The Rider – Nick
Former UCI Pro Cyclist, Current USAC Pro Cyclist, and USAC Licensed Coach
Nick is a former UCI professional cyclist and current USAC Professional cyclist who has been competing since he was 13 years old, now with over three decades of cycling experience. With a solid Palmares behind his name, a native Australian, In the 90’s Nick got a startup with the Belgium elite development team, Team Spenco. Nick got picked up by Pro team Casino Ag2r where he remained for three seasons, later moving back into the FCI continental domestic roster with Italian team Bicci Pro Team where he was a domestique. Nick stayed there for a short period where he improved his conditioning as a good all rounder with strength in the hills. Nick moved to MTB racing later in life only for fun and turned Pro in 2015 (DH/Gravity and MX). Nick continued to ride road and Is now a seasonal coach and ongoing statistic coach with FCI Team Bicci based out of Italy.
After returning to the United States, Nick began coaching a youth development team, and an elite women’s team. He founded two teams in South Carolina of Cat 1-4 riders, one of which later merged into a larger team. With his family growing, Nick started to revert to full-time coaching. Nick also founded NPC Training Systems. Nick is an accredited fitter with the IBFI (International Bike Fitters Institute), as well as a Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Corrective Exercise Specialist with the International Sports Sciences Association, a Certified School Cycling Instructor with Youth Education Sports, and a USAC and Training Peaks accredited coach.
The Crew Chief – Fran
Fran is retired after thirty-seven years of service across the entire domains of the U.S. Intelligence Community, and Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement. Currently he is volunteering as Director of Sponsor Relations for The Hercules Foundation. Fran just completed his first ride with the Police Unity Tour Chapter IV riding over 230 miles in honor of fallen police officers.
The Mechanic – Alex
Alex has always enjoyed riding high-end machines. So with that passion, you can trust that he will keep Nick’s bike rolling with exquisite precision. To feed his obsession, he has made a whopping twenty-year career as a professional bicycle mechanic. Committed to maintaining cutting edge technical skills, up-to-date with industry knowledge, Alex is the man when it comes to wrenching on a bike. He is a master at his profession and continues to challenge himself with continued training and education. He prides himself on meticulous work, regardless of what bike rolls into his workshop.
Alex recently completed the USAC accredited race mechanic program. Alex is also certified as a masters technician from SBCU (Specialized Bicycle Components University), and Shimano DI2 Mechanic Certified. Alex has supported in Mechanical support for Race Across America, Shenandoah Mountain 100, and the Face of America.
The Core Condition Coach & Nutritionist – Jeremy
Jeremy is the Strength and Core Conditioning coach at ProBike FC. Jeremy is a 24 year Army veteran, having retired at the rank of Lt Colonel. He has completed every Spartan Race, including the Ultra Beast.
The Media Relations Officer, Massage Therapist, and Team “Mum” – Meg
Meg Hawkins is an officer with the Fairfax County Police Department where she has served since 2007. Meg has 14 years in law enforcement, having previously served with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff.
During her law enforcement career, Meg quickly realized her calling for community service, volunteering, and fundraising as she encountered citizens and helped them in ways others weren’t able to. Over the last several years, she has dedicated herself to numerous causes, some of which she has created out of her own observations and passions.
In 2010, Meg began volunteering for the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), an organization that provides online memorials for over 23,000 fallen officers and K9s. She founded the Officer Down Memorial Ride which has raised over $200,000 for ODMP in seven years.
Because of the many organizations she supports and the various events that she coordinates, Meg formed her own philanthropic organization called Making Everything Good (M.E.G.) and began to build partnerships. M.E.G. will soon be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Meg recently became a licensed massage therapist after receiving her Career Studies Certificate in Massage Therapy from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Meg has a Bachelor of Science in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources specializing in Exercise Science (2002), and went on to earn a Masters of Science in Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion (2006). She earned both of her degrees from George Mason University.
The RV Extraordinaire – Scott
Scott was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, where he was required to be a Buccaneer fan. Upon graduating high school in 1987 he joined the United States Navy. He served 6 years, two of which were aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal.
While in the Navy he met the love of his life, Sherri, and married her. Currently they live in a suburb of Washington D.C. They have two grown sons (Joshua and Bryan) and have been married for almost 30 years.
Since leaving the navy, Scott worked in the tech industry for about ten years. After the events of 9/11 and the DC sniper attacks, Scott realized he needed to re-enter public service and try to make a difference. He joined the Fairfax County Police Department in 2003, and in January 2016, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Scott has worked his whole career in patrol.
The RV Extraordinaire – Mike
Mike Shamblin was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia and is the son of a retired Fairfax County Police Officer. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1992, Mike joined the Fairfax County Police Department. During his more than 25 years in law enforcement, he has worked in patrol, bike team, criminal investigations and the criminal justice academy. He is currently a commander at Department of Public Safety Communications.
Mike has been married for nearly 22 years to his wife, Bobbie, and they have a 20 year old daughter, Haley.
The Navigator – Brooks
Brooks Gillingham is a 15 year veteran officer with the Fairfax County Police Department. Brooks is an active member of department’s peer support team which consists of a group of officers that help and support their peers who experience traumatic work events. When Brooks is not at work, he likes to spend time with his family, checking out the latest micro breweries, playing video games and watching movies. He is very excited to be a part of Team Nick and is honored that Nick is riding in honor is his daughter, Ella “The Warrior Princess,” a childhood cancer survivor.
The Medic & Navigator – Eric
Eric Provow is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department (FCFRD). He has 11 years with the FCFRD and is also a member of their Technical Rescue Team. Prior to joining the FCFRD, he spent 20 years in the military working in Special Operations and retired in 2007 from the United States Air Force. He is married to Meg who is also a part of the support team.