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Rising Stars: Meet Jordan Scheiderich

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Scheiderich. 

Hi Jordan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I grew up in upstate NY, Rome NY to be exact. I raced BMX and rode freestyle as a kid until I was about 17yo. I loved racing and it was my passion but I couldn’t afford to race at the professional level. I completed my Airframe and Powerplant certification at Mohawk Valley Community College when I was 19yo. After a year of not being able to find a job in aviation without any experience. I joined the Army and served 6 years as an avionics aircraft mechanic and completed one tour to Afghanistan. I spent most my time at Fort Riley in Kansas. I still rode BMX and found a small group of riders in Manhattan KS that had a hidden gem of Dirt Jumps called Holiday Trails. Jay the guy who started the trails actually got me into Mountain Biking. About a year before leaving the Army my now wife Megan told me I should try racing again. I headed to Topeka where the closes BMX track was and started racing again. I raced one season as an expert and then raced two seasons as an A-Pro. I wasn’t the fastest but I definitely still had some speed. I moved to the KC area in 2016 and worked at KCI as an avionics mechanic for ATS. 

Around 2018 a few of my MTB friends in KC got me to race an Enduro MTB race in Arkansas. I signed up pro and finished 4th! I was hooked, it was also one of the hardest things I had done at that time. 

I am now living in Overland Park and working full time with Garmin as an avionics install technician. When I am not working, I am training and having fun on my bikes, building trails, or training other riders. I am a volunteer trail steward for Urban Trail Co and I help look after Nall Park and Kessler Park trails. 

In 2022 I will be competing all across the country racing the Big Mountain Enduro Series. I will also be training to run my first Marathon with a bigger dream of competing and finishing an Iron Man event. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This sport (enduro mtb racing) is very demanding, hard on your body, your mind, and your wallet. In 2018 I had a very bad crash in Keystone Colorado. I was knocked unconscious, broke two vertebrae, broke my collar bone, and separated my AC joint all in the same crash. This was my worst crash but I have had many others that have set me back and taken a lot of time and money to overcome. 

The other main problem I have is that getting to these races is very tough time consuming and expensive. Most of these weekends are 4-5 days long and I have to drive to get there. 

This year will be the toughest season for me as all these events are 5 hours or more from my front door. The finals are at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what do.
My day job is pretty awesome. I get to work with a team at Garmin installing new avionics and autopilots in old and new planes. These planes might have never had an autopilot in the first place. Working for such a great company like Garmin helps me to do what I truly love and that’s riding bikes. I have a dream of working in the cycling industry someday whether that’s racing/riding professionally, teaching others, or helping design new products.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I would say that a lot of people don’t know that I served in the Military, or that I love running and have a 10 year goal of competing and finishing a half and full Iron Man.

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Travis Anteau

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