Joe Dondero – Certified Coach, BMX Track Operator, Bike Shop Owner, FreeRider
D.O.B: May 22, 1967
Resides: Caldwell, ID
Favorite Trail: The one that goes down
I grew up on old school skateboards, bmx and motocross predating some of the terms used today like, ollie, freeride and x up. Most of my childhood was spent living in small mountain towns where we created good, competitive, fun on bikes. Downhill racing our schwinn 20″s down 10 mile dirt road descents (again predating the term downhill racing) or spending the day pushing up game trails just to bomb back down them crashing and breaking bikes and bones but, it was so much fun.
Things got a little more serious in the early 90s when I got my first Univega custom build. Then the race was on, winning a few and losing a few more but, always breaking my bikes. At that time I couldn’t afford the mountain bike racer’s lifestyle and had to ease off the hardcore mountain biking and just rode bmx for fun. It wasn’t until early 2000 that I was able to get back into mountain biking, and just in time. The bike technology now supports an aggressive rider like me and I don’t brake bikes as much anymore.
For the last 7 years I’ve been freeriding and downhilling year round (when I’m not broken). I’m also the track operator at the local bmx track, where I get my bmx race fix a few times a year as well as the opportunity to coach some great, young riders. It’s my pleasure to see the progress kids, young and old, make when they are dedicated. I love to teach and I love to learn. I’m constantly reading and studying the sport. I am ready to pass on all that I’ve taken in. I like mountaineering, peak bagging, backpacking, camping, canoeing, snowboarding, I LOVE to freeride/downhill and everything thing that goes with it. Ill be the first to admit that you might be able to beat me to the top but I’m tough to catch going down.