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Jamie grew up in a small town about an hour south of Charlottesville. His passion for cycling started in 1989 watching the Tour de France and he started riding that year and has never stopped. His love of cycling has taken him up and down the East Coast, as well as a few places on the West coast. Attending colleges in Vermont and Illinois, completing a BA in History at DePaul University. Jamie’s path has taken him from food services, to owning a small clothing boutique, to managing a bank, but one thing has remained a constant, his love of cycling. This lead him to the opening of Endeavor Cycles!
If he is not riding a bike or at the shop working with customers, he is at home with his wonderful wife, Eva and their little daughter, Grace.
Initially being drawn to Charlottesville by the beauty of UVA, Paul began working in the local bike industry in 2005 to help pay for college expenses. It became evident very quickly that this was not a short term job but something he wanted to pursue as a career. After completing his Master’s Degree in 2008 in the Kinesiology Department and Curry School of Education, he continued to fit bikes locally and for several years in Washington, DC. Those years brought him much excitement, travel, learning, and interaction with fascinating people. Eventually the hustle and bustle and long commute times of the DC lifestyle caused his migration back south to be part of a fast growing Charlottesville Bicycle Community. Paul is excited to be with Endeavor Cycles as a continued member of a growing and supportive bike community while also being able to enjoy significantly less driving time each day along with a continued casual and fun working environment.
Socially minded and technologically inclined, I have been drawn to cycling, wrenching in particular, from an early age. I was on a bike before I could properly run and whiled away many an afternoon at my dad's workbench as soon as I was tall enough to see over it. In Fall 2013 I moved to Charlottesville to pursue a degree in Anthropology at the University of Virginia. In 2015 I attended courses at the United Bicycle Institute in Portland, OR to receive my certification in bicycle repair, wheel building, and suspension tech. After Oregon, I started wrenching part time at a local bike shop while finishing my final year at UVA. Now entering my second year as a mechanic, I am the head mechanic for Bike UVA, a branch of Parking and Transportation that hosts free maintenance clinics on Grounds for students.