Eric Barlevav takes a narrow trail down a rocky hillside in this shot from October of 2006. After a few years of test riding with us for our photo shoots, Eric became a pro mountain bike racer, then a pro road bike racer. Some readers may remember his spectacular win of the final sprint in the USA Crits Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic in 2008, where he crashed just as he won the sprint, when his bars slipped out of his hands, and he bellyflopped onto the pavement at full speed. (If you missed, it's still on YouTube.) Eric has now retired from racing and is going to school in San Diego, studying to be a physical therapist.
Photo: JK/Mountain Bike Action