The New Moon Ski + Bike Team Program gives a group of athletes support and the ability to share their race stories while achieving their sporting goals. These athletes understand the importance of staying active and fit, even with the daily demands of life. They have a supportive, positive outlook with which they seek new experiences. As a New Moon Ski + Bike team member, they will help friends, community and training partners by letting them in on the secret. Since 1976, New Moon has provided cutting edge products and expert technical support to help athletes of all ages excel in their sports. Word of mouth has been our #1 reason for growing as a company and lifestyle.
Dakota & Dusty Dale
Even though they are twins, or maybe because of it, Dakota and Dustin are fierce competitors. Dakota recounts, "One of my favorite memories is when Dustin and I raced the Pre Birkie for the first time, and we battled it out all the way down to the end and ended up taking 5th and 6th for that day. It was a good day as we both tried hard to get up there and kept pushing till the end." Dustin's motivation is simple, "Living a healthy lifestyle, surrounded by good, fun, energetic people." Dakota adds, "Also you know at the end of the day you deserve a cold beer!"
Even though she started at the age of 37, Kristen already has 6 Kortes and 6 Birkies under her belt, as well as multiple triathlons, 1/2 marathons, and crossfit competitions. After being invited to a local women's fitness group, Ski and Tea, she began her path to good health. "For me, staying in shape has so many health benefits, and I've developed habits to keep me going. If I am signed up for something, I'm the type that will train for it. And training is also very social for me. I feel very fortunate to have met many wonderful like-minded friends during this fitness journey."
Molly (Burger) LeBlanc, Katie Burger, Emily Burger
It’s clear that a love of xc skiing runs through the Burger girls’ veins, But apart from competing, it is clear that participating with friends and family is what is truly important to them. Molly’s favorite memories are of “roller ski intervals with my Dad and over-distance runs and skis with the NMU team,” and Katie recalls, “Skiing with my best friends in college at the Reforestation Camp trails in Green Bay,” as a special memory. Emily says, “I love the sport of skiing and the people in the ski community are so nice. Having fun while skiing with my family and friends is very motivating and makes me want to keep doing it.”
April's most memorable moment in competition is from the Birkie Half Marathon Trail Run in 2013, "This was my first half marathon ever. I was SO excited for it that I got the start of the race time wrong and showed up 15 minutes late. I was late, but I did not let it stop me from running. I just pushed ahead and killed it!" Her motivation is a healthy lifestyle, "My family and I try to embrace this as much as I can in daily living."
Curt keeps going so he can keep fit. "I need a carrot out there to stay motivated, and healthy. I like to be able to still move well and be active with my children. I want to be able to stay ahead of them for a few more years. I also thing its important to be a little selfish at times and still have those moments where we focus on ourselves and competition. It keeps me being me. He has fond memories of the State Wrestling Championships and the Leadville 100 bike race, but as his kids get older and participate in athletics, he's finding that that may trump anything that I have done in the past, "I really enjoy helping them train and watching them compete."
Jenny recalls, “I was 7 or maybe 8 years old and went out in a full sprint (during her first race), not having any idea of how long 2 miles is, nor insights on "pace". I won the kid's race and never looked back since then - I knew I loved running from that moment on!” For Jenny, being active is not a matter of being motivated, “When you love training and competing, it's the highlight of your day and something you look forward to. Moreover, the many friendships that you develop with like-minded athletic and healthy folks from all walks of life keeps you coming back for more.”
L.J. TworekLJ's favorite memory of his athletic career is his very first road ride with his Uncle. "He asked me if I wanted to join him on a 12 mile road ride, which I thought was crazy back then. After that ride I was hooked. What keeps me motivated to keep participating and competing is the community and environment that comes with silent sports. There is also no better feeling than the sense of accomplishment after a grueling race."
"This is tough. So beautiful. And I'd like to keep doing this sort of thing in my life." -Syd, after an all day 28 mile run from the north rim of the Grand Canyon down to the Colorado River and back. Running, as well as other sports, has been an integral part of Syd's life over the years. "My fit friends, family and the kids on the team keep me motivated. There's nothing like seeing the cross country kids having fun and racing through the woods that reminds me what got me started in the first place. An event or two will give me a little focus to my training, but it's the long "mom" runs and skis I get to do with my friends that I really look forward to and really need most of all. "
Ian has been an athlete all his life, but is relatively new to silent sports. "I began mountain/fat/road/gravel biking when I moved to Hayward in 2014 and skied my first Birkie in 2015. My favorite race has been the Fat Bike Birkie several times, which has a great atmosphere and plenty of beer and partying. Overall I really enjoy the supportive, energetic community surrounding all of these activities and supporting healthy lifestyles that celebrate our beautiful area. Plus the post activity social time with beer and snacks (herring!) is as much fun as the activities themselves."