U.S. Mountain Bike Orienteering Team: Member Biographies


Team members:
Sarah GinsbachSusan GrandjeanAbra McNairLiz Notter
Joe BrautigamPeter JollesThomas PuzakDave SwansonNathan Winkelmann

MTBO Team Executive Steering Committee Chair: Greg Lennon

Joe BrautigamJoe Brautigam
YOB: 1962
Residence: Bethel, CT
Occupation: Land Surveyor
   • Orienteer 26 years
   • Hasher 24 years
   • Adventure racing 13 years
   • World orienteering champs competitor Team USA 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999
   • World rogaine champ mixed veteran 2004
   • USARA National Masters champion 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
Club: Western Connecticut Orienteering Club
Team USA: 2013 (Manager/Alternate), 2014

Sarah GinsbachSarah Ginsbach
YOB: 1984
Residence: Huntsville, TX
Occupation: Registration Lead - Physicians ER
   • 2011 2nd Female Open 24 Hours of Rocky Hill Solo
   • 2011 XTERRA Worlds Qualifier/Competitor
   • 2012 UTI Cross Worlds Qualifier for Team USA
   • 2012 Texas State MTB Champion Cat 1
   • 2013 Super D National Champion
   • 2012-Present Member of MOAT AR Team
Club: North Texas Orienteering Association
Team USA: 2014
Off the map: I have a passion for endurance MTB races. Marathon through 24 hour solo. I am a 2 time Bike Toss World Champion (2010 & 2011) with a serious cooking, baking, & eating problem. I was born in Oregon and moved to Texas in 2000. My degree is in Applied Math, Microbiology, and floating the Comal River. I love anything that gets me outdoors!

Susan GrandjeanSusan Grandjean
YOB: 1973
Residence: Portland, OR
Occupation: Warehouse Manager at Showers Pass
   • 2003 National Champion for Expert Class in Mountain Biking.
   • 2004 Collegiate Omnium National Champion (combination of cross country, short track, dual slalom, and downhill)
   • US Ski-O Team member 1992, 1994, 2009
Club: Columbia River Orienteering Club
Team USA: 2012, 2013, 2014
Off the map: I came in 2nd at the 1998 World Championships in Shovel Racing. Half a second from 1st, 60 mph on a shovel!

Peter JollesPeter Jolles
YOB: 1975
Residence: Marietta, GA
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer—GE Power Systems
   • Captain and navigator of Checkpoint Zero adventure racing team since 2008
   • 2008 Ultra O-gain—First Place
   • 2010 Checkpoint Tracker National Adventure Race Series—1st place
   • 2012 Patagonian Expedition Race—5th place
   • 2014 GODZone Adventure Race—1st place international team
Club: Georgia Orienteering Club
Team USA: 2014
Off the map: When not running or riding I enjoy building furniture and woodworking. I can also be found helping kids build robots to compete in the FIRST Robotics competition.

Abra McNairAbra McNair
YOB: 1982
Residence: Portland, OR
Occupation: Advocate—City of Portland Transportation Division
   • Won the 2010 Women’s Cat B Cross Crusade Cyclocross Series
   • 1st Cat 2 MTB Short Track Series 2010
   • 1st Cat 4 Swan Island Criterium 2010
   • 3rd in the Pro/Cat 1 MTB Short Track Series in 2011
   • Competed at 2012 MTBO World Championships in Hungary
Club: Columbia River Orienteering Club
Team USA: 2012, 2013, 2014
Off the map: My most intense try-out experience was for the position of my high school mascot, the panther. My year as panther led me to a second mascot position as coyote, the mascot for a local Wenatchee AAA baseball team.

Liz NotterLiz Notter
YOB: 1966
Residence: Gaithersburg, MD
Occupation: Government Contractor—508 Compliance Specialist
   • 1st place Rosaryville Orienteering Duathlon (Red/Long MTBO), 2014
   • 2nd place Solo Female, Adrenaline Rush 12-hour Adventure Race, 2013
   • 1st place, 3-Person Female, REV3 26-hour Adventure Race (Navigator)
   • 1st place Duo, Rocky Gap Adventure Race, 201 (Navigator)
   • Five-time finisher, Shenandoah Mountain 100 Bike Race
Club: Quantico Orienteering Club
Team USA: 2014
Off the map: I have three teenage daughters who keep me very busy! I try to spend as much time as possible outside: riding, kayaking, running, and volunteering at local races.

Thomas PuzakThomas Puzak
YOB: 1978
Residence: Excelsior, MN
Occupation: Real Estate Investor/Owner
   • Comet of the Year Award, 2013, for WMTBOC performance
Club: Minnesota Orienteering Club
Team USA: 2013, 2014
Off the map: He loves to be in the saddle when he’s not playing chess, playing Frisbee with his Australian Shepards, or traveling in his old and rusty RV as far as two gas tanks will allow (approx 180 miles).

Dave SwansonDave Swanson
YOB: 1971
Residence: Burnsville, MN
Occupation: Category Manager—Mass Retail Industry
   • 2nd place Solo Male, 2012 Checkpoint Tracker National Championships
   • 1st place, Team Gearjunkie, 2012 MNOC Adventure-O
   • 1st place Solo Male, 2011 Checkpoint Tracker National Championships
   • 1st place, Team Wedali, 2011 Berryman 36-hour Adventure Race
Club: Minnesota Orienteering Club
Team USA: 2014
Off the map: When the single track is too muddy to ride, I am usually outside running, kayaking, and orienteering. Splash in a few Sudoku puzzles, coffee, and hanging out on the patio with my 100 pound dog is where you will find me in the early morning. On a rainy day—leisurely working on the old car, motorcycle, or wood kayak in the garage. Fat biking, skate skiing, and snowboarding fills the winter months.

Nathan WinkelmannNathan Winkelmann
YOB: 1982
Residence: Huntsville, TX
Occupation: Finance/Cycling Coach
   • 4x MTB National Champion
   • 14 Years of MTBing
   • Adventure Racing 7 years
   • World Duathlon competitor 2007 & 2008
   • USARA Sprint Adventure Race National Champion
   • USARA Nationals, 5th place 2009, 2010-Team MOAT
   • 2008 Primal Quest-Montana, 5th place-Team MOAT
Club: North Texas Orienteering Association
Team USA: 2014
Off the map: I spend a lot of my time coaching others on how to mountain bike. At nights, I'm up at the karate school teaching and sparring. I'm very good at quoting funny movies, and about 60% of the time I joke 90% of the time.

Contact: Robert Buraczynski (rburaczynski [at] localnet [dot] com)last updated 25 July 2014