RIDE BACKWARDS

Welcome to the RIDE BACKWARDS Athlete page. We are honored to help support some exceptional athletes as they pursue excellence in a variety of sporting events. Please scroll down the page to see their pics and learn more about these talented firefighters & the events they compete in. 

* Check out our RB Sponsored Teams to see more athletes competing for us this season.

 

LORI BADGLEY

Lori is a CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer and works as a Speech Therapist at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC.  
At night, she coaches CrossFit and trains for different local CrossFit competitions and events. 
Lori divides her time between her 3 children, work, training and competing with her boyfriend, David Bowman. "I started wearing Ride Backwards apparel when David became a Ride Backwards athlete. I love wearing everything I own RB and am so honored to be part of this RB team!"

 

DARRIN BANFIELD

OFFICIAL TEAM RB PHOTOGRAPHER

First, I would like to say thank you to Ride Backwards for the privilege of shooting for them.

A little about about myself;  I’m a volunteer firefighter in two departments: Shrewsbury Hose Co. #1 and South Old Bridge #2.  I also did 4 years on heavy Rescue and 9 years as an EMT. I live in New Jersey where I’m trying to get my photography business up and running; I’ve been shooting seriously for the last 15 years.

I have been shooting FFCC in Europe, getting to meet a lot of great people and hoping this year to meet a lot more. Seeing that I’m the Ride Backwards photographer, all Team RB members will be given priority to their runs.

Looking forward to getting some great photo’s this year. See ya at the toughest all day event-- being the camera guy at an FFCC.

Thanks again RB!

 

MO BELL

Mo headed overseas after graduating from Elon University & played basketball professionally for six years. After retiring from basketball, he joined the fire service and is 5 yrs in as a firefighter with Farmers Branch, TX.

2012 will be Mo's third season in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. 2011 was a great year as he welcomed his first child (a daughter) and set a new PR of 1:50, dropping almost 13 seconds off his previous best. Mo is looking to improve on that this coming year and once again have a positive season.

"The end goal right now is obviously to go Lions Den, it will take a lot of work but I'm looking forward to the fight. I am blessed and truly proud to be associated with Ride Backwards!"

 

CHRIS BESTWICK

Chris Bestwick has been a volunteer firefighter in Te Awamutu, New Zealand for the past 10 years. His day job is a Sales Manager for Landex.

Chris has a true passion for all types of sport which have included top level rowing, rugby, soccer and stair climbing for charity events. More recently he has found a passion for CrossFit which has fit well with Firefighter Combat Challenge training.

Chris began competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge in 2011. Off with a bang, he first ran a 2:54. With some serious training, Chris won the National title in October of that year with a time of 1:56. Since 2011, he has had the Combat Challenge bug, with two World Challenge events under his belt, and also First Place Tandem & Relay - New Zealand titles.

“My goal for the 2014 World Firefighter Combat Challenge is to make it into the Lion’s Den with a time of 1:39.99.”
He is very proud to join the Ride Backwards Team.

 

 

DAVID BOWMAN

 

David Bowman has been serving the citizens of Charlotte NC for 15 years. Currently a firefighter on Heavy Rescue 3 and a member of the North Carolina Helicopter Rescue Team.

2012 marked 14 years and over 150 races in the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Fortunately, Dave has been blessed to be successful in a sport that is so enjoyable. His accomplishments are as follows:

- 6 time Grand National Champion
- 2 time US National Champion
- Over 40 tandem World Record holder
- Former co-ed tandem & over 40 relay world record holder
- 2010 3rd in the world in over 40
- 2011 2nd in the world in over 40
- 3rd in 2012 Worlds over 40
- 1st in 2013 over 45.

"In addition to the above accomplishments, working with a great company like Ride Backwards only adds to the blessings in my life."

 

MACKENZIE BRIGGS

Mackenzie Briggs has been a proud member of the RIDE BACKWARDS since 2008.

He sports his RB gear everywhere he goes. Carrying all his "floating gear and fire house goodies" in his RB duffels as he floats Palm Beach County FD. He competes in the FCC where he began his journey with RB in Asheville, NC.

