Ross ”Rosco” McNamara
The one continuous face since 1993, Ross is the one responsible for this motley crew. He has worn every possible hat in a bike shop since 1983. His passion for cycling has never waned, and to this day he spends equal time road and mountain riding and in the winter he loves to xc ski. You might even find him in one of the local coffee shops with his riding buddies. Come say hi at “beer thirty”, on a Friday or Saturday, you’ll likely find him in the back. And yes he still works almost every day except Sunday…
Position: Manager / Problem Solver
Number of years employed: Forever
Charles is another mainstay of the Gericks Crew. He is plied his trade at Gericks since the 50’s (Ok since 2000, it just seems like he’s been here that long). After many years of racing/ riding bikes and skiing he has learned one thing, he loves to ride and ski. Nowadays he is just as likely skiing with his little girls or teaching Nordic skiing as he is shredding trails and ski slopes. His brown locks are fading a little salt a pepper these days, but don’t let that fool you, the guy huckin right in front of (or over) you is likely the adrenalin infused Charles B(braap) Arnold.
Position: Service Manager, Mechanic, Ski Tech
Number of years employed: 15+
Mark loves to Nordic ski, alpine ski, mountain and road ride while spending quality time with his young family. Come spring he runs the group road rides every Saturday from the shop with his “No Drop” all- inclusive policy. When you walk in through our service door, Mark is likely the first person you will meet. He learned to fix bikes and skis at an early age from his dad who was also a bike mechanic. His father seemed to instill a wisdom beyond his years as his calm demeanor is perfectly suited to rescuing even the most frustrated gear users with clear solutions to fix their technical issues. Whether its ski boot fitting, bike repair, ski tuning, or just a relaxed conversation, Mark is your guy.
Position: Sales, Boot & Bike Tailor
“The Raspy Voice” grew up stoked on BMX, Nordic and DH skiing in Ontario and Quebec, then transplanted down to the States for a bit where he raced road bikes and rode XC. Back in his home and native land, Mr. Cannelloni enjoys classic, skate, DH, AT, and helps lead our weekly gravel and road rides in the summer. Matt is a Masterfit and Sidas Certified Boot Fitter, Shimano Certified Tech and Bike Fitter, and works with several of our local cycling organizations.
Position: Sales, Boot & Bike Fitting
Hailing from the heartlands of Saskatchewan, Iain started riding skis and bikes pretty much the day he learned to walk, and eventually made the great migration to the Koots to hone his freeriding skills. Good luck trying to find him shredding secret stashes at Whitewater and Mountain Station - you’re better off trying to catch him on his Kona Rove commuting to work.
Iain is a Sidas Certified Boot Fitter and has over 5 years of experience tinkering in bike shops.
Position: Shipping/Receiving & Warranty
A native Ontarian (and avid Maple Leafs fan), Eric began riding BMX at a young age and graduated to MTB as an adult. He loves spending time in the woods around Nelson, and more recently, he’s seen the light and swapped his snowboard for a pair of planks. Eric also enjoys backcountry Nordic skiing and can quip Seinfeld quicker than any of the staff at the shop.
Position: Mechanic, Ski Tech, Service Writer
Born ripping in the Krkonose Mountains of the former Czechoslovakia, our “Czech Tech” has been a stronghold in our service department since 2020. A Kootenay Pass touring legend, you can ask Jiri about awesome routes and, if need be, sleeping in snow caves on mountains to catch the best lines at sunrise. Jiri’s been tuning skis and bikes for over 10 years, and loves riding his road bike in from Salmo on a cool, crisp morning… Just don’t ask him for a “mom joke.”
Dyno-Mike is a former professional freestyle (hot dog) competitor, where he performed aerials, moguls, and our beloved Tchaikovsky-inspired ski ballet. Mike also dabbles in triathlons, road, MTB and gravel riding, and is an exceptional nordic skier. People sometimes ask Mike, “How tall are you?” to which all 5’2” of his sturdy frame kindly obliges, “I’m not.”
Position: Mechanic, Ski Tech
“Flo-manchu” is a native of the Yukon and Quebec, thus pterodactyl sized mosquitoes are his pets. He grew up kayaking and climbing, took up backcountry touring about five years ago, and is now pursuing a career in alpine guiding. He loves touring Retallack and the Goat Range, and is an honorary member of the Gilmore Girls.