge to equatorial Africa, earned a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Old Dominion University, and completed the final Boston-Montreal-Boston 1200km Brevet. As a professional photographer he has captured images of Harrier jump jets, Norfolk Southern intermodal trains and mountain bike races. Wesley has built, pedaled, paddled and sailed bamboo bicycles, kayaks and sailboats. He writes a monthly blog on utility cycling and regularly contributes questions to The Thomas Jefferson Hour. He plays the ukulele and the flugelhorn and prefers to wear a kilt.

Daniel Buquet

After graduating from Florida International University and pursuing a career in the medical field, Daniel wanted to take time and look for something different. He made the decision to leave Miami, Florida and relocate himself more than 4,000 miles away. Daniel brought with him his passion for living an active lifestyle, passion for the outdoors, and an eagerness to expand his perspective of the world. Daniel is also an avid photographer, working in partnerships with music festivals, he'll always be more than thrilled to take the time to get you and your group a great shot at any of our tour stops.

Michael Swanbeck

Michael Swanbeck is an outdoors enthusiast, and this is his first season working with Sockeye Cycles. His previous guide experience took place in the Caribbean, working for 3 months on sailboats and instructing people how to sail. Travelling and working around the US, Michael frequently would take friends to hard to reach places in the mountains of Glacier National Park, Montana, and around California's Sierra Nevada range. He was professionally trained as a chef at Johnson and Wales University, but has put that career aside for now to spend time in the great outdoors. Alaska has always been a place he has dreamed of going, so Michael made the trek north to Skagway in April, the perfect place to spend this summer on his bicycle.

Sophie DeGroot

Born and raised in the North Cascades, Sophie most recently lived in Boston where she attended school and worked as a bicycle guide. As an avid city and road cyclist, she believes the best way to see any new place is by bicycle - especially Alaska! Besides bicycle touring, she enjoys collecting new passport stamps, talking to strangers, and indulging in baked goods at the end of a long ride. 

Laurie Cale

A Michigander at heart, Laurie has been kicking it among the cacti and tacos down in Austin, Texas.  Since graduating, she’s worked on several organic farms, chainsawed across the Texas hill country, and spent the last year working in a different kind of jungle as a math tutor at an all boy’s middle school.  She’s super stoked to be hiking and biking in the land of mountain goats this summer.

Shop Staff

Ryan Rice

Ryan was born to work with bicycles as a young lad. Ryan has worked in our Haines and Skagway shop for the past 4 years on and off. He has been a talented bike mechanic for over 8 years. In his spare time, he can be found mountain biking single track, hiking at a mountain goat pace, being creative with a needle & thread, or making some fresh sourdough bread.

John Grenz

From the sweet land called Lebanon, Oregon, that is where John calls home. He is a published poet, loves to travel, and a friendly soul.  He has been coming up to Skagway for the past 2 years and loves this mountain town! He would be a great team member for trivia night; he’s got the film/actor category down.