He is currently on a CrossFit quest to compete to his highest ability. Last year he got the opportunity to compete at the Southeast Regional on a team. He currently coaches and trains CrossFit daily. His love for sports and RIDE BACKWARDS is part of his everyday demeanor and drive. He is happily supporting his RB apparel on anything he takes on.  

 

WHITNEY BRIGGS

Whitney Briggs is 25 years old and originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She worked for HRM Fire and Emergency for 3 years and began her journey competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge in 2009.

She met her husband, Mackenzie Briggs competing in the challenge which inevitably lead to her move to South Florida, where she currently resides and works for Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue as a firefighter/paramedic.

Whitney's PR in the challenge is 2:58, and she and Mackenzie are the first married couple in the history of the challenge to both win the individual male and female races at the US Nationals in 2011.

Whitney finished her first half marathon in 2013 with a time of 1 hour 55 minutes. She currently coaches, trains and competes in CrossFit on her days off from the fire department and also plans to begin competing in the FF Combat Challenge again in the 2014 season now that her probationary year with BSOFR is coming to an end.

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."  

 

 

ANDREW CATRON

Andrew is a career firefighter in Northeast Tennessee, and has been in the fire service for 8 years. He is a native of Southwest Virginia and relocated to Kingsport, Tennessee in early 2008 to start his career with the Kingsport Fire Department. 

Currently assigned to Station 1 and on the Department’s Technical Rescue Team, he takes pride in every aspect of the profession. In his spare time, he runs a fire service blog called The “Model City” Firefighter. The blog provides Catron with an avenue to write about topics that interest him, including physical fitness.

Catron is a proud member of the IAFF, and serves as an Executive Board Member for Local 2270. Andrew also has also traveled to New York City to assist with Hurricane Sandy Relief with Task Force 17 out of the Charlotte, NC area. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the National Firefighters Endowment, an organization that provides grants and equipment for departments in need.

While personal fitness is something that Catron has struggled with in the past, he has pushed himself to loose nearly 50 lbs. He enjoys working out on and off the job. He climbs in multiple 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs each year to help raise money for the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation and to honor those who were killed on 09/11/01. Catron has also participated in multiple 5K’s, and recently joined his local CrossFit gym, CrossFit: Shifty Powers.

 

 

CHRIS CERCI

Chris Cerci, is a 19yr veteran of the fire service.

Chris is currently working full time for the City of McKeesport in southwestern PA, and part time for the Peters Township and Swissvale Borough.  

A competitor in the Firefighter Combat Challenge since 2001, some of his accomplishments include multiple Regional titles in the Over 40 division, Over 40 US Grand National Champion in 2007, 3rd place in the US Nationals Over 40 division in 2008, and 3rd place in the 2013 World Challenge Over 45 division.

Chris recently competed in the first ever Elkhart Brass Firefighter Throwdown CrossFit competition placing 4th after two days of workouts.

Chris is a husband to Laurie and father of twin 3 year old girls, Abigail and Sophia. He is proud to be a part of Team Ride Backwards and is looking forward to representing them in the up coming 2014 Firefighter Combat Challenge Season.

 

 


MELANIE COLLINS

Melanie was a firefighter/EMT in the DC Metro area for nine years before relocating to Lewisville, Texas in 2010 to finish her MS in Emergency Management.

She has been a lifelong athlete, playing highly-competitive sports in college and for several years after graduating, as well as competing in several triathlons over the past few years.

After struggling through a life-threatening illness and several serious knee injuries, Melanie recovered fully and took up the fast-paced sport of 3-gun action shooting (using pistol, rifle and shotgun) in late 2010 and has competed in several matches over the past 18 months, consistently placing in the top 3 of her division.

 

 

ROSS DEFALLE

Hi all, I'm Ross DeFalle; I'm 28 years old and from Pittsburgh, PA. I run obstacle course races. My story differs from the rest of the incredible athletes on Team Ride Backwards. I am not a fire fighter, I help put together fitness programs for the Economy Volunteer Fire Department, Station 69, in Economy, PA, a small town outside of Pittsburgh.
At the end of 2011, I was in a horrible place. I threw away friendships, I was selfish, and it pained me to look at myself in the mirror. Through the next 9 or 10 months, I was lost. I finally snapped out of my funk when a friend from Station 69 asked me to help draw up a fitness program with him for some of the members at the department. I mention that story to mention this: when you're lost and down, find your passion and hang on tight. I rebuilt my body and mind through fitness.

