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!


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 has been guiding for the past few years living out of the Pacific Northwest.  He believes in educating others to help protect our wilderness areas. He also loves spruce tips!!


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!

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.