PBMA is excited to introduce our newest Mechanic of the Week, Kevin Oliveira, of the Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis Pro Cycling program!
For those of you just tuning into #mechanicmonday, this is where we feature one mechanic each week, chosen at random from nominations submitted the week before. It’s all about mechanics supporting fellow mechanics – even behind the scenes, where we are proud to say that our Mechanic of the Week is presented by none other than Abbey Bike Tools and the Friar himself!
Kevin lives in Oceanside, California but spends most of his weeks on the road, especially during the summer, when he works exclusively with the Jelly Belly Pro team. He got his start in cycling by riding BMX and managing local bike shops, but it is clear that Kevin is most at home in the thick of the Continental Pro Tour. Before becoming the Head Mechanic at Jelly Belly, Kevin wrenched for the Race CF Amateur Junior Elite team and for the Team Novo Nordisk continental program. In the world of race mechanics, Kevin’s peers describe him as detail-oriented and goal-focused, and they praise his ability to keep a level head and not get discouraged “whenever things go sideways, as they usually tend to do on the road.”
Kevin was nominated to be featured this week by his friends, both in and outside of cycling, all of whom say that he is a “solid mechanic and an all-around great, reliable person.” His industry friends are quick to point out that Kevin was the wrench behind Jelly Belly rider Lachlan Morton’s impressive Tour of Utah GC victory last season – and arguably his World Tour contract for this coming season.
Fortunately for the Jelly Belly team, Kevin won’t be following Lachlan on to the World Tour this year, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see him there soon. We are proud to feature Kevin this week, and we look forward to seeing him on the road!
For everyone reading this at home, we encourage you to join the #MOTW conversation: Post a picture of YOUR favorite mechanic and tag us @probicyclemech, #probma, or #mechanicmonday, or nominate him or her to be featured in next week’s post!
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