Before 2013, I had never run an obstacle course race; in 2013, I was fortunate enough to compete in The Tough Mudder World Championships, the Spartan Death Race, and I was lucky enough to earn my Spartan Race Trifecta. I also completed my first triathlon in Honolulu, HI. From these races, I realized that life is a lot like fitness; I am nowhere near the type of person I can be, nor is my fitness level where it can be, but there is room to grow, and if you aren't waking up each day ready to grow, it's time to reevaluate.


In 2014, I am anxious to represent Ride Backwards at The Death Race, World's Toughest Mudder, and other numerous races across this great country. I am also going global this year, I will be Running With The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. I also hope to earn a Crossfit Level 1 certification and personal training and nutrition certifications.
If I can leave the Ride Backwards community with anything it would be this: live for monumental moments, don't let them slip through the cracks, and never be afraid to rise after you fall.


I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC with a degree in Economics, where I also played baseball. In 2012, I graduated with my MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Arizona State. I also enjoy traveling, surfing, sky diving, and scuba diving.


Thanks for reading, have a great 2014, all!

 

ARTISKA DORSEY

I work as a Driver Operator for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

 

I have been an AE for close to 4 years now, and have been employed with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for 7 years-9 months.

I participate in 5ks, 10ks, and CrossFit, and will hopefully compete in a great Firefighter Combat Challenge season this year. I enjoy staying active when I'm not working a ton of hours, and I look forward to a more active and successful season in 2014.


 
 

IRENA ELMSTROM

Irena Elmstrom is a paramedic/firefighter at Boca Raton Fire Rescue.  
Irena has been competing nearly 10 years in the FCC.  She has accumulated many medals and titles during these years, including 2-time World champion, 2 -time Grand National champion, former World co-ed tandem record holder, and the 2013 US Female National Champion.  
Irena is also a CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer and Olympic lifting trainer and is involved in many South Florida events, whether as an athlete or judge.  
Irena is looking forward to 2014 season with her long time FFCC tandem partner David Bowman.

 

JOHN HARVEY

John Harvey moved to Chicago in 2010 after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University where he played rugby at the collegiate, all-state, and men’s elite level.  Once in Chicago John explored multiple areas of fitness and competition, competing in the 2010 Chicago Urbanathlon, the 2011 Midwest Jiu Jitsu Championship, the Wisconsin Tough Mudder, Amateur Strongman in the 205 lb. weight class, and competing in multiple CrossFit competitions with his wife and fellow coach Sarah; all while coaching and training at Lincoln Park CrossFit and Edgewater CrossFit.


“My wife, Sarah, and I have dedicated our lives and careers to fitness and competition training.  We love coaching CrossFit not only because it is our own passion and we are fierce competitors, but because we love educating as many people as possible on the  lifelong benefits of being strong and fit.  Aiden, our 8 year old son (my stepson) is studying Jiu Jitsu and learning the family business; being strong and healthy. My wife and stepson are my biggest source of strength.  We love to go out and have fun with friends, but we really love getting into the CrossFit gym and slamming barbells with friends!”


“I am proud to wear and live the RB brand.  Every day I work to Kill My Ego and Build My Pride.  It is an honor to be one of the first non-firefighter athletes to be sponsored by RB alongside American heroes.”

 

 
 

SARAH HARVEY

Sarah was an All-American with the American Dance Association, and competed in a powerlifting competition in High School where she took first place.

Sarah began competing in Figure competitions in 2011 with the highlight being taking 7th in International Amateur Figure at the ultra-competitive Arnold Classic in 2012.

Sarah began training in CrossFit in late 2012 with her husband John Harvey and right away discovered a new passion.

