On most days when he’s building trails, Sam is busy working either the first or second machine. Thanks to mentoring by other Dirt Artisans’ staff while working on projects like the trails at Jakes Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest, Sam learned how to build fun trail features - such as jumps, berms, rock wall rides, skinny singletrack and switchbacks - in all kinds of challenging terrain. When he’s not operating a machine, he’s lending a hand doing chainsaw, rock and wood work.
Riding a bike in new places and new trails is something Sam is always chasing, although many of his favorite trails are near his home in Harrisonburg, Virginia, especially the challenging rocks, big climbs and ripping descents found on Massanutten Mountain, a local mountain where he not only works at the ski resort in the winters, but where he’s also built mountain bike trails for his local bike club, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. He also loves road riding, bike park riding and racing enduro in nearby West Virginia.