Have you met our Service Manager Bernard Kocis???
Bernard began in the cycling world in 1981 as a racer without a clue. He won the first race he entered and after ten years of competing and never again winning, realized that he was ‘a has been that never was’!!
Bike maintenance was a necessity during the racing years, but due to the cost, it became necessary for him to learn how to work on his equipment to save money on the basics.
Bike mechanic school provided the training along with helpful shop personnel along the way. As the years passed, he hung up his racing cleats and put on his mechanic apron to follow the racing circuit throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America, China, Russia…..most of the places bike racing happens.
He has taught and directed the school where he learned bike mechanics early on, he has taught the USA Cycling Bill Woodul Race Mechanics Clinics and USA Cycling Regional Race Mechanics Clinics. Over the years worked for all major Neutral Support programs: Campagnolo, Shimano, Mavic, SRAM and for 12 years created and ran his own Neutral Program.
When not assisting the Neutral programs, he has wrenched for teams such as, Mercury, US National Track, US National Team CycloCross, New Zealand National Team Cyclo Cross, T-Mobile, Webcor, Team RACE Pro, UnitedHealthcare and Omega Pharma-QuickStep.
Bernard has been fortunate to have represented the US in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic and Paralympic Games with Mavic Neutral Support in the Road, Track and Mountain bike events.
The 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games as cycling Head Mechanic.
The 2004 Athens Olympics as Head Mechanic for Track and Mountain bike disciplines and Head Mechanic for the Athens Paralympic cycling team.
Bernard has wrenched at World Cup events, World Championships, US National events, European Championship events, Junior World Championships, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and a seemingly endless list of national, regional and local races over the past 22 years.
Bernard is determined to provide exactly what each person desires. Whether it’s how to hook up a floor pump to a tire valve or how to prepare and glue a new carbon rim. If he knows it, so will you.