Since then she became a certified CrossFit instructor and Coach at Edgewater CrossFit and Lincoln Park CrossFit in Chicago. Sarah has competed in several CrossFit competitions and is working toward her goal of being a competitor in the CrossFit Games North Central Regional, and eventually a CrossFit Games competitor.


 

 
 

LINDSEY INGRAM

I've been a firefighter for the Winnipeg Fire Dept. for 15 years. I

In addition to the combat challenge, I've also competed in CrossFit, figure, stair climbs, the Warrior dash, triathlons, Olympic weightlifting, and adventure racing.


I am also a certified strength coach (NSCA-CSCS) and I coach CrossFit at CrossFit [204].


Some competition highlights include:
2013 -
Combat challenge Worlds 1st place women's over 40
CrossFit team - 5th place at Can West Regionals
2012 -
Combat challenge Worlds 2nd place female
CrossFit Can West Regionals - 15th individual female
2011 -
Combat Challenge Worlds 3rd Place Female
FireFit Combat Challenge Nationals (Canada) - 2nd Place Female

I love sports and I love being active and seeing what I can do. My immediate goal is to improve on last years individual placing in the CrossFit Open. Long term I want to stay healthy and happy, keep competing and have a blast doing it.

It's not worth it unless it's fun.  It's a tremendous honor to be a member of the RB Team!

 

 
 

SUE JUEDES

Sue Juedes is an Apparatus Engineer for the City of Madison Fire Department.  As she tells her friends, she drives a Ladder Truck for a living.  
She has been serving the citizens of Madison as a Firefighter for over 10 years.  In addition to being an AE, Sue served as a Training Officer for the Madison Fire Department and is looking forward to her third consecutive recruit academy.  According to Sue, it's a wonderful way to give back to the MFD and to inspire the newest members of the department.
To stay "fit for duty," Sue teaches weekly Group Exercise classes, practices yoga regularly, and competes in various events from mountain bike racing to Half Marathons to stair climbs.  Sue has completed two Ironman events in Madison, Wisconsin, several half Ironman triathlons, too many mountain bike races to count, and nearly one of every fitness oriented event in her region.
This year she looks forward to attending classes at FDIC in Indianapolis and joining the many men and women on The Stair Climb who are climbing to honor the FDNY firefighters who gave their lives on the tragic 9-11 events that rocked our nation.
Sue is honored to be on the Ride Backwards Team 2014 and plans to keep you all posted of the fun events she embarks upon this season via regular photo posts.  

 
 

DOMENIC MACCIO

 
Domenic Maccio works as a Firefighter/EMT for a defense contractor in the beautiful State of Maine. He is also a Deputy Chief for the Woolwich Fire Department. He has been living the dream for 24 years now both as a firefighter and EMT. He holds certifications as a Haz Mat Tech, Hi/Low Angle Tech, Confined Space Tech and Extrication Specialist.

Domenic competes yearly in numerous stair climbs, mud runs, trail runs, cycling events and road races. Domenic has been training hard to add triathlons to his list of events this year.

He prides himself on raising money for charities that benefit firefighters and veterans such as the American Lung Association and the Wounded Warrior's Foundation. He is very passionate about spreading the word on the importance of firefighter Health and Wellness.



 

 

JONATHAN MOORE


 
Jonathan has been in the fire service for 6 years and is a Firefighter/Driver with the City of Florence FD. He is currently assigned to Ladder 114.

This will be Jonathan's first year competing in the Scott Combat Challenge as an individual and plans to compete in many obstacle races, stair climbs, and road races.




 

 

PHILLIP MOOSER


 

I was born on the 19th of August, 1992 in Lübben, (Spreewald) Germany. There I`m a volunteer firefighter at Feuerwehr Lübben. My dad and grandpa are both volunteer firefighters, too. I am currently studying industrial mechanics until the end of June, 2014. After this I will pursue education as a professional firefighter.

 

I started participating firefighter sports in 2011 with the Stair Climb and Firefighter Combat Challenge, and in 2012 with the Toughest Firefighter Alive. I love the Firefighter Combat Challenge -- my PR is 1:46;96 (XXII Worlds Las Vegas), because it`s the best firefighter fitness training. My next goal is Lions Den and to be better in all other sports.

