Cycle Force Group’s HEAD Bike honors Bob Faulkner at the Sea Otter Classic 2022

In April 2022Cycle Force Group CEO, Kobus van der Zel, and Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), had the pleasure to sit down with Bob at the Sea Otter bike festival in Monterey, California to find out what started his remarkable lifestyle and to present him with the HEAD Bike USA legend ambassador jersey. The brand is proud to have an endurance athlete of Bob’s caliber represent its bikes not only in North Americabut also during events around the world.

For Bob the HEAD brand is “world renowned! When you mention the name HEAD it is top of the line skis. When it comes to bikes, I can only imagine that they are going to be a leader in bikes too. With the advent of eBikes, I can see that business going right off the, walls too! ” See full video interview here (YouTube; 30 mins).

It all started when 17-year-old Bob arrived on a boat in Canadaassisted passage for $ 30 and $ 190 in his pocket. His first job di lui was sweeping floors at the largest advertising studio in Canada, just thrilled to be working. He had found a business he could get passionate about! Very quickly, he worked himself up and was making money that his family di lui in the East End of Glasgow, Scotlandcould only dream of!

The years flew by and at 44, after building a very successful business, Bob realized that his health was not keeping up with his newfound lifestyle. He discovered his true passion about him when he assisted a friend during an Ironman event. The next year Bob participated, beating his friend’s time of him! The friend would go on to become Bob’s endurance sport mentor and best man. Bob competed in five more Ironman events, including the World Championship in Hawaii. Next, Bob convinced his mentor friend to enter a team for the inaugural Eco-Challenge non-stop 310-mile race in Utah. Bob would go on to do this race, also known as the World’s Toughest Race, seven more times around the world! To round out their annual schedule, they would run the 350-mile Iditarod ultra-marathon in Alaska in February on the famous dogsled course – five times!

Bob agrees that we find out what we are truly capable of when we surround ourselves with likeminded achievers. The group of friends that Bob has built up over the years, include several Olympic athletes, other extreme athletes, gym owners and even an adventurous billionaire.

Living and mountain-biking in Vancouver is for Bob the equal of Hawaii’s North Shore for surfers. He soon entered more cycling and mountain biking events with his group di lui, among others the scenic British Columbia Bike Race which covers 80% single track trails over six days of riding. It is hailed the ultimate single-track experience and truly a life-changing event.

In a way, Bob’s immersion in extreme endurance events is similar to big wave pioneer Laird Hamilton’s ascent to the top of the surfing world by surrounding himself with an elite group of kindred spirits experimenting with various ways to pull each other onto giant waves, using hydra foils and other creative ways that raised the bar for the entire surfing world.

Bob and his group took their passion for MTB endurance events international with races such as the Trans Andes, a five-day race with 62-mile days, the Mongolian Bike Challenge, and the Trans Portugal which Bob did four times! This race is 683 miles over seven days, with some days up to 105 miles.

Bob adds that his dad, who was a tough individual and always demanded the best, may have had some influence on his endurance spirit as well. His orphaned dad di lui, who ran away to sea at age 12, rose to the rank of Colonel in the Scots Guards and was awarded the Military Cross, the second highest military decoration of the British Armed Forces.

“During these extreme endurance events, the fourth day is the toughest,” says Bob without hesitation. “It is almost as if these events are designed to take participants beyond that point where their hope is crushed. The team is forced to learn how to support each other during some of the most demanding days. They learn how to work efficiently as a team and how to deal with people – a skill which easily applies to business. ” Recently, with the help of Bob’s company, one of his clients he won the Creative Director’s award in Tokyo with a half million dollar print job. “It all about the chase, the challenge and delivering a good outcome that all can be proud of – just like crossing the finish line at an endurance event halfway down the pack,” explains Bob. “The satisfaction makes it all worthwhile!”

Bob recalls a non-stop Eco-Challenge event in Australia, which exhausted him to the point of falling asleep on his horse and consequently falling off! Still, he calls it the “Disneyland for athletes” because the environment is “just spectacular”. He often feels like he just wants to scream out to his mom who would never have believed the places and events that he got to see.

Kobus tells Bob how he once observed the marked difference in size and ferocity between wild cheetahs and those bred in captivity. He asks what advice Bob has for his fellow CTPs on how to transform a group of underperforming people in an underperforming company. Bob jokes that entering them in an endurance team event would be a good start as some CEOs have done through programs like Outward Bound in Scotland. A good general rule that Bob recommends is to push the people to the point where they can do their best work while “criticizing gently” and leading by example.

What advice does Bob have for others who want to live a full, if not legendary life? He is very clear: “Carpe Diem – seize the day. If you have an opportunity to be part of a great team or event, take it every time! “Such simple advice and yet so hard to follow. We know many will take his advice and start saying to their friends:” The Mountains are calling , and I MUST go! “

About Cycle Force Group:
Messingschlager USA LLC, doing business as Cycle Force Group, is an importer of bicycles and accessories based in Ames, Iowahandling logistics, QC, and sourcing, and using North America Cycles as their premium sales platform catering to Independent Retail.

For more information, please email [email protected] or (844) 622-2453 by phone. View HEAD Bikes at www.HEADBikeUSA.com.

YouTube interview: https://youtu.be/CjDBoUZHZ44
Bob’s review of new HEAD E-Terrain eBike: https://youtu.be/X0aThC6Zar8
Bob’s review of new HEAD E-UP2 eBike: https://youtu.be/JWitgPo-Ba8

About HEAD:
HEAD UK is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of premium sports equipment and apparel. The business is organized into five divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports, Diving, Sportswear and Licensing. Products are sold under the HEAD (alpine skis, ski bindings, ski boots, snowboard and protection products, tennis, racquetball, paddle and squash racquets, tennis balls and tennis footwear, sportswear and swimming products), Penn (tennis balls and racquetball balls) , Tyrolia (ski bindings) and Mares (diving equipment) brands.

The Company’s key products have attained leading market positions based on sales and reputation and have gained high visibility through their use by many of today’s top athletes.

For more information: https://www.head.com/en/

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