PBMA is proud to introduce our newest Mechanic of the Week, Alex Laursen, a pro race mechanic based in Heber, Utah!
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!
Alex is wrenching for the Elevate-KHS pro cycling team this road season, but he’s worked countless races with neutral support and other pro teams as well. To his fellow race mechanics, Alex is “like the happy-go-lucky, rub-my-belly-for-good-luck Buddha of bike racing.” In other words, he is not only a talented mechanic, but he's also a joyful person and a loyal friend.
Alex has always been a cyclist and outdoor enthusiast (he’s also a pro-level rafting guide!) but he didn’t start working professionally as a bicycle mechanic until six years ago. He quickly learned the ins-and-outs of life on the road, and he has spent the past four years supporting elite-level road races throughout North America. Thanks to his support so far this year, the Elevate-KHS men were able to take the overall win at their first two events of the season.
When Alex isn’t on the road, he’s home with his wife and six-year-old son in Heber, Utah. (Fun fact: One of Alex’s favorite races in recent memory was last year’s Tour of Utah, which passed right by his front door!) Alex does a lot of independent mechanic work out of his house, and we are proud to say that he was one of our first official PBMA member mechanics. To learn more about Alex’s work, or if you are in need of a good mechanic in the Salt Lake City area, check out his Complete Cycling page.
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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