I train hard for my goals, also I´m very proud to be a part of Team RB. Thanks for all!



 

CHANCE MULLINS


 
I am married to my best friend, Stacy, and we have 4 great kids, Tyler, Braylee, MyLee and LynnLee. I have been a firefighter in Lawton OK since 2009, and I've competed in the Challenge since 2011.
I also run 5k, 10k and half marathons throughout the year. This year is going to be a big year, I'm more motivated than ever and I'm finally feeling more comfortable on the course.
My goal this year is the Lions Den, and I'm looking forward to the work it's going to take to get there. Thank you Ride Backwards for such a great product and this opportunity.



 

 

ROBERT MURRAY

 

Bob Murray has been with Edmonton Fire Rescue for 16 Years.

He started his addiction with the FCC in 2001 and has never looked back. Known as "Babs" by most of his peers, if he's not in the gym you will catch him doing something physical at least 7 days a week.  Bob is married to Tara and has two phenomenal boys, Hunter 16 & Dawson 13. "My boys are my pride and joy in life".

Bob has been involved in sports his whole life. Hockey, track, basketball and volleyball are his go-tos. He won a Canadian Natl. Championship as a member of the Mount Royal Cougar volleyball team.

Highlights....
2004 Canadian relay champs
2005 Canadian individual champ and team champs
2005 individual top ten finish at Worlds.
2004 and 2005 third place team at worlds
2011 over forty world champ tandem with Darren Hillman from Windsor Fire.
2013 over forty-five Canadian Champ
2013 over forty five 2nd place finish worlds.

"I am extremely honored to be supported by such a fantastic company like Ride Backwards. And I thank them for supporting me and Team Edmonton".

 

JACQUE PALMER

 
Jacque is a firefighter/paramedic for the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Dept.  She has been on the job in Vegas for 7 years.  
She works on the busiest Rescue and Engine in the city which always makes finding time for training a special challenge.  
Jacque started competing with the Combat Challenge in 2008, running tandems and relays. She finished 2nd at Worlds in the Female Tandem in 2008, and 3rd in 2013.  In 2010, she made the plunge into running the Individual, making the Lions Den in 2012 and finishing 4th at Worlds in 2013.
Besides Combat, Jacque also competes in Firefighter Stair Climbs in the off season.  (Every year, she seriously questions her sanity on her choice of hobbies and down time...)
 "I am hoping to make this my best year ever competing.  I have several personal bests I want to beat.  I am really excited to be able to represent Ride Backwards and be apart of the RB team"

 

CLARENCE PARKS

Chief Parks has competed in the World Finals of Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge since 2007 and has won many awards.

In 2008, he was selected Rookie of the Year at the World Finals in Las Vegas, NV, and in 2013 he received 2nd Awards in the Fire Chiefs Division. He competes in numerous Fundraisers/ Awareness Events and Sports throughout the year. i.e. 5Ks, Boot Camps, Stair Climbs, as well as the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Chief Parks truly believes in leading by example…

Chief Parks served as a member of Northeast 1 Regional Response Team from 2004 until 2006. This service included a tour of duty during Hurricane Katrina.

Chief Parks has served all areas of instruction for the Mississippi Fire Academy which includes driver operator programs, specialized rescue programs and advanced firefighting activities, and currently holds the title of Fire Chief for the Moss Point Fire Department.  Less than a year under the leadership of Chief Parks, the Moss Point Fire Dept. was named the Fire Department of the Year by the MS Burn Foundation.


 
 

WALTER PATTERSON

Walter D. Patterson is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Fire Marshal at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is a 34-year member of the fire service currently serving as a Firefighter with the Grove City Fire Department Station 95. Walter is also the former Assistant Chief of the Stoneboro Fire Company.

A strong advocate of a healthy lifestyle, Walter enjoys working out two hours a day at the Edinboro University Fitness Center and cycling - about 120 miles a week during the summer months. His favorite cardio workout is running stairs with a weight vest. In preparation and training for his first stair climb event, Walter lost 40 pounds. He participated in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Stair Climb at the Fire Expo in Baltimore Maryland and the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in Pittsburgh.

