Brad brings 25+ years’ experience creating and running cycling and cultural trips around the globe. From Bolivia to Bhutan, the Himalayas to the Alps, New Zealand to the Rockies, Brad has a passion for helping guests uncover the hidden magic of destinations, their people, and their culture. In addition to guiding all over the world, Brad was the founding Head of Rapha Travel in 2012 & co-founder of inGamba in 2011.
When you get to know Brad, you understand cycling just isn’t part of his job, it’s a key aspect of his life. Raised in Washington State, Brad now lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife, Dawn, and an undisclosed number of bikes. Let him know if you’re passing through as he’s always up for a ride down the road or up the mountain.
Keyth hails from the southern plains of Oklahoma, where big climbs may not exist but the desire to explore and enjoy the glory of suffering is ever present. That passion has driven him to not only explore the world afar but to inspire others to experience this glorious culture with him. Getting lost in a ride is the best therapy for being trapped by life. He’s eager to suffer alongside guests, encouraging them on their journey, and to get you started anew the next day. Whether it’s summiting a mountain in Corsica, ripping gravel in Oklahoma, or speeding down a technical descent in Southern California, Keyth loves being on his bike.
Hiro lives and rides near the bottom of Mt. Yatsugatake, the home of Rapha Japan and the Nobeyama Super Cross, drawing upwards of 1000 riders. Hiro heads up the Japanese marketing team of Rapha Japan. He enjoys not only the cool breeze in the summer but also the brutal blizzards in winter. Hiro has been mountain stream fishing with a Japanese approach called tenkara that uses a simple rod and line but no reel. He’s been at it for two years, but has yet to land a single fish!
Raised in Yokohama, Yoichi managed the Rapha Osaka Clubhouse for a number of years. When he was young, he dreamt of becoming a Formula One driver, and as a result has spent plenty of time on the track and in driving schools. In addition to driving, he also enjoys riding road bikes and cooking. Yoichi has an infectious smile and he also enjoys sharing his love of Japanese beer with his guests.
Hailing from Yamanashi, Shinji owns a professional massage studio. An all-rounder on the bike, he’s a competitive rider, taking part in road racing, mountain biking and cyclocross. He is also a skilled fly fisherman, has been married for ten years and he and his wife have a black lab named Dun (pronounced Dong).
Living in Aichi, Yasuhiro works full-time in a bike shop. An all-rounder on the bike, he spends his free time riding mountain, BMX, and road bikes. He’s also lived in Australia for two years working in Japanese restaurants. In addition to being a great mechanic, he’s also a skilled sushi chef.
Hailing from Aichi, Jumbo is a full-time electrician. He rides mountain, downhill and road bikes most of the year. Jumbo also spends his time hiking and camping in the mountains throughout Japan. Being quite tall at 182cm, his nickname of Jumbo is quite appropriate.
Tym hails from New York, but has called the West Coast home for the last nine years. Cycling is a central part of his life, having done a bit of everything from working as a bicycle courier to racing for a domestic elite team. Currently, he is studying Architectural Design. He loves to travel and has ventured all over the US, South America, Italy, and parts of Spain. Tym is excited to combine his passions of cycling and travel and share it with others.
Susan was drawn to the idea of massage after receiving it during chemo, where it had a profound effect on her well-being and healing. While attending massage school she was riding 200 miles per week and felt the benefits of massage on her cycling. She furthered her skills for cyclists’ specific issues with a certification in fascial stretch therapy and Active Release Technique. Susan has worked with RAID for three years on California and Hawaii trips. The rest of her time, you will find Susan dedicated to cyclists, providing relief and recovery to keep them on the bike and riding at their peak with her business, Cyclist’s Massage.
Jared has been trained and certified in the Specialized BG Fit method and has years of experience in the fitting process. In between bike fits and racing, Jared is Mike’s Bikes roving Head Mechanic, moving from store to store to help manage the 11 different Mike’s Bikes retail stores in the Bay Area. Jared competes on the road, in cyclocross races, and now in single speed mountain bike events. He knows first-hand the racer type, our habits, vigors of training, and necessities for a six-hour road race or 30mph crit. Chat with Jared while on the bike about your fit, he is keen to offer up his suggestions and assistance.
As the other half of Brad Sauber, Dawn is an integral part of the RAID operations and marketing team. Shortly after purchasing her first road bike in 2013, Dawn set out on a multi-continent adventure that included road biking across the South Island of New Zealand, where she met her husband. Since then, Dawn has logged thousands of miles and elevation, spanning four continents (so far), including iconic climbs. Her favorites include Mount Ventoux and Mount Haleaukela.
With more than 45 passport stamps, Dawn is always ready for the next adventure. Dawn helps inspire new destinations, and is passionate about creating unique experiences that are as unique as the local regions to create lasting memories for RAID guests. When you ride with Dawn, she won’t be off the front, but you can bet she’ll be driving to the finish, drinking in the sights and culture, and making a few friends along the way.
Jon is the ultimate utility man. From helping to launch a successful sports nutrition company, cooking countless meals with Chef Biju Thomas at the Tour of California, to executing training camps for TdF and Olympic riders like Taylor Phinney, Christian Vande Velde, Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers. Jon has also help run trips in Mallorca and Boulder, CO. He recently customized and built a sprinter van, which he used to explore Canada and the U.S. for 16 months with his wife, Pamela, and dog Penny. Jon has also become a licensed massage therapist to help aid athletes do what motivates them. His focus is on sports specific treatment while educating clients on how the muscles and body work. Jon is now back in Boulder, CO but he still owns the van and uses it for long weekends.
Kemi is a professional-level road cyclist who founded a successful women's professional cycling team in 2012, while single-handedly raising three teenage boys. While occasional podiums were nice, she measured her success by her ability to be a super domestique and position her teammates for the win.
She maintains her competitive drive along with balance for her boys, career and passion for pedaling. With a continued goal to raise the profile of women’s cycling and develop local athletes. She continues to work to inspire women riders to reach their highest potential, help remove uncertainties and create confidence; whether they are brand new to cycling or have a lofty end goal. Oh, and she still loves to race the boys.