Andreas Hestler aka ‘Dre’ began his passion for mountain biking in 1986, back then it was simply transportation. Soon after moving to Vancouver and embracing the life of a courier an attempt at racing was made and a new love was born. The next 20 years described a full career, 13 years on the World Cup Circuit, World Championship and the Olympics, the lifestyle of a devoted athlete, but one who enjoyed the process and was aware of the other aspects of life. Volunteering always ranked high as did competition, coaching, winning and promoting the sport at a local level.
Taking Canada and Rocky Mountain Bicycles to the Olympic debut of Mountain Biking in Atlanta (1996) will rank very high as an achievement, as will representing Canada as the National Champion, and National Series winner 5 times. A true ambassador for the sport, a pioneer, a fierce competitor and all around cyclist with wins on the road, mountain and cross bike, from Epic to short track and Super D, Dre has a two wheel gift, an engine and a personality to match.
In the last few years after winning the Trans Rockies 3 times, Dre has found writing, guiding, event promotion and exploring to be his new hobbies and of course they all happen on Rocky Mountain Bikes.
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