He recently participated in the Polar Bear Bike Tour and looks forward to participating in the Warrior Dash and other extreme obstacle events in 2012. He also has plans to participate in his first 5k race and ride in various charity cycling events in northwestern PA.

Sadly, we lost WD in 2012, but he will always be a member of TEAM RB.  His unending service and commitment to athletics was an inspiration to many.  WD ran a good race!


 
 

DOMEN PAVLIČ

Volunteer firefighter for 18 years in fire department PGD BEGUNJE.


Student on Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana and now writing a diploma about physical preparation for Firefighter Combat Challenge

I enjoy a variety of sports from running, ice hockey, beach volleyball, mountaineering, and mostly training for FCC.

Domen has been competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge for 5 years.
First Slovenian competitor under 1:40 and Lion's Den Member since 2012 (World Challenge XXI, Myrtle Beach).

Current European record holder in: Individual (1:30), Male Tandem (1:18) and Relay (1:18) categories.
Goals: Set individual time under 1:30 and get even better in everything I do.

So proud to be a part of such amazing firefighter community and member of Team RB!


 
 

SHERI PEACOCK

 
Sheri Peacock joined the fire service in 2003 and began competing in the Combat Challenge right after rookie school. She earned a bronze medal at the World Competition in 2004 with a PR of 2:24. She is one of only a handful of women to break the 2:30 mark. She has been a member of the Lion's Den since 2003 and still holds the North Carolina State record.
 
In 2009, she started competing in tandem events beginning with a co-ed. In 2010 she joined forces with RB Athlete Irena Elmstrom and earned a silver medal at the World competition in the Female Division. In 2011, they ended the season with a respectable PR of 2:05.47. In 2013 they earned a silver medal with a time of 2:00.67.
 
When not competing in the combat challenge, Sheri teaches group exercise classes and coaches CrossFit at CrossFit Greensboro.  When not competing in local and regional CrossFit events she does 5Ks, half marathons, mud runs as well as some triathlons. 

 
 

AARON PIERING

Aaron Piering is a Firefighter Paramedic for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue since 2004.

He has been competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge since 2010. His very first run was a 2:15 in Orlando, Florida. He ran his PR and entered the Lion's Den at World's XXX in Myrtle Beach in 2011 with a 1:36. He competes on  team SO FLO with some of the best firefighter athletes in the country.

Aaron was part of Team Palm Beach County that won the U.S. National and World Titles in 2010. He was also the Rookie Of The Year runner-up in 2010.
Aaron loves to train in many different ways which consist triathlons, 5Ks, CrossFit and adventure races. He has placed as high as 12th place over all in the Super Spartan.

He was recently nominated for firefighter of the year in the city of Wellington, FL. He also had his picture on 1 million boxes of Weetabix brand cereal.


 
 

JEFF READMAN

 
Jeff 'Bull' Readman is in his 14th year of emergency response, the last 7 of that being with the Edmonton FD.  
He started running FireFit in 2002 and that's how he came to know his wife and it lead to his career in Edmonton.  Jeff has been a competitive athlete forever.. Just different sports as he's grown... Now it's FireFit, mountain biking and weightlifting.  From bungee jumping to snowboarding to riding his Harley.. Jeff's got a thing with adrenaline.
Jeff is lucky to have an awesome partner both on and off the course with his wife Nickey and three awesome (pull his hair out cuz they're so beautiful) daughters.
Currently, Jeff is a Peer Fitness Trainer with his FD and has a number of CF certifications, as well as weightlifting and ACE Fitness courses.
"I look forward to doing both team Ride Backwards and Team Edmonton proud."



 

DAVID ROGOWSKI

David is a third generation firefighter and has 10 years of service with the Barre Fire Department in Central Mass. He is a member of his departments RIT Team and High Angle Rescue Team. David is also a strength and conditioning coach, corrective exercise specialist and CrossFit level 1 certified trainer.

David was a college football player and has competed in The Firefighter Combat Challenge 3 times with a personal best of 2:24. David is in his first year of running road/trail races and has ran several 5K's in full turn out gear his personal best in gear being 31:14. He is also in his first year of competing in CrossFit, where David has finished in the top 5, four out of his last five competitions taking first place 3 times. David also qualified to be one of 100 firefighters to compete in the first ever Firefighter Throwdown.

David also does training on his own at Driven Athletic Performance and at CrossFit 696. David is proud to be on the Ride Backwards Team and is looking forward to representing RB at all his upcoming competitions and races.


 
 

JASON SELLERS

Jason Sellers has just finished his first year in the fire service in Lawton, Oklahoma and has just started competing in FCC with Team Lawton Fire.

Prior to the fire service, Sellers served eight years in the US Navy, also competing in a semi-pro football team winning league MVP honors and two championships.

When not training for the Challenge, he enjoys being outdoors, mountain biking, and climbing. "I'm very excited to have the opportunities to both represent the FCC and Ride Backwards. While my Challenge career is just beginning, I look forward to developing and to one day join the Lion's Den wearing the best apparel in the industry, RB!"

 

  

RICK STEPHENS

Rick Stephens has been in the fire service for 14 years - a career firefighter, and a 9-yr Fire Captain at Miami Dade Fire.

Rick is on the Haz Mat and Technical Rescue Teams, and is a Fire Instructor & Paramedic.

A Combat Challenge competitor for 10 years, Rick has earned the titles of FCC Grand National Champion in 2004, Over-40 State Champion in 2010, and 2011 Tandem National Champion.

Rick's looking forward to competing in 2014.


 
 

JASON THERIAULT

Jason "T-hoe" Theriault is proudly serving in the US AIR FORCE, active duty for 23 years (E-8, Senior Master Sergeant).  Currently, Jason is the Deputy Fire Chief for Spangdahlen Air Base, Germany. 

Along with his active duty, Jason is a CrossFit Level coach, the previous administrator and head coach at CrossFit Osan, and is getting ready to take over as Administrator of CrossFit Spangdahlem. 

Jason is a current member of the Spangdahlem Firefighter Combat Challenge Team.  The highlight of Jason's athletic Career so far has been a trip to Deerfield Beach in 2003, and then the opportunity to judge the 2013 Asia CrossFit Regionals.  In 2013 Jason ran the Dusseldorf Stair Climb with 220 other FF teams. 

Jason is looking forward to a great friendship & partnership with Team RB. 



 

LORI VILLIERS

Lori is a Driver Operator for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and has been in the fire service 14 years.

Lori has competed in the Firefighter Combat Challenge since 2003, and is a 2012 member of Team Female So-Flo.

When not competing in combat challenge, Lori enjoys CrossFit, participating in the Warrior Dash and playing ice hockey with her husband Jason. She is planning her first CrossFit competition as well as the Super Spartan Race Feb 2012. Lori is most passionate about spending time with her handsome 3-year-old son Ty.


 

 

PHILLIP WASHBURN

 

I'm active duty Air Force (15 years) and I have been in the fire service since 2002.

 

I have a wife named Jennifer and 3 daughters that have been by my side every step of the way through every deployment, assignment and every completion. I've been stationed in various places around the world such as Honduras and Germany.  

 

My family and I have now made our home at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas Nevada. I began competing in the Combat Challenge in 2012. 

 

I look forward to giving everything I have to this great company, the great staff and team they have. It is truly a blessing to be able to have my name associated with the Ride Backwards brand. 


 

 

MATIC ZUPAN

Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
I'm a father of 2 girls - 6 years and 15months old.

I've been a volunteer firefighter for over 10 years at PGD Moste.  Competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge for 4 years.

We are kind of fresh faces at the FCC, and if I'm honest this year is the one that I can say that I know how to train for the FCC. I made into the Lions Den at Worlds in Las Vegas with time 1:37.

I'm training hard this year, 6 days a week, and I want great results.  In tandems we got the European record, and 4th place at Worlds. We have the strongest Relay Team in Europe and are expecting to be European champions again this year.

Before my FCC career I raced motor bikes, and I was 9-time National Champion.

I'm proud to represent TEAM RB!


